Press Releases

Press release by The Iona Institute Government must move to prohibit surrogacy in the interests of children

Press release by The Iona Institute Government must move to prohibit surrogacy in the interests of children Surrogacy splits motherhood between up to three women Surrogacy illegal in most European countries 5 March, 2013  – In light of today’s ruling by the High Court in the surrogacy case, the Government must now introduce legislation to...

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Press release by The Iona Institute Convention should recommend amending not deleting women in the home provision

Press release by The Iona Institute Convention should recommend amending not deleting women in the home provision Article 41.2 protects the private sphere 14 February, 2013  – THE Constitutional Convention meets this weekend to consider Article 41.2 of the Constitution which deals with women in the home. In its submission to the Convention (see note...

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No Catholic schools should be transferred without guarantees says leading educationalist

Press release by The Iona Institute No Catholic schools should be transferred without guarantees says leading educationalist January 21, 2012 – NO Catholic primary schools should be handed over to new patron bodies without firm guarantees that the ethos of the remaining schools will be properly respected, one of the country’s leading Catholic educationalists has...

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Press release from The Iona Institute: Permitting assisted suicide would send a terrible signal to vulnerable people

Press release from The Iona Institute Permitting assisted suicide would send a terrible signal to vulnerable people December 7, 2012 – THE High Court is currently hearing the case of Marie Fleming, a Multiple Sclerosis sufferer who is claiming the right to die by assisted suicide. The Iona Institute does not believe that the right...

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Press release from The Iona Institute Referendum will make very little difference to number of adoptions

Press release from The Iona Institute Referendum will make very little difference to number of adoptions Claim that amending the Constitution will allow many more children to be adopted is false THE CLAIM that the children’s rights referendum if passed “will allow the up to 2,000 children trapped in long term state care to be...

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Press release from The Iona Institute: 277,000 may belong to ‘no religion’ but this doesn’t mean they’re purely secular

Press release from The Iona Institute 277,000 may belong to ‘no religion’ but this doesn’t mean they’re purely secular October 18, 2012 – NEW CENSUS figures released today show that the number of people living in Ireland who say they have ‘no religion’ (including self-identified atheists and agnostics) has increased fourfold since 1991 and stood...

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Minister Rabbitte’s comments on Church and State ‘deeply undemocratic’

Press release from The Iona Institute Minister Rabbitte’s comments on Church and State ‘deeply undemocratic’ August 26, 2012 – Reacting to Cardinal Brady’s comment today that the Church might lobby politicians on the issue of abortion, Minister Pat Rabbitte said it would be a “retrograde” step if the Church started “dictating” to politicians again. However,...

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Press release from The Iona Institute: Tanaiste’s speech an attack on religious freedom

Press release from The Iona Institute Tanaiste’s speech an attack on religious freedom July 1, 2012 IN HIS speech at the Tom Johnson Summer School today Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore spoke at some length about religious freedom but the speech in fact amounted to an attack on religious freedom. It revealed that by Church/State separation Mr...

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Press release from The Iona Institute Stay-at-home mothers becoming an endangered species new Census data reveal

Press release from The Iona Institute Stay-at-home mothers becoming an endangered species new Census data reveal June 29, 2012 – NEW CENSUS data released yesterday show that the stay-at-home mother is becoming an endangered species. Census 2011 reveals that the number of stay-at-home mothers is plummeting by almost 10,000 per annum and this rate of...

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Press Release from The Iona Institute Children’s rights referendum must not give the State excessive power of intervention

Press Release from The Iona Institute Children’s rights referendum must not give the State excessive power of intervention June 21, 2012 – RESPONDING TO Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore’s announcement today that the referendum on children’s rights is to take place in the autumn, The Iona Institute said the proposed amendment “must not give the State excessive...

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