TV and Radio

David Quinn debates Government proposal re admissions policy of Catholic schools

Iona Institute director, David Quinn, was on The Pat Kenny Show last week to discuss the proposal by Education Minister, Richard Bruton, to remove the right of Catholic schools to admit Catholic children first in the event of over-enrollment. This right is being removed only from Catholic schools. The right of minority faith schools and...

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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 ┬áThe Nolan Show to discuss the decision to allow the NHS to fund ┬áNorthern 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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New opinion poll on Good Friday drinking laws discussed on Newstalk Breakfast

A new opinion poll commissioned by The Iona Institute and conducted by Amarach Research found that the public are split 50/50 on whether or not we should allows pubs and restaurants to open on Good Friday, as the Government proposes. David Quinn was on Newstalk Breakfast to discuss the findings and said the Government should...

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David Quinn and Dr Peter Boylan discuss the Sisters of Charity decision to quit their hospitals

The news was announced yesterday that the Sisters of Charity are to quit their hospitals. In the process, their three hospitals will give up their Catholic ethos. David Quinn and Dr Peter Boylan discussed the implications of this on The Last Word. David made the point that, with or without the Catholic Church, Irish people...

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David Quinn and Ruth Coppinger debate denominational education

David Quinn and Ruth Coppinger TD appeared on The Pat Kenny Show to debate denominational education. David argued strongly in favour of parental choice and said that the State must follow the wishes of parents for their children. The debate can be heard here. A clip of David can be heard here.

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Maria Steen and Ruth Coppinger debate denominational education

The Iona Institute’s Maria Steen, and Socialist TD, Ruth Coppinger, debated Deputy Coppinger’s new education bill on Prime Time on Tuesday night. The Coppinger bill would effectively destroy denominational education in Ireland. You can watch the debate here. It is preceded by a four minute report.

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Maria Steen on The Cutting Edge

Maria Steen of The Iona Institute appeared on RTE’s The Cutting Edge last night. Among the topics debated was the Citizens’ Assembly. In this segment she debated the abortion issue with comedian, Tommy Tiernan. To watch the show, click here.

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Should the Sisters of Charity own the new national maternity hospital?

David Quinn was on High Noon on Newstalk yesterday to discuss the row over the fact that the Sisters of Charity will own (though not control) the proposed new national maternity hospital. He said he believed it would be better for them not to own it, but he also said that every hospital, Catholic or...

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Maria Steen discusses the Citizens’ Assembly on RTE’s Drivetime

Maria Steen of The Iona Institute was on RTE’s Drivetime on Monday evening to discuss the recommendations by the Citizens’ Assembly in favour of a very wide-ranging liberalisation of our abortion laws to bring them more in line with Britain’s. Her contribution can be heard here.

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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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