About the Iona Institute

The Iona Institute promotes the place of marriage and religion in society. Our starting point in debates about the family is that all children deserve the love of their own mother and father whenever possible. We believe in publicly-funded denominational schools. We also promote freedom of conscience and religion.

The Iona Institute is headed by religious and social affairs commentator, David Quinn.

Our video explains the case for man/woman marriage 

Our video sets out the case for man/woman marriage and how marriage as presently defined is our most vital and child-centred social institution.

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Latest News

Northern Ireland Assembly rejects same-sex marriage

The Northern Ireland Assembly has rejected proposed legislation on same-sex marriage for the fourth time. Following a debate on the latest Private Members’ Motion on the issue, which had been tabled by four Sinn Fein members, MLAs voted 49 to 47 against the motion, with three abstentions. On party lines, all Sinn Fein and SDLP MLAs voted in favour of the legislation, while all Democratic Unionist Party members voted against.
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Gardaí involvement in Yes campaign event condemned

Mothers and Fathers Matter, the group leading the campaign for a No vote in the same-sex marriage referendum has described the participation by uniformed officers in a Yes campaign event as “deeply disturbing” and a “blatant politicising” of the force. Following the circulation of photographs of uniformed gardaí apparently taking part in a Yes Equality photocall for voter registration outside Dublin’s Pearse Street Garda station, Keith Mills of Mothers and Fathers Matter said: “Anyone with the merest concern for democratic process has to be disturbed by this fracture of tradition and custom that has kept the gardaí as a strictly neutral and apolitical force.”
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The Iona Blog

David Quinn explains why he is voting No on RTE's This week

David Quinn appeared on 'This Week' on RTE Radio One on Sunday to explain why he is voting No in the marriage referendum May 22. In particular David explained why the passage of the Children and Family Relationships Act has not taken the issue of children out of the marriage debate.
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Recent and Upcoming Events


The teaching of the Church on marriage today

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin, will address The Iona Institute on March 19, 2015 on the topic 'The teaching of the Church on marriage today'.

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Church of Mercy, Church of Standards

Our most recent event dealt with the topic ‘Church of Mercy or Church of Standards?’ At present there is a debate in the Catholic Church about the meaning of mercy. This has been prompted by the emphasis Pope Francis has been placing on mercy, and also by prominence of the topic in the lead-up to the Synod on the Family in Rome.

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