TV and Radio

Assisted suicide tells some people their lives aren’t worth living

David Quinn of The Iona Institute was on Lunchtime Live on Newstalk to discuss assisted suicide as a Bill intended to legalise the practice discussed by the Oireachtas Justice Committee. David said that permitting it would send some people the signal that their lives are not worth living and therefore assisted suicide is not simply...

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National Maternity Hospital and the Sisters of Charity

David Quinn of the Iona Institute was interviewed on RTE’s Drivetime yesterday about the ongoing row over the proposed new National Maternity Hospital and possible links with the Sisters of Charity. David said the hospital would not have a Catholic ethos and that the Sisters should not have agreed to have the hospital built on...

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Should pro-choice Catholic politicians be banned from Communion?

The American Catholic bishops are debating whether strongly pro-choice Catholic politicians like President Joe Biden should be banned from receiving Holy Communion. David Quinn discussed the matter with Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk yesterday. You can listen to the item here.  

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David Quinn discusses the new sex education material

David Quinn of The Iona Institute was on The Hard Shoulder today discussing new sex education material published by the bishops for use in Catholic primary schools. His main point? Sex education should be in accord with the wishes of parents. If they want it taught through in school through a Catholic lens, it would...

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Iona Institute Director “fully sympathises” with Cavan priest fined for celebrating mass with people present

The Director of the Iona Institute, David Quinn, says he “fully sympathises” with Mullahoran priest Father PJ Hughes, who has been given a fixed penalty notice of €500 for breaching Covid-19 restrictions.  David Quinn told Joe Finnegan Show that it is questionable whether Father Hughes’ actions were a breach of the law. You can hear the...

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Only very few countries have a ban on public worship

David Quinn was on Today With Claire Byrne where he discussed the issue of the ban on public worship and pointed out that only two other EU countries (Slovenia and Slovakia) currently have such a ban. The interview can be heard here.  

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How the assisted human reproduction industry attacks the rights of children

David Quinn of The Iona Institute discusses how egg and sperm donation and surrogacy undermine the right of a child to their identity and compares them with the illegal adoption practices of the past, which we are rightly outraged by. He appeared on the ‘Hard Shoulder’ on Newstalk. You can listen to the item here.

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Fr Vincent Twomey asks whether there is a duty to take the Covid vaccine

Moral theologian, Father Vincent Twomey spoke with Newstalk’s Pat Kenny on whether there is a moral duty to take one of the Covid-19 vaccines. He believes there is a duty in most cases, but there should be no compulsion. Fr Twomey is a patron of The Iona Institute. The interview can be heard here:  

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Why it is wrong to halt public worship again

When any part of the country goes into level 3 restrictions in response to Covid-19, public worship, including Masses, has to end again, even though hairdressers, shops, gyms etc can remain open and no outbreak has occurred in a church since lockdown ended. David Quinn told Pat Kenny on Newstalk why he thinks the restriction...

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The assisted suicide bill debated

David Quinn appeared on the Niall Boylan Show to debate the new Assisted Suicide Bill with Tom Curran of Exit International. David pointed out that Exit International wants anyone of ‘sound mind’ to be able to avail of assisted suicide even if they are mentally and physically healthy. You can listen to the debate here.

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