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.

Our video explains the case for man/woman marriage 

Our video sets out the case for man/woman marriage and how marriage as presently defined is our most vital and child-centred social institution.

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Mothers and fathers ‘devalued’ by surrogacy law

Ireland’s proposed surrogacy legislation will “devalue the importance of mothers and fathers in the lives of children” a family advocacy group has warned. Reacting to news that the Irish government is currently working on draft legislation towards regulating surrogacy, while banning commercial surrogacy outright, the Mothers and Fathers Matter group stated that, if implemented, the proposed legislation will in fact “violate the rights of both women and children”. “Minister Varadkar’s proposals would mean that one man or two men could use a surrogate mother to have a child. That child would then be deliberately raised without a mother. This violates the rights of the child,” a statement from the group said.
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Church has a right to speak out on social issues says Archbishop Martin

The Church has a right and a duty to “speak out on social issues” Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said. Referring to the same-sex marriage debate, Dr Martin stressed that “the teaching of the Catholic Church on marriage is well known and is not something just Irish. That teaching is the same in Ireland and in any other country in the world and does not change according to fashion.”
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Justice Minister happy to see fathers cut out of the lives of children

Frances Fitzgerald’s speech last night introducing the Children and Family Relationships Bill to the Dail was a masterpiece of evasion, in particular when she commented on the aspects of the Bill dealing with Donor Assisted Human Reproduction (DAHR). Here's what she had to say: “The Bill will not change the rights of most children in terms of parentage. A child who is the natural child of a heterosexual couple will have exactly the same parentage rights as at present. That child will continue to be the child of his or her birth mother and natural father. However, two categories of children will get the chance to GAIN a parent or parents as a result of this Bill. A donor-conceived child will get the right, under this legislation, to gain a second parent. As it stands, if the child is born to a female same-sex couple, that child has only one legally recognised parent if the donor is unknown.”
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Recent and Upcoming Events


Church of Mercy, Church of Standards

Our most recent event dealt with the topic ‘Church of Mercy or Church of Standards?’ At present there is a debate in the Catholic Church about the meaning of mercy. This has been prompted by the emphasis Pope Francis has been placing on mercy, and also by prominence of the topic in the lead-up to the Synod on the Family in Rome.

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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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