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Constitution of Ireland


Article 41.1.1. The State recognises the Family as the natural primary and fundamental unit group of Society, and as a moral institution possessing inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to all positive law. Article 41.1.2. The State, therefore, guarantees to protect the Family in its constitution and authority, as the necessary basis of social order and as indispensable to the welfare of the Nation and the State. Article 41.2.1. In particular, the State recognises that by her life within the home, woman gives to the State a support without which the common good cannot be achieved. Article 41.2.2. The State shall, therefore, endeavour to ensure that mothers shall not be obliged by economic necessity to engage in labour to the neglect of their duties in the home. Article 45.2. The state shall, in particular, direct its policy towards securing:–
i that the citizens (all of whom, men and
women equally, have the right to an
adequate means of livelihood) may
through their occupations find the means
of making reasonable provision for their
domestic needs.