The Iona Blog

David Quinn debates subsidies for day-care

David Quinn was on the Pat Kenny Show about State subsidies for day-care. He argued that the State is discriminating against all other child-care choices, including the wish to mind your own children at home. He said the State should give money directly to parents so they can spend it on the child-care option they...

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NCCA confirms worst suspicions of parents about gender ideology

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Many Parents have expressed serious concerns about proposed changes to the Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) curriculum for junior cycle students (age 12-15). These are stated in response to a consultation process initiated by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). Their primary issues are about how ‘gender identity’ and pornography will be taught...

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Yet another study links religious practice and well-being

By Dr Angelo Bottone

New research shows that the full benefits of religion are experienced more by those who actively engage in home-centred practices, in addition to regularly attending public worship. Home-worshippers report higher levels of meaning in their lives, personal happiness and intimate satisfaction with their relationships. Many previous studies have shown the positive effect that religious practice...

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How parents of DS children are subtly directed toward abortion

By Dr Angelo Bottone

There has been little reaction to the news that 95pc of babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome before birth at the Rotunda hospital are subsequently aborted in England. The response to these horrendous figures has been silence or fatalism. For some, it is an individual “choice” to be respected. There is nothing to be worried about...

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A corrective to the negative portrayal of the Catholic Church

It is now commonplace in Ireland to present the Catholic Church in the most negative terms. Sometimes this is deserved, but on its own it leads to an unbalanced view of the Church in Ireland and in the world more generally. In practice, very few people are well informed about the history of Irish Catholicism....

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Screening out Down syndrome shows true nature of modern Ireland

By David Quinn

In 2016, comedian Sally Phillips presented the BBC documentary, ‘A World Without Down Syndrome’. Phillips, who has a son with the condition, showed how a growing number of couples are using ever more sophisticated pregnancy screening tests to discover if the child they are expecting has the genetic abnormality and are often opting for terminations...

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A disturbing insight into Canada’s culture of assisted suicide

By David Quinn

Canada is giving us a glimpse into what is probably our own near future, namely a society in which suicidal ideation, and the act itself, are totally normalised for those facing very difficult circumstances, and who are turning in growing numbers to assisted suicide providers. This is starkly revealed by a very disturbing article carried...

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Government recognising commercial surrogacy in all but name

By Dr Angelo Bottone

The Government has approved a legislative proposal to recognise and facilitate what amounts to commercial surrogacy abroad, a practice banned almost everywhere in Europe because it commodifies babies and exploits low-income women. The Government denies it will recognise overseas commercial surrogacy, but this simply isn’t true. Once drafted, the new provisions will be part of...

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David Quinn on the demonisation of Irish history

The centenary of the foundation of the Irish State took place last week. Ireland in the first decades after independence is constantly demonised by commentators today for its ‘backwardness’, ‘repression’, ‘insularity’, and above all because of the influence of the Catholic Church.  In this clip from ‘The Week that Really Was’ podcast, Iona Institute director,...

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Canada slides right down the assisted suicide slippery slope

By Dr Angelo Bottone

Canada only introduced assisted suicide in 2016, but already we see that the grounds to avail of it are widening and the country now has one of the most permissive euthanasia and assisted suicide laws in the world. Increasingly, assisted suicide is being seen an alternative to a lack of proper health care or welfare...

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