The Iona Blog

The Citizens’ Assembly report ignores conscientious objection

By Dr Angelo Bottone

At the end of June, Ms Justice Laffoy  presented her report on the Citizens’ Assembly meetings dedicated to the discussion of the 8th amendment. In spite of calls for the provision and regulation of conscientious objection to abortion, the report has made no recommendation about it. The Citizens’ Assembly members voted for Article 40.3.3 to...

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The Citizens’ Assembly disregards contributions from ordinary citizens

What is the point of soliciting submissions from the public when the agenda of the Citizens’ Assembly is already set? The Citizens’ Assembly devoted its last two sessions to the discussion of “how we best respond to the challenges and opportunities of an aging population”. For the occasion, the general public was invited to submit...

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Fans of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ ignore the real handmaids of our time; surrogates

Critics are outbidding each other to see who can lavish most praise on the series one Irish Times writer calls a “dystopian masterpiece” about a “religious fundamentalist government who deal with the decreasing birth rates by forcing lower-class women into sexual slavery as reproductive servants for the infertile elite.” The series is The Handmaid’s Tale...

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New CSO survey reveals huge preference for parental care over creche-care for small children

A new CSO module on childcare reveals a huge preference among parents for minding their pre-school and primary school children at home. The module reveals that only a small minority of parents wish to place their children into a creche, Montessori, or some similar arrangement despite the growing Government preference for this kind of childcare....

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Exclusivity no longer an essential element of marriage, Supreme Court decides

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The recent ruling by the Supreme Court on a polygamous marriage means that exclusivity is no longer considered an essential element in marriage. So, marriage does not have to be exclusive under the new legal dispensation, it does not have to be the conjugal union of a man and a woman, it cannot be legally...

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Iona Institute NI spokespeople discuss right to life and same-sex marriage on BBC radio

Iona Institute NI spokespeople Mary Lewis and Tracy Harkin appeared on the BBC today (Friday). Mary appeared on  The Nolan Show to discuss the decision to allow the NHS to fund  Northern Ireland women who travel to England for abortions. Mary’s contribution can be heard here (21 minutes and 53 seconds in). Tracy appeared on...

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Justin Trudeau’s socks and the contradictions of multi-culturalism

Justin Trudeau is the insufferably trendy, attention-seeking, virtue-signalling Prime Minister of Canada. One of Trudeau’s gimmicks is wearing specially made socks designed to draw attention to whatever is on his mind on any given day. For example, on May 4 he wore a pair of Star Wars socks because apparently May 4th is ‘The Force...

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Monogamy is under attack on different fronts

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Last year the Constitutional Court of Colombia legalised same-sex marriages. Now three men in Medellin have gained legal recognition as a ‘polyamorous family’ unit with inheritance rights. The trio will hold a marriage ceremony and then go on honeymoon. Now that many people have decided that sexual complementarity is irrelevant to marriage, why should we...

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It’s official; modern marriage is adult-centred, not child-centred

By David Quinn

It is now official. Marriage is about adults first and foremost. Last week, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of a Muslim man who wanted his marriage to a second woman recognised under Irish law. The Court recognised only the validity of his first marriage as that marriage still existed. In her...

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Official figures badly underestimate number of Down Syndrome abortions

By Dr Angelo Bottone

We know that the number of Down Syndrome babies who are aborted annually in the UK is shockingly high, but it turns out that the figure given by the Department of Health in Britain is a gross underestimate. The Department of Health (DH) puts the figure at about 700, but the true total is more...

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