TV and Radio

Should some preparation for the sacraments be done outside school?

David Quinn was on Today with Sean O’Rourke (RTE Radio 1) to discuss the possibility of moving some of the preparation for First Holy Communion and Confirmation outside school hours. The item can be heard here.

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David Quinn discusses the divorce referendum with Pat Kenny

David Quinn of the Iona Institute, was on the Pat Kenny Show to discuss the upcoming referendum on eliminating the waiting time for divorce from the Constitution. The item can be heard here.

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New survey on attitudes to RSE debated

David Quinn of The Iona Institute, and Breda Lynch of teacher union, ASTI, were on Newstalk’s The Hard Shoulder on Monday to discuss a new survey about attitudes to the teaching of Relationships and Sexuality Education in school.   https://cdn.radiocms.net/radio-cms/uploads/2019/04/29164526/2904-HS-Sex-Education.mp3

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School divestment controversy in north Dublin

Parents and teachers are objecting to proposals to divest one of eight Catholic schools in Malahide, Kinsealy and Portmarnock in north Dublin to another educational patron. David Quinn appeared on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk during the week to discuss the matter, as well as on RTE’s Drivetime. You can listen to items here...

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Professor Patricia Casey discusses the findings of a new survey on cohabitation

A new 11 country survey that covers Ireland finds that cohabiting parents are less satisfied with their relationships and family life overall than married parents. This helps to explain why cohabiting parents are more likely to break up than married parents with obvious implications for children. Professor Patricia Casey appeared on The Pat Kenny Show...

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‘Exclusion zones’ and religious symbols in hospitals

Iona Institute director, David Quinn, was among the panellists of the Tonight Show on Virgin Media discussing Church and state, ‘exclusion zones’ and whether religious symbols should be displayed in religious hospitals. The show can be watched here.

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Why is it more acceptable to criticise Catholicism than Islam?

David Quinn was on the Hard Shoulder with Ivan Yates to discuss the case of ‘ISIS bride’, Lisa Smith and why it is that people are very quick to attack Catholicism but much slower to criticise minority faiths like Islam. The item can be listened to here.    

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David Quinn discusses exclusion zones and the Vatican’s child protection summit

Iona Institute director, David Quinn, was among the panellists discussing the events of the week on the Marian Finucane Show last Sunday. Among the issues discussed were exclusion zones outside abortion facilities and the Vatican’s recent child protection summit. You can listen to the audio here.  

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David Quinn discusses the autonomy of religious hospitals

A new report commissioned by the Government has raised the possibility of changing the way publicly-funded Catholic hospitals are run. One possibility that garnered lots of attention is that religious symbols be removed from public display if a patient wishes it. David Quinn discussed this issue on Newstalk’s The Pat Kenny Show and on RTE’s...

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Iona spokespeople debate Government plans for ‘exclusion zones’

Iona Institute representatives were on a number of programmes this week discussing plans by Health Minister, Simon Harris (pictured) to introduce draconian legislation that will most likely ban even prayer vigils outside abortion facilities. Maria Steen debated the matter with Colm O’Gorman on Today with Sean O’Rourke. David Quinn debated it with Ivana Bacik on...

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