Press Releases

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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Abolition of Rule 68 another attack on the rights of faith-based schools

Press release from The Iona Institute  The unilateral decision by Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan, to abolish Rule 68, is another attack on the rights of faith-based schools. Rule 68 helps to protect the ethos of faith-schools. Commenting on the decision, David Quinn of the Iona Institute said: “This is yet another attack on the rights...

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Demand for non-religious schools is very low, says Church of Ireland Education Secretary

Press release from The Iona Institute  Around 200 primary schools throughout the country out of the existing 3,300 schools would serve the needs of parents who want a non-religious education for their children, according to the Secretary of the Church of Ireland Board of Education, Dr Ken Fennelly. Dr Fennelly will make the remarks tonight...

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National conversation needed about the future of marriage

Press release from The Iona Institute Both sides in campaign need to enter conversation about how to strengthen marriage  Government should spell out how it will address concerns of those who voted No There are now clearly two very different views in Irish society about the nature of marriage. However, it remains a fact that...

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Congratulations to the Yes side on their win

Press release from The Iona Institute We are proud to have helped represent the hundreds of thousands of people who voted No We would like to congratulate the Yes side on winning such a handsome victory in the marriage referendum. They fought a very professional campaign that in truth began long before the official campaign started....

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‘No’ side finishing strongly

Press release from The Iona Institute A ‘No’ Vote is a vote for common sense Several thousand volunteers all over the country have been tirelessly leafletting, canvassing and putting up posters for the last few weeks and months calling on people to vote No. As the campaign has progressed, more and more volunteers have come...

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Response to Mary McAleese’s comments today on the marriage referendum

Press release from The Iona Institute If the referendum is passed there will be some children who will never experience a mother’s love – with the full blessing of the State Mary McAleese has commented again today on the marriage referendum. She said this morning: “The only children affected by this referendum will be Ireland’s...

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Referendum Commissioner’s comments on surrogacy and adoption deeply contradictory

Press release from The Iona Institute Comments by Judge Kevin Cross on Morning Ireland today concerning adoption and surrogacy seem very hard to reconcile with previous comments he has made on these topics. He told Morning Ireland that the referendum is not to do with either surrogacy or adoption. However, last week he admitted that...

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Education Minister’s assurances concerning what Church schools can teach ‘almost worthless’

Press release from The Iona Institute  Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan’s assurances today that Church-run schools will have not to teach a version of marriage that is not in line with their ethos is “almost worthless”, the Iona Institute has said today. A number of Catholic bishops expressed concern over the weekend about what they will...

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Government cannot pretend marriage referendum has nothing to do with surrogacy

Press release from The Iona Institute It has been reported today that the Yes side are worried that the surrogacy issue may help to defeat the marriage referendum on Friday. The Yes side are trying to convince the public that the referendum has nothing to with surrogacy. This is entirely false. The Referendum Commission has...

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