Documents

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.

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The Future of Catholic Primary Schools in a Pluralist Society-Fr Michael Drumm

Fr Michael Drumm defends the role of Catholic schools in a pluralist society in a talk given at the Iona Institute’s conference on denominational education “Denominational schools in a pluralist society”.

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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.

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The Case for Catholic Schools

The Government’s Forum on the future of primary schools necessitates making the positive case for Catholic schools which we do in this briefing note.

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Attitudes Towards the Catholic Church

Attitudes Towards the Catholic Church

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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.

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David Quinn: Pope Benedict and freedom of religion in the West

Here is the text of David Quinn’s talk on religious freedom in the West delivered at the Irish College, Rome, on June 3, 2011.  

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Peter Saunders: Towards a family friendly tax policy

Why governments should be fairer to married couples.

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Speech of John Bruton in defence of religious education

This is the text of a speech given by John Bruton on 7th April in defence of religious education. It was given as part of a series of Lenten Lectures, hosted jointly by the Catholic, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian parishes of Booterstown, Dublin.

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Submission to UN Human Rights Council

The Iona Institute has made a submission to the UN Human Rights Council, before which Ireland appears in October. The submission concentrates on freedom of conscience and religion.

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