TV and Radio

The place of religion in Irish society

Iona Institute Director, David Quinn, appeared on RTE’s Prime Time last week to debate Census figures showing a decline in the number of Irish people who consider themselves to be Catholic. He debated what this means with Una Mullally of The Irish Times. In particular they discussed whether faith schools should continue to received public...

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The rise of the ‘nones’ and what it means

Census 2016 data, released last week, shows that the number of people in Ireland who say they don’t belong to any given religion has risen to just under 10pc of the population (the so-called ‘nones’), while the number saying they are Catholics has dropped back to 78pc. David Quinn of The Iona Institute, and Michael...

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David Quinn and Colm O’Gorman debate Church/State relations

Claire Byrne Live featured a debate last night about Church/State relations. The two panelists were David Quinn of The Iona Institute, and Amnesty International’s Colm O’Gorman. David defined Church/State separation as meaning neither institution should control the other, but it does not preclude religious bodies like schools receiving public funds. The debate can be watched...

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Maria Steen debates abortion on Tonight with Pat Kenny

Maria Steen of The Iona Institute appeared on TV3’s Tonight with Pat Kenny last night. The subject was the pro-life amendment to the Irish Constitution. Should we retain it or repeal it? Maria argued in favour of retention and said that if we repeal it, it will be the first time ever we have voted to...

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Should the Good Friday ban on alcohol sales be lifted?

Iona Institute Director, David Quinn, appeared on The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk yesterday. He and Senator Gerard Craughwell debated whether or not the Good Friday ban on alcohol sales should be lifted. David argued that in many European countries there are customs and laws that place restrictions on various forming of trading, especially Sunday...

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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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David Quinn debates proposals to lift the Good Friday ban on the sale of alcohol

Iona Institute Director, David Quinn, was on Newstalk Drive yesterday debating the latest effort by the Vintners Federations of Ireland (VFI) to have the Good Friday ban on the sale of alcohol lifted. One reason the VFI want it lifted is that it annoys tourists. David Quinn made the point that the Germans have very...

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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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David Quinn responds to Richard Bruton on faith-based schools

On Tuesday, David Quinn appeared on three separate local radio stations defending the admissions policies of faith-based schools. This was in response to a speech given on Monday by the Minister for Education, Richard Bruton, who promised to change those school’s preference for children of their own community. His interview with Tommy Marren of Mid-West...

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Brendan Conroy on Irish child-care policy

Iona Institute board member, Brendan Conroy, was on Soulwaves Radio recently to discuss Irish child-care policy. The item was prompted by a recent Amarach Research poll, commissioned by The Iona Institute, which shows marked gender difference between men and women in their work/life preferences. The item can be heard here.

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