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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.

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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.

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Why the Good Friday ban on alcohol sales should be retained

Vintners’ organisations and restaurateurs are campaigning once again against Ireland’s ban on the sale of alcohol on Good Friday. In this briefing note, we respond to their arguments one by one.

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Restoring Balance and Fairness in Family Taxation

Is the average family more fairly taxed now than they were in 1974? Taxation and the Family: Restoring Balance and Fairness, the Iona Institute’s new paper, analyses tax bands, credits and benefit payments and shows definitively that the answer is no. You can read the paper here.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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