TV and Radio

Iona’s Maria Steen on RTE’s ‘The Cutting Edge’

Iona Institute spokeswoman, Maria Steen, was on ‘The Cutting Edge’ last night. Among the topics discussed; raising children, sex education, attitudes towards religion, and the gender pay gap. The other panellists were radio presenter, Sean Moncrieff, and comedian, Deirdre O’Kane. The show is presented by Brendan O’Connor. You can watch the item by clicking here.

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Why all forms of surrogacy are against human dignity

This week, The Iona Institute hosted Jennifer Lahl (pictured) of ‘Stop Surrogacy Now‘, and the Centre for Bioethics and Culture in California. ‘Stop Surrogacy Now’ aims to bring a halt to all forms of surrogacy on the grounds that it exploits women and commodifies children. It is a broad-based coalition involving feminists, conservatives, religious and...

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David Quinn discusses the Citizens’ Assembly on abortion and child-care

Iona Institute Director, David Quinn, was a panelist on the Late Debate on RTE radio last night. Among the topics discussed was the Citizens’ Assembly which meet to debate the topic of abortion tomorrow, and this week’s Budget which subsidises day-care but gives almost nothing to parents who don’t use day-care. The item is here....

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Maria Steen debates abortion on the Pat Kenny Show

Maria Steen of The Iona Institute and Niall Behan of the Irish Family Planning Association debated the issue of abortion on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk yesterday. The item can be found here. (Drag the red bar at the top about two-thirds of the way along you’ll get to the debate).

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Discussing the possibility of scientifically created motherless babies

According to reports in the papers, in years to come it may be possible for scientists to create babies that will literally have no biological mothers. David Quinn discussed the ethical implications of this on The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk on Friday. The item can be heard here. (Drag the bar at the top...

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David Quinn discusses the ethical pitfalls of sperm and egg ‘donation’

This week, TV3 aired a documentary called ‘Ireland’s IVF couples’. Iona director, David Quinn, was interviewed for it. He spoke about the ethical pitfalls involved in using ‘donor’ eggs or sperm in order to have children. The programme can be found here.

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Professor Patricia Casey debates child-care

A new report indicates that when parents spend too much time out of the house, it may have a detrimental impact on children. Professor Patricia Casey, a patron of The Iona Institute, discussed this on The Last Word on Monday. The item can be found here and begins at 6 minutes.

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Is the Rose of Tralee contest is the place to call for an abortion referendum?

At the Rose of Tralee contest last week, Sydney Rose, Brianna Parkins, called for a referendum on abortion and then appeared on Twitter wearing a ‘Repeal the 8th’ T-shirt. David Quinn of The Iona Institute appeared on the Pat Kenny Show and the Last Word on Friday to argue that light entertainment shows like the...

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Breda O’Brien debates the issue of faith schools on Tonight with Vincent Browne

Breda O’Brien of The Iona Institute debates the future of faith schools and whether faith schools should be allowed to admit children of the faith of the schools first in the event of over-enrollment. The item can be found here and begins at 17 minutes and 30 seconds in.

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The future of Religious Education in primary schools debated

There is a draft proposal to reduce the amount of time faith schools devote to Religious Education each week. David Quinn of The Iona Institute and Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland debated the proposal yesterday on The Pat Kenny Show. David argued that requiring faith schools to devote less time to teaching their faith is...

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