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.

The Family; social construction or natural phenomenon? 

Professor Brenda Almond examines the ideas undermining the belief that the biological family is of special importance.

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Latest News

'Twisted priorities' force Christian school's closure

Britain's Christian Institute has criticised the government's school inspectorate, Ofsted, for having 'twisted priorities' after it closed a Christian school for 'discriminatory views'.
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Christian marriage group wins legal apology for venue ban

In a major legal victory, a Christian advocacy group in Britain has received an apology after an event it planned was barred from a Government-owned venue due to its backing for traditional marriage.
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The Iona Blog

What Leo Varadkar said about the right to a mother and a father in full

Sean O’Rourke on his show today (23/1) put it to Leo Varadkar that he has previously stated that children have a right to a mother and a father. The Minister said he was quoted out of context. That is not the case.
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Recent and Upcoming Events


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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The Meaning of Religious Freedom

Our next talk will be delivered by the Catholic bishop of Limerick, Dr Brendan Leahy. His topic will be ‘The Meaning of Religious Freedom’. This talk is particularly topical in view of the pressures on religious organisations such as schools and hospitals to conform to values that are often alien to Christianity.

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Aggressive Secularism: lessons from Scotland Aggressive Secularism: lessons from Scotland

Professor Tom Gallagher discusses aggressive secularism in Scotland and asks whether where are lessons for Ireland in the Scottish experience.
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