Press Releases

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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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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