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.

The Family; social construction or natural phenomenon? 

Professor Brenda Almond examines the ideas undermining the belief that the biological family is of special importance.

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Latest News

Derek Mooney Show breached regulations by favouring same-sex marriage, BAI finds

An edition of RTE’s Derek Mooney show breached the broadcasting regulations by airing an item in January of this year that favoured same-sex marriage, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has found.
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Major conference on adoption to take place in UCC next month

A two-day international conference on adoption law is to be held in UCC next month. Entitled ‘Redefining adoption in a new era: Opportunities and challenges for law and practice’, the conference will hear from a number of international experts. Philomena Lee, whose story of the search for her son (who was adopted by a family in the US) inspired the recent movie ‘Philomena’, will contribute to the conference on 4-5 September 2014.
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The Iona Blog

Unborn children and rape victims: Ireland's invisibles

Over at Patheos, I blog about the obligations both sides of the abortion debate have in the current case of the young migrant woman and her prematurely born child: So I ask you, if you are pro-choice: write everything you write on this issue like it was a letter to this child. If you can, go further – every time you are about to write a word on this issue, imagine yourself looking at this child at five or ten years of age.
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Recent and Upcoming Events


The Meaning of Religious Freedom

Our next talk will be delivered by the Catholic bishop of Limerick, Dr Brendan Leahy. His topic will be ‘The Meaning of Religious Freedom’. This talk is particularly topical in view of the pressures on religious organisations such as schools and hospitals to conform to values that are often alien to Christianity.

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Aggressive Secularism: lessons for Ireland from Scotland

In Ireland there is a concerted move to banish religion from the public square. In Scotland, something very similar is taking place and if anything is further advanced than here. Professor Tom Gallagher will outline the lesson for Ireland from Scotland

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