TV and Radio

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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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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