A senior Catholic Bishop has called on the electorate to "reflect deeply" on the implications of the forthcoming Divorce Referendum. 

Bishop Denis Nulty, who is chair of the Council for Marriage & Family of the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference, characterised the objective of the referendum as liberalising divorce rather than supporting marriage. 

The Bishop contended that the common good would be better served by supporting and resourcing couples and families in preparation for, and during marriage. 

The referendum takes place next Friday, 24 May, in conjunction with European and Local Elections.