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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Irish egg and sperm donor law unenforceable says Alan Shatter

A legal requirement for donors of sperm and eggs to be non-anonymous has been described as unenforceable by a former legislator. During discussions of the Child and Family Relationships Bill at a sitting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality yesterday, former Minister for Justice Alan Shatter, who helped draft the original Bill, warned his successor, Frances Fitzgerald, that a requirement for genetic donors to be fully identified, as a measure to protect children's rights to know their biological parents, would merely see intending parents “get on a plane” to seek reproductive services in jurisdictions allowing for anonymous donations, effectively rendering the Irish ban useless.
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Mother gives birth to her single son’s child via IVF

A woman in England acted as a surrogate mother for a baby whose biological father is her adult son, the Daily Telegraph reports. The man, who is single and in his mid-20s was seeking the approval of the High Court in order to adopt the child. The judge granted him his request, saying that while the situation was “unusual” it was “entirely lawful under the relevant statutory provisions.”
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Fergus Finlay, Falling Skies, and Three Simple Questions on the Family Bill

Fergus Finlay was writing in The Irish Examiner this week about the Child and Family relationships, and his piece unfortunately follows a familiar template adopted by most of the legislation's defenders. It goes something like this: 1. Talk about the good bits of the bill 2. Avoid any questions that might be awkward. 3. Assure people that everything's A-OK, and that anyone who raises any of the questions you've just dodged is peddling fear.
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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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