About the Iona Institute

The Iona Institute promotes the place of marriage and religion in society. Our starting point in debates about the family is that all children deserve the love of their own mother and father whenever possible. We believe in publicly-funded denominational schools. We also promote freedom of conscience and religion.

The Iona Institute is headed by religious and social affairs commentator, David Quinn.

G.K. Chesterton: Defender of the Family 

Dale Ahquist, a leading expert on the writings of G.K. Chesterton, delivered a talk in Dublin called 'G.K. Chesterton, Defender of the Family'.

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Rights Commission calls for amendment not deletion of religious ethos protection clause

The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) has rejected calls for the deletion of Section 37 (1) of the Employment Equality Act, which allows religious employers to hire staff in accordance with their ethos. They instead recommended that Section 37 be amended. In a submission made to Justice Minister Alan Shatter, the IHREC (which includes the former Equality Authority) said that deleting Section 37 (1) “could constitute a violation of the rights of employers and employees to religious freedom. Such a right exists within European and Irish Constitutional law.”
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Italy allows egg and sperm donations but only for married couples

The Italian constitutional court has overturned a ban on egg and sperm donation. However, it continues to be the case that only married couples can use donor eggs and sperm. Elements of Italy's “Law 40” banning donor egg and sperm were declared unconstitutional with immediate effect
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Catholic schools continue to outperform State schools in NI

Last week the Community Relations Council in Northern Ireland published its latest Peace Monitoring Report. It found that Catholic schools continue to outperform State schools at all levels of society.
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Church and State under Enda Kenny

Relations between Church and State have been turbulent since the current Government came to power. David Quinn examines its record to date from the closure of the embassy to the Holy See to the passage of the new abortion law.

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What happened to Catholic Ireland? An Irish-American historian’s view

John McCarthy is retired professor of Irish history at Fordham University, New York, and lives part of the year in Ireland. In his talk he will give his view on the past, present and future of Irish Catholicism.

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