About the Iona Institute

The Iona Institute promotes the place of marriage and religion in society. Our starting point in debates about the family is that all children deserve the love of their own mother and father whenever possible. We believe in publicly-funded denominational schools. We also promote freedom of conscience and religion.

The Iona Institute is headed by religious and social affairs commentator, David Quinn.

Ireland, the United Nations and human rights 

Ireland is appearing this week before the UN Human Rights Committee to discuss our human rights record. But UN bodies often radically misinterpret their own treaties.

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Latest News

Couple abandon Down's syndrome child born of a surrogate mother

An Australian couple have refused to bring home a baby born of a surrogate mother they commissioned to have a child for them after it was discovered the baby, a boy, has Down's syndrome. They took the baby’s twin sister back to Australia with them.
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Church of Ireland Primate calls for prayers for persecuted Christians of Mosul

The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, has called on Christians to pray for the Christians of Mosul and northern Iraq who are being attacked and driven from their homes by radical Islamists.
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Christians are being murdered worldwide but we don't seem to care

In his column in this week's Irish Independent, David Quinn asks why we don't seem to care about the murder and persecution of Christians in many parts of the world today, including Ireland.
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Recent and Upcoming Events


The Meaning of Religious Freedom

Our next talk will be delivered by the Catholic bishop of Limerick, Dr Brendan Leahy. His topic will be ‘The Meaning of Religious Freedom’. This talk is particularly topical in view of the pressures on religious organisations such as schools and hospitals to conform to values that are often alien to Christianity.

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Aggressive Secularism: lessons for Ireland from Scotland

In Ireland there is a concerted move to banish religion from the public square. In Scotland, something very similar is taking place and if anything is further advanced than here. Professor Tom Gallagher will outline the lesson for Ireland from Scotland

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