The Iona Blog

‘Mrs America’ fought for the dignity of housewives

By David Quinn

‘Mrs America’ is a much discussed new series depicting the battle that raged in the United States in the 1970s over a proposed amendment to the US Constitution called the ‘Equal Rights Amendment’. This proposed to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sex. The ‘Mrs America’ of the series is the real-life Phyllis Schlafly (played...

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What can we expect from the proposed Citizens’ Assembly on Education?

By David Mullins

A commitment to establish a Citizens’ Assembly on education was a core feature of the recent general election manifesto of the Green Party.  Among other things, what are the implications of this for faith schools? We saw where this went with abortion. But first, a look at the origin of the idea. This proposal was...

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Tackling Ireland’s growing birth dearth

A new study confirms that Ireland’s population is ageing fast, partly driven by a below-replacement level fertility rate. Iona Institute Director, David Quinn, was on Newstalk to discuss what, if anything, we can do about this. He said we need to debate the matter, and this needs to be led by young people who will...

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The religious will inherit the Earth

By Dr Angelo Bottone

There is a strong possibility that as the world ages between now and the end of the century, it will also become more religious. Why? Because the fastest growing continent by far in population terms is Africa, and Africa is more religious than most of the rest of the world. A major new study published...

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Huge variation in abortion rates in different parts of Ireland

By Jim Stack MSc PhD The new report on abortions in Ireland is very short on information, but does allow us to compare the abortion rate of different counties. The figure for the total number of terminations in Ireland last year was, of course, 6666. The measure of abortion rates used in this article is...

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Two wins for religious freedom at US Supreme Court

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Does a religious school have the right to employ only staff who will uphold the school’s ethos? Should a religious employer be forced to pay for contraception and the ‘morning-after pill’? In two separate rulings last week considering these matters, the US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of religious freedom. The first case concerned...

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The failure to protect our nursing homes

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Something went very wrong with Ireland’s Covid-19 policy for nursing homes. Five months from the beginning of the Coronavirus crisis, the failure of the health authorities to properly protect the care homes has become evident. It is now clearer than ever that the needs of nursing homes and their residents were placed behind those of...

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Are Irish women still buying the abortion pill illegally online?

By Jim Stack MSc PhD The first annual report on the operation of the 2018 abortion legislation was published on 30th June 2020, covering the twelve months January – December 2019. A total of 6,666 abortions are reported. Under the legislation, a standard reporting form for each abortion is supposed to be completed and forwarded...

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For pro-choice campaigners, ignorance about abortion is bliss

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The report on abortion presented this week by the Department of Health may have informed us that 6,666 terminations were carried out in Ireland last year (plus 375 in Britain), but aside from that, it is abysmally and purposely poor in terms of information given. It does not include typical data to allow us to...

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6666 abortions performed in Ireland last year

We now know how many women had an abortion in Ireland last year; 6666. If you add in the 375 women who went to England for an abortion in 2019, despite our new law, it adds up to 7,041, a horrible figure. The official figures were published today. If we allow for (a high estimate) that...

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