The Iona Blog

State employees shouldn’t preach of religion or politics

State employees shouldn’t preach of religion or politics

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UK family report ties itself in knots

UK family report ties itself in knots

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A child’s ‘best interest’ and the State

A child’s ‘best interest’ and the State

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Canadian redefines marriage – and parenthood

Canadian redefines marriage – and parenthood

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Children’s Rights Alliance and the family

The Children’s Rights Alliance has issued its 2009 Report Card. It’s entitled ‘Is the Government keeping its promises to children?’ It is divided into four sections: education; material wellbeing; health and safeguarding childhood. It gives the Government an overall grade of D. Its lowest mark is for health and its highest mark is for safeguarding...

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Major survey of attitudes to Assisted Human Reproduction

Major survey of attitudes to Assisted Human Reproduction

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Major survey of attitudes to Assisted Human Reproduction (Tom O’Gorman)

A clear majority of public opinion in the West favours the use of assisted human reproduction (AHR) in certain circumstances, according to a major survey carried out last year. The study asked 1,500 adults in 15 countries, including Ireland, about their views on IVF and other AHR techniques. It found that most people favoured its...

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The latest terrible abuse case

The latest terrible abuse case

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The latest terrible abuse case (David Quinn)

Yet another horrendous abuse case has come to public attention, this one involving the abuse and neglect of six children by their mother. The family first came to the attention of the relevant health board in 1989. It wasn’t until 2000 that an attempt was made to remove the children from the mother’s care. Why...

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Britain, children’s rights and child protection

Children’s charities insist that we need a children’s rights referendum in order to better enable the State to protect children. They claim the Irish Constitution too strongly favours parents over children, although as Justice Adrian Hardiman correctly points out, it strongly favours parents over the State. Britain does not have a written constitution let alone...

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