Marriage & the Family

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.

Peter Saunders: Towards a family friendly tax policy

Why governments should be fairer to married couples.

Made for children: Why the institution of marriage deserves special status

The latest paper from The Iona Institute explains why marriage has special status and why this is not discrimination.

A child’s best interests: who decides?

A referendum on the subject of children’s rights could be held by the end of the year. It will introduce the concept of “the best interests of the child” into the Constitution. The key question is who gets to decide what is in the best interest of the child, the State or parents? Our latest...

Teenage access to contraception

The Iona Institute has made a submission to the Law Reform Commission in response to its recent consultation paper ‘Children and the Law: medical treatment’. The submission is written by Professor David Paton of Nottingham University. Click here to download Professor Paton’s Powerpoint presentation on the topic.

Unmarried fathers submission.

The Iona Institute has made a submission to the Law Reform Commission in response to its recent consultation paper ‘Legal Aspects of Family Relationships’.

Making Babies: Regulating the AHR industry

Our latest paper is an examination of the Assisted Human Reproduction industry. It is a response to the Government-appointed commission on topic and sets out its own, child-centred, recommendations for the industry. An edited version of the paper can be found by clicking on the image to the right. A full-length version can be found...

New polls shows majority still believe marriage is better for society than cohabitation.

A majority of people continue to believe that marriage is better for society and for children than cohabitation according to a new opinion poll commissioned by The Iona Institute and conducted by Red C.

Children’s Rights Submission

The Iona Institute has made a submission to the Oireachtas Committee examining the proposed children’s rights amendment.

Domestic Partnerships: A response to recent proposals on civil unions

The latest report from The Iona Institute looks at proposals to give greater recognition and protection to cohabiting couples, provides the arguments in favour of marriage, and puts forward a means of preserving the special status of marriage while giving certain protections to other couples. Click on the image on the right to download the...