The Iona Institute submission on the assisted suicide Bill

The Oireachtas Committee on Justice has invited submissions on the “Dying with Dignity Bill 2020”, presented by Deputy Gino Kenny. The deadline was midday today. The Bill aims at allowing euthanasia and assisted suicide when a person has an illness from which they are ‘likely to die’. A majority of TDs have already voted to move...

A Duty to Die? Assisted suicide in Belgium and the Netherlands

A Private Member’s Bill to permit assisted suicide under certain circumstances is soon to come before the Oireachtas. The experience of Belgium and the Netherlands shows how difficult it is to limit it once it is introduced. Rates have soared in both countries and the grounds have widened. Read more in our latest briefing note.

How Britain’s abortion law operates

Our new briefing paper looks at the operation of Britain’s abortion law, including the prevalence and the grounds for abortion. Pro-choice groups in Ireland want us to adopt a UK-style abortion law at a minimum. In the UK, one in every five pregnancies ends in abortion. You can download the briefing note from here.

Council of Europe body rejects pro-surrogacy report

A report which sought to support greater availability of surrogacy across Europe has been rejected by a key committee of the Council of Europe. Following consideration of the report, ‘Human Rights and ethical issues related to Surrogacy’, the Council’s Social Affairs Committee struck down a draft resolution on the issue, meaning the Council’s opposition to...

Ireland’s latest report to the UN: The Iona Institute’s response

This is the response by The Iona Institute to Ireland’s 3rd periodic report under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It concentrates on Article 10, dealing with the rights of the family.  The Iona Institute was invited to respond by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The loss of virtue and the economic crisis: A talk by Theodore Dalrymple

The Iona Institute hosted a talk on Thursday January 27th by Anthony Daniels, better known by his pen name Theodore Dalrymple, in which he argued that the global economic crisis was triggered by a decline in virtue.

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.

Tax Individualisation: Time for A critical Rethink

A new report, the first from The Iona Institute, highlights the unjust treatment in the tax code of one-income married couples compared with two-income married couples.