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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Archbishop Eamon Martin calls for “calm” debate on same-sex marriage

Dr Eamon Martin, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, has said he “would dearly love to see a greater public debate [on same-sex marriage] in a calm and reasonable manner which respects the voices of people on both sides of the debate.”
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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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Cameron’s “Christian” Britain ruffles atheists’ feathers

An alliance of public figures has accused British Prime Minister David Cameron of “fostering division” within the UK by claiming that Britain is still a “Christian country.” Writing a letter published in the Daily Telegraph, these intellectuals and politicians claimed that Cameron’s message will have “negative consequences for politics and society.” Cameron’s crime? Well, for one, he described Jesus Christ as essentially a forerunner of the welfare state, whereby the Conservative party’s “Big Society” initiative was continuing Jesus’ work. His advocacy of Christianity brought a wrathful response: “it is wrong to try to exceptionalise their [Christians’] contribution when it is equalled by British people of different beliefs.”
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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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