Press Releases

Twitter should not be interfering in our marriage referendum

Press release from The Iona Institute  Would it be acceptable for Twitter to call on Irish people to vote for a particular party? Multinational corporations should avoid commenting on Irish politics, the Iona Institute said in a statement today criticising the call made by Twitter and other tech companies for Yes vote in the upcoming marriage...

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Seventy percent of people believe children have a right to be raised by their own mother and father

Press release from The Iona Institute  A new opinion poll conducted by Amarach Research on behalf of The Iona Institute has found that seventy percent of respondents agree with the statement, ‘Children have a right to be raised by their own mother and father’. Only eight percent disagreed with the statement while the remainder said...

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Ninety-one percent of people believe a child is best adopted by a mum and dad

Press release from The Iona Institute  The Children and Family Bill takes a completely different view A new opinion poll conducted by Amarach Research on behalf of The Iona Institute has found that ninety-one percent of respondents believe that when a child is being placed for adoption, it is best to try and place the...

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Bishop Kevin Doran: ‘Permitting same-sex marriage changes the meaning of marriage’

Press release from The Iona Institute  In a talk organised by The Iona Institute to be delivered tonight in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon, the new Bishop of Elphin, Dr Kevin Doran, will address the topic, ‘Marriage and the Common Good’. In his talk (text below), Bishop Doran refers to next year’s referendum on same-sex marriage....

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Government should emulate France and Germany by prohibiting surrogacy

Press release from The Iona Institute The surrogacy case that was before the Supreme Court shows how surrogacy itself creates an automatic ambiguity about who the mother of a child is. It is why countries such as France and Germany prohibit surrogacy altogether and Ireland should follow suit. Commenting on the case, Iona Institute Director,...

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‘Reproductive medicine’ seminar today shows how human reproduction is being commodified

Press release from The Iona Institute A company called ‘Oregon Reproductive Medicine’ is holding a seminar in Dublin today to advertise its services to people who desire to have children using donor eggs/sperm and/or surrogate mothers. What the seminar is actually highlighting is the extent to which services like this are effectively commodifying the whole...

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Tax system hugely penalises families today compared with in the past says new paper

Press release from The Iona Institute Michael Noonan and Joan Burton must honour promise to end tax individualisation The tax system “hugely and unfairly discriminates” against the family today compared with the tax system in the 1970s, The Iona Institute has said. A new paper (click here to download) from The Iona Institute called ‘Restoring Fairness and...

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Children and Family Relationships Bill against the best interests of children

Press release from The Iona Institute Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald must properly recognise the importance of the natural ties and the special status of marriage in the proposed Children and Family Relationships Bill, The Iona Institute has said in a statement today. Commenting on the release of a new version of the Bill’s General Scheme,...

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Version of Rule 68 needed to preserve ethos of denominational schools

Press release from The Iona Institute Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan must maintain the spirit of Rule 68 for national schools because it protects the identity of denominational schools, The Iona Institute has said in a statement today. According to reports, Minister O’Sullivan has said she wants to amend the rule. Rule 68 permits denominational schools...

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‘What will we tell the child at the centre of new abortion controversy in years to come?’

Press release from The Iona Institute THERE ARE many troubling aspects to the recent case where a  foreign national’s baby was delivered early by Caesarean section, Breda O’Brien of the Iona Institute said today. “There are reports that the young woman was terrified of an unspecified person, and even afraid that she might be killed,”...

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