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.

Ireland, the United Nations and human rights 

Ireland is appearing this week before the UN Human Rights Committee to discuss our human rights record. But UN bodies often radically misinterpret their own treaties.

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Terminally ill people should be allowed to die naturally at home says former Tory leader

More terminally ill patients should be able to die naturally and with dignity in hospices and their own home, Lord Michael Howard, the former leader of the Conservative Party in Britain, has said. Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, Lord Howard, chair of the charity Help for Hospices, warned that hospitals were increasingly becoming the “default option” for elderly people rather than the “last resort.” He will today announce a new drive to reduce the number of terminally ill people who die in hospitals by a fifth.
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Children will not have right to know third genetic parent

Babies born through mitochondrial DNA transfer, a process which uses donor DNA to fix genetic flaws in an embryo and effectively gives a child three genetic parents, will not be allowed to find out the identity of their “second mother” under UK government guidelines. According to the Daily Telegraph, under the new guidelines children would never know the idenity of the DNA donor and would only able to find out “non-identifiable” information at the age of 16.
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Sacking of Christian from his job a tale of modern ‘tolerant’ Ireland

When I read in the papers about a man who won a payout of €70,000 after being sacked from his job with South Tipperary County Council for repeatedly talking about his religion during working hours, I have to confess that my sympathies were initially with the Council. But when I read the full account of the case on the Labour Court website, my sympathies changed.
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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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Professor Tom Gallagher discusses aggressive secularism in Scotland and asks whether where are lessons for Ireland in the Scottish experience.
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