Freedom of Conscience & Religion

Conscientious objection to abortion remains strong in Irish hospitals

Conscientious objection to abortion is widespread among health care professionals working in Irish hospitals. This reality is highlighted in a recent paper by a group of pro-choice doctors. It admits that pro-life conscientious objectors were initially a challenge to establishing “abortion services” and still are a persistent barrier to expanding them. The paper is based...

Anti-Christian persecution. A talk by Mgr Michael Nazir-Ali

Mgr Michael Nazir-Ali is one of the leading international advocates on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide. He addressed a meeting of The Iona Institute on the topic in Booterstown parish centre, Dublin. He discussed the various forms anti-Christian persecution takes, and why it is largely ignored in the West. The talk took place on May...

Submission on hate speech legislation

The Department of Justice has invited submissions to a review of Ireland’s law against hate speech. It is considering changing the present law so as to make it easier to charge someone with ‘hate‘. The Iona Institute has made a submission of its own to the review and raises concerns that any change to the...

Submission to the Central Statistics Office

The Central Statistics Office invited submissions on the content of the questionnaire for the 2021 census during a public consultation process. Prof. Stephen Bullivant, on behalf of the Iona Institute, made a submission on the question about religion. The document can be found here. Updates on the consultation process can be found here.

Governments need to do far more to stop religious persecution

The persecution of Christians and religious minorities has risen to the level of genocide, and far more needs to be done by Governments around the world to counteract it, a recent conference in Vienna was told. EU Special Envoy for Religious Freedom, Jan Figel, said Christians are the most persecuted group in the world. “More...

Submission to the Equality Authority on s37 of the Employment Equality Acts

The Equality Authority is examining Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act which allows religious employers to protect their ethos. It has invited submissions from interested parties. Here is the submission of The Iona Institute.

The Future of Catholic Primary Schools in a Pluralist Society-Fr Michael Drumm

Fr Michael Drumm defends the role of Catholic schools in a pluralist society in a talk given at the Iona Institute’s conference on denominational education “Denominational schools in a pluralist society”.

Ireland, the United Nations and human rights

Ireland is to appear before the UN Human Rights Council to discuss our human rights record. But UN bodies often radically misinterpret their own treaties.

David Quinn: Pope Benedict and freedom of religion in the West

Here is the text of David Quinn’s talk on religious freedom in the West delivered at the Irish College, Rome, on June 3, 2011.  

Submission to UN Human Rights Council

The Iona Institute has made a submission to the UN Human Rights Council, before which Ireland appears in October. The submission concentrates on freedom of conscience and religion.

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