Press Releases

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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Archbishop Martin right to raise fears for future freedom of the Church

Press release from The Iona Institute Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is right to raise concerns about the implications for the freedom of the Church if the marriage referendum is carried next Friday. In his pastoral reflection on the marriage referendum released this weekend, he says: “Some say that the change will not affect those who do...

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Response to Daniel O’Donnell’s remarks in favour of a Yes vote

Press release from The Iona Institute Daniel O’Donnell explained today on RTE why he will be voting Yes in next week’s marriage referendum. He said how he did not necessarily feel that all children should have a mother and a father and explained how he grew up without a father because his father died when...

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Iona Institute welcomes Referendum Commission’s latest comments on surrogacy, adoption and AHR

Press release from The Iona Institute Comments confirm that it will become very difficult for a preference to be given to motherhood and fatherhood in certain laws should referendum pass The Iona Institute has today welcomed comments made in various media by Judge Kevin Cross, head of the Referendum Commission, about surrogacy, adoption and Assisted Human...

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