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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Latest News

Church of Ireland Primate calls for prayers for persecuted Christians of Mosul

The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Revd Dr Richard Clarke, has called on Christians to pray for the Christians of Mosul and northern Iraq who are being attacked and driven from their homes by radical Islamists.
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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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The prevalence of anti-Catholicism in Ireland

What do people mean what they speak about the separation of Church and State? Having read Hugh Linehan’s opinion piece in The Irish Times yesterday it wasn’t clear to me. Linehan was responding to the homily Archbishop Michael Neary delivered at the top of Croagh Patrick last Sunday, Reek Sunday.
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Recent and Upcoming Events

June
17

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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May
15

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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