Press Releases

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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Maureen Gaffney needs to withdraw remarks likening No voters to Nazis and racists

Press release from The Iona Institute Gaffney comments indefensible Comments by Maureen Gaffney today that effectively liken those who do not want marriage redefined with Nazis and racists are indefensible and must be withdrawn immediately. In comments earlier today, Dr Gaffney said: “In Nazi German nationals with German blood were not allowed marry Jewish people. “In southern...

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Accord’s funding was slashed despite increase in Tusla budget and a grant from Atlantic Philantrophies

Press release from The Iona Institute The decision by the State’s child and family agency, Tusla, to bring a complete end to State funding of Accord’s marriage preparation courses is even more appalling in light of the fact that Tusla’s funding by the State was increased by €26 million in the last Budget and it...

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Decision to slash State funding of Accord is appalling and indefensible

Press release from The Iona Institute   Government must restore the funding immediately The decision by the State’s child and family agency to bring a complete end to State funding of Accord’s marriage preparation courses is “appalling and indefensible”, The Iona Institute has said today. The funding amounted to almost €400,000 annually. Commenting on the decision,...

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Ref Com confirms that two heterosexual male or female friends can marry under proposed new law

Press release from The Iona Institute This confirms the extent to which marriage will be radically changed The Referendum Commission has confirmed to The Iona Institute that two heterosexual friends of the same sex will be allowed to marry each other under the proposed new law should the marriage referendum be carried on May 22....

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Iona Institute releases one minute video explaining why Ireland should Vote No

Press release from The Iona Institute The Iona Institute has today released a new one minute video explaining why Ireland should vote No in the marriage referendum on May 22. The video points out the consequences of changing Article 41 of the Constitution as the Government and the Yes side proposes. It points out how the...

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Preference for motherhood and fatherhood in Irish law likely to be unconstitutional under new Article 41

Press release from The Iona Institute   Major new legal opinion issued on effects of new Article 41 if passed If we pass the marriage referendum as the Government wants it will have profound changes on how we view the family in our law. A major legal opinion commissioned by The Iona Institute examines this question. It...

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IDA intervention in marriage referendum completely unacceptable

Press release from The Iona Institute The call by the IDA for a Yes vote in the coming marriage referendum has been described as “completely unacceptable” by David Quinn of The Iona Institute. The head of the IDA has said a Yes vote would be “good for business”. Responding, David Quinn said: “By intervening in...

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