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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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Maria Steen discusses Catholic schools on Today with Sean O’Rourke

Maria Steen was on Today with Sean O’Rourke last week to discuss the future of Catholic schools. also on the programme was Michael Kelly, Editor of The Irish Catholic. Maria spoke about growing pressures on the ethos of Catholic schools, and that the Church needs to greatly cut down on the number of schools it...

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Why RSE must respect the wishes of parents

The Oireachtas Education Committee has released a report on RSE in schools. Among the recommendations is that religious ethos can play no part in how it is taught. David Quinn appeared on Lunchtime with Ciara Kelly to argue that the way it is taught has to align with the wishes of parents. He said few...

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Is religious freedom in Ireland under pressure?

On Wednesday, David Quinn appeared on Newstalk’s The Hard Shoulder to discuss whether religious freedom in Ireland is under pressure. David discussed how the conscience rights of pro-life doctors are not properly respected in the new abortion law, and also that Church schools no longer have full freedom to abide by their ethos. Also taking...

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The huge social divide in rates of marriage breakdown

Professor Patricia Casey was on Newstalk Breakfast yesterday to discuss a new report from The Iona Institute which shows that the marriage breakdown rate for unskilled workers is three times that of professional workers, a yawning marriage gap. You can listen to the item here.

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