Press Releases

Coppinger Bill would destroy denominational education

Press release from The Iona Institute  Coppinger Bill would destroy denominational education May 16, 2017 The ‘Equal Participation in Schools Bill’ proposed by Ruth Coppinger TD would have the effect of destroying denominational education in Ireland, the Iona Institute has said today. The Bill would take away the right of such schools to have a...

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TDs urge Government to recognise ISIS actions against religious minorities as ‘genocide’

Press release from The Iona Institute  TDs call on Government to recognise ISIS persecution of religious minorities as genocide May 2, 2017 – A group of 22 TDs and Senators have written to Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan, asking that he and the Government recognise as genocide what is being perpetrated by...

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Bruton speech latest in a series of moves against faith schools

Press release from The Iona Institute  Bruton speech latest in a series of moves against faith schools January 16, 2016 – The speech delivered today by Education Minister, Richard Bruton, signalling changes to the admissions policy of faith schools, is part of a wider pattern of moves against faith schools, The Iona Institute has said. It...

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Only 17pc of mothers want to work full-time

Press release from The Iona Institute  Only 17pc of mothers want to work full-time Public more likely to say stay-at-home mothers are undervalued Zappone child-care policy out of step with public opinion December 7, 2016 – Only 17 percent of mothers with children under the age of 17 would opt for full-time work if given a totally...

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Commission proposals another attack on ethos of faith schools

Press Release from the Iona Institute Commission proposals another attack on ethos of faith schools November 17, 2016 – A new submission from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission in response to the ‘Education (Admissions to Schools) Bill 2016’ amounts to an attack on the rights and ethos of faith schools of all types,...

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Plan for subsidised childcare is inherently unfair and unjust

Press Release from the Iona Institute Plan for subsidised childcare is inherently unfair and unjust State must support choices of all parents not just day-care September 16, 2016–  Reports that the State is considering a “radical new plan for subsidising childcare” are extremely concerning because if the State goes down this path, then it will...

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Proposal to reduce time for RE is another attack on denominational schools

Press Release from the Iona Institute Proposal to reduce time for RE is another attack on denominational schools July 26, 2016 – A draft proposal by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) to reduce the two and a half hours allocated by primary schools each week to the teaching of religion is another...

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New paper highlights huge marriage divide between the social classes

Press Release from the Iona Institute New paper highlights huge marriage divide between the social classes Two-thirds of upper professional workers are married but less than a third of unskilled workers June 17, 2016– A new report from The Iona Institute called ‘Mind the Gap’, shows that upper professional workers are more than twice as...

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‘Ireland should recognise persecution of Christians by ISIS as a form of genocide’ says leading campaigner

Press release from The Iona Institute ‘Ireland should recognise persecution of Christians and other religious minorities by ISIS as a form of genocide’ says leading campaigner April 7, 2016 – The Irish Government should formally recognise as genocide the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities at the hands of ISIS, a leading campaigner on behalf of...

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New Dáil must respect a child’s right to a mother

Ireland’s new Dáil has been urged to respect the right of every child to a mother by a leading psychiatrist. Ahead of the annual celebration of Mother’s Day, Professor Patricia Casey of the Iona Institute accused the previous administration of depriving children of the right to a mother and a father through the Children and...

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