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Weekly mass attendance in Ireland is down from 91% in 1972 to 30% in 2011. Priests and religious orders are literally dying out.  Same sex marriage has been legalised.  Secular "Educate together" schools are opening all over the place. Bishops are often ignored, even by the "faithful".  Foreign born immigrants (who make 16% of the population, greater than the UK's 13%) are often more religious than native born. I'm not saying the Churches have no influence, but that their influence has been in secular decline, much more so than in other Catholic countries like Spain, and perhaps even the UK.

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