Subscribe to the Iona Institute website SMake a donation to the Iona Institute

Iona Documents

Legal Opinion: The rights of a mother and father in light of the proposed referendum

If we pass the marriage referendum as the Government wants, it will have profound changes on how we view the family in our law. A major legal opinion commissioned by The Iona Institute examines this question. It shows that our ability to give preference to motherhood and fatherhood in Irish law will be severely and probably wholly undermined.

The opinion by Michael Collins SC and Paul Brady BL examines the Constitution, and in particular Article 41, called ‘The Family’, in the light of various rulings by the Supreme Court. 

It shows that the constitutionally protected right to marry is also a constitutionally protected right to have children. The right to marry therefore is unavoidably linked to the rights of children.

Read more here.

Download here »

Topics and Resources

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.

Keep informed: Sign up to the Iona e-letter 

The Iona Institute helped to represent the almost 750,000 voters who voted against the redefinition of marriage and the family. To keep informed about our activities, please click 'Read More' below.

Read More

Latest News

Latin America experiencing a major religious shift, confirms study

A major shift in faith away from Catholicism in Latin America towards Protestantism is ongoing, according to a new survey. As Pope Francis began his official visit to Latin America, home to over 425 million Catholics, the Pew Research Centre on Religion and Public Life has revealed an ongoing surge of Catholics from the Church towards Protestant denominations, in particular Pentecostalism, across the region, with nearly one in five people today in the surveyed countries identifying as Protestant.
Read more »

Court rules France must recognise and register surrogate children

France is to officially recognise children born by surrogacy abroad following a landmark court ruling. Critics of the latest judgement in France have described it as a major step backwards for France and children, with one prominent opponent, Ludovine de La Rochère, president of La Manif Pour Tous, stating after the ruling: “The judges have acknowledged that a child can be the subject of a contract even before its conception, reducing it to a thing that can be bought or sold.”
Read more »

More News Articles

The Iona Blog

The place of religion in Europe

"At first glance, Irish Catholics voting for same-sex marriage, British Muslims living according to sharia and French secularists chasing symbols of faith from the public sphere would seem to have little in common. Some seem to be drifting away from religion, others towards it. But according to a four-year study on religion in today’s Europe, these phenomena have a deeper link that goes beyond Catholicism, Islam or atheism. They all reflect the tensions that arise in secularised societies because of the contemporary disconnect between religion and culture." That's from an interview with Oliver Roy, a French academic and director of the EU-funded ReligioWest research project, recently published in the Tablet.
Read more »

More blogs

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'.

Read more »


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.

Read more »

More Events
Follow Iona on Twitter