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.

How our tax system penalises families today 

A new paper from The Iona Institute shows that families today are massively penalised by the tax system compared with families in the past.

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Latest News

Big majority of children taken into care are from unmarried families

A new report into applications for children to be taken into State care in the Republic of Ireland has found that in seven in ten of the cases examined, the children involved were being raised by single parents at the time of the Child and Family Agency taking them into care. The Second Interim Report of the Child Care Law Reporting Project examined 486 childcases between September 2013 and July this year, involving 864 children, or just over 20% of all children in court-ordered care.
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“Destructive” forces attacking marriage, Pope Francis warns

Pope Francis has warned against marriage being reduced to “mere association”, and said that there is a “crisis” in the family, which is being “beat up from all sides.” Speaking to members of an international Marian movement, the Pope said, “The family is being hit, the family is being struck and the family is being bastardised."
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David Quinn and Tom Curran debate assisted suicide on Pat Kenny Show

Iona Institute director David Quinn was on Newstalk's Pat Kenny show debating assisted suicide with Tom Curran, partner of the late Marie Fleming. Curran is supporting a bill sponsored by Independent TD John Halligan which would legislate for assisted suicide based on the model adopted by the US State of Oregon.
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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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