Marriage & the Family

Child-care: what do the public really want?

A new briefing note from The Iona Institute sets out what child-care choices the public really want to make. Only a small minority (17pc) want to place young children in day-care, 49pc want to mind their young children at home, while 27pc want another family member to look after their children during the working day. Yet,...

Discussing the possibility of scientifically created motherless babies

According to reports in the papers, in years to come it may be possible for scientists to create babies that will literally have no biological mothers. David Quinn discussed the ethical implications of this on The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk on Friday. The item can be heard here. (Drag the bar at the top...

Plan for subsidised childcare is inherently unfair and unjust

Press Release from the Iona Institute Plan for subsidised childcare is inherently unfair and unjust State must support choices of all parents not just day-care September 16, 2016–  Reports that the State is considering a “radical new plan for subsidising childcare” are extremely concerning because if the State goes down this path, then it will...

Mind the Gap: how marriage and family differ by social class

‘Mind the Gap’, a new report from The Iona Institute, shows how a person’s chances of marrying are hugely affected by the social class they are born into. The report shows that upper professional workers are more than twice as likely as unskilled workers to be married. The huge discrepancy shows that there are formidable...

Legal Opinion: The rights of a mother and father in light of the proposed referendum

If we pass the marriage referendum as the Government wants, it will have profound changes on how we view the family in our law. A major legal opinion commissioned by The Iona Institute examines this question. It shows that our ability to give preference to motherhood and fatherhood in Irish law will be severely and...

Marriage Breakdown and Family Structure in Ireland

The Iona Institute has published a major new report based on Census 2011 called ‘Marriage Breakdown and Family Structure in Ireland’. The report shows that between 1986 and 2011 there has been a 500 percent increase in the number of broken marriages in Ireland (affecting 247,000 adults in total).

Pre Budget submission on Tax Individualisation by the Iona Institute

Tax individualisation unfairly increases the pressure on  parents of young children to be in paid employment, rather than care for children at home. The Iona Institute’s pre-Budget submission suggests some ways that this unfairness might be reduced. You can read the submission in full here.

Child Abuse by Family Structure

Child Abuse by Family Structure

The Argument for Preserving Marriage in a nutshell

Marriage as a social institution has always been about trying to ensure that as many children as possible are raised by their natural mother and father. Research shows that this produces the best outcomes for children.

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.