Marriage & the Family

Relationships and Sexuality Education

Our new paper is a critique of the liberal philosophy of sex education and how consent is treated as the only necessary condition a couple has to fulfil before having sex with each other. It is a response to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment which is currently conducting a review of Relationships and...

The Cohabitation Difference

An 11 country international survey that includes Ireland finds that cohabiting parents are less likely to be confident about their relationships and less happy in their family life than married parents. This briefing note from The Iona Institute examines the results of the survey and highlights ‘The Cohabitation Difference’.

Mind the Gap II: Marriage and Family by Socio-Economic Group

Mind the Gap II finds that those in the most disadvantaged social class are three times as likely to have suffered a broken marriage as those in the highest. It is a companion paper to Mind the Gap I which found that the most disadvantaged are far less likely to marry in the first place...

Submission to Health Committee on Assisted Human Reproduction Bill

The Iona Institute made a submission to the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health earlier this year concerning the General Scheme of the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill 2017. It can be found here.

Child-care: what do the public really want?

A 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).