The Iona Blog

Maria Steen debates the admissions policy of faith schools

Maria Steen of The Iona Institute was on RTE’s Claire Byrne Live last night to debate whether or not denominational schools should be allowed to select pupils on the basis of the religion of the school when there are too many applications for the number of available places at the school. The debate can be...

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Why the Good Friday ban on alcohol sales should be retained

The Vintners’ group and the restaurateurs are campaigning once again to bring an end to the ban on selling alcohol on Good Friday. ‘It’s archaic’, they say. ‘It upsets the tourists’. They even claim (wrongly) that the Vatican sells alcohol on Good Friday. In this briefing note we deal with their arguments one by one. We...

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Big majority of submissions to Citizens’ Assembly support the right to life

By Dr Angelo Bottone

In October, the Citizens’ Assembly invited the general public to submit written opinions and contribute to the discussion on the 8th amendment to the Constitution, which is the pro-life amendment. The response from concerned citizens has surprised the organisers for two reasons: for the huge number of submissions and for the fact that a clear majority of...

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The Iona Institute’s submission to the Citizen’s Assembly

The Citizens’ Assembly deliberations into the issue of abortion and the 8th amendment are well underway. The Iona Institute made a submission to the Assembly. It concentrates on setting out the reasons why we should not hold a referendum to repeal something as fundamental as the right to life of the unborn. The submission is...

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Two rivals concepts of autonomy on display at Citizens’ Assembly

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The principle of bodily autonomy was addressed by two speakers during last weekend’s session of the Citizens’ Assembly, which is still discussing the abortion issue. The two speakers took very different views on the issue. One speaker looked at the person as a pure individual, the other as a person in relationship with others. Dr...

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R.R. Reno on ‘American Christians in the Age of Trump’

At a packed meeting of The Iona Institute last month, First Things editor, R. R. Reno discussed the topic, ‘American Christians in the Age of Trump’. He set the American election against wider trends, in particular a growing rejection of globalisation and a rejection of the attempts by global elites to detach us from ideas...

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Time to call maternity hospitals ‘pregnant people’ hospitals?

By Dr Angelo Bottone

If you give birth you are a mother and if you are pregnant you are an expectant mother?  Well, not anymore, according to the British Medical Association. Now you are a ‘pregnant person’. A new booklet issued by the BMA and aimed at promoting ‘inclusive’ and non-offensive language in the workplace claims that “A large...

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RR Reno discusses why many US Christians voted for Donald Trump

First Things editor, R.R. Reno, was a guest of The Iona Institute this week. Among other things, he appeared on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk yesterday where he explained why he converted to Catholicism, what First Things magazine is, and what were the concerns that caused many Americans to vote for Trump, including many...

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European Court applies the brake to the worst kind of surrogacy

By Patrick Fitzgerald

The European Court of Human Rights has today issued a very important ruling which puts something of a brake on the worst kind of surrogacy. The case involved an Italian couple who used a surrogate mother in Russia to have a child to whom neither of them were biologically related. The Court has ruled that the...

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Bruton speech latest in a series of moves against faith schools

The speech delivered today by Education Minister, Richard Bruton (pictured), signalling changes to the admissions policy of faith schools, is part of a wider pattern of moves against faith schools. It is a pattern that amounts to a hostile attitude. Iona Institute Director, David Quinn, said in a press statement: “There are certainly too many...

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