TV and Radio

David Quinn on The Last Word with Matt Cooper

Photo: David Quinn with Matt Cooper at the Today FM studios.         On Friday, Matt Cooper did a ‘profile interview’ on the Last Word with Iona Institute Director, David Quinn. In the interview, David speaks about his family’s background in journalism, his own entry into column writing and his founding of the Iona Institute. He...

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How political correctness has gone too far

David Quinn of The Iona Institute appeared on the Last Word yesterday to debate the question, ‘Has political correctness gone too far?’ It was prompted by a column he wrote recently for The Irish Independent. He said that while the basic aim of political correctness can be correct, that is, to combat racism, sexism etc, it...

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Should Catholic schools have to teach a world religions course?

On Monday on Newstalk’s Drive show, David Quinn of The Iona Institute, and Michael Nugent of Atheist Ireland, debated whether or not Catholic (and other denominational schools) should have to teach a proposed new world religions course. David said denominational schools should teach knowledge of, respect for, all religions, but that their right to teach their...

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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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