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The Iona Institute promotes the place of marriage and religion in society.  We defend the continued existence of 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.

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Iona director addresses Brussels conference on religion and the EU

05/02/10
The Director of The Iona Institute, David Quinn, was one of the speakers at a conference on religion and the EU organised by Fine Gael MEP, Gay Mitchell, that took place on Wednesday in the parliament building of the European Union in Brussels. ...
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Get Church out of primary schools, head of Euro think tank says

05/02/10
The Catholic Church should be removed from its role in primary education as a matter of urgency, a former general secertary of the Labour Party has said. ...
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Single parents to lose payment once child reaches 13, says Minister

04/02/10
Single parents are set to lose their lone-parent allowance payment when their child hits the age of 13, it has been revealed. However, the Minister for Social and Family Affairs Minister Mary Hanafin yesterday insisted any changes to the One-Parent Family Payment will be phased in over a number of years. ...
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Making Babies: a conference on the ethics of Assisted Human Reproduction

Studies/Iona Institute lecture: 'The place of religion within the European Union'

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Unmarried fathers submission.

January 05, 2010
The Iona Institute has made a submission to the Law Reform Commission in response to its recent consultation paper ‘Legal Aspects of Family Relationships’. Please click here to download it.

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Making Babies: Regulating the AHR industry.


December 06, 2009
Our latest paper is an examination of the Assisted Human Reproduction industry. It is a response to the Government-appointed commission on this topic and sets out its own, child-centred, recommendations for the industry. An edited version of the paper can be found here. A full-length version can be found here.

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Church attendance in Ireland increases.

November 02, 2009
A new poll conducted by RedC on behalf of The Iona Institute shows that weekly church attendance has increased from 42 percent to 46 percent in the last 18 months while the number who go at least once a month has jumped from 54 percent to 65 percent. Please click here to view more details.

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Only one in four want State-run schools.

July 06, 2009
A new poll conducted by RedC on behalf of The Iona Institute shows that only one in four people want all publicly-funded schools to be State-run. The rest want a choice of schools, including Church-run schools. The results are almost identical to another poll we commissioned last year. Please click here to view.

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The benefits of religious practise.


April 3, 2009.
Our latest paper is a look at studies attesting to the benefits of religious practise. Called ‘The psycho-social benefits of religious practise’, it has been written by Professor Patricia Casey and it was launched at our conference on religious practise on April 3, 2009. An executive summary of the paper is also available by clicking here.

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New polls shows majority still believe marriage is better for society than cohabitation.

January 12, 2009
A majority of people continue to believe that marriage is better for society and for children than cohabitation according to a new opinion poll commissioned by The Iona Institute and conducted by Red C. Please click here to view.

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The denominational schools debate.


August 27, 2008
The latest paper from The Iona Institute looks at the ongoing debate over the future of denominational schools and argues that parents have a right to send their children to publicly-funded denominational (or other) schools of their choice.

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Denominational education and parental choice poll.

April 2008
A poll conducted by Red C on behalf of The Iona Institute highlights public attitudes to the issue of parental choice in education. It finds overwhelming public support for parental choice and strong support for denominational schools. Please click here to view.

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Children’s Rights Submission.

February 06, 2008
The Iona Institute has made a submission to the Oireachtas Committee examining the proposed children’s rights amendment. Please click here to download our submission.

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NI religious knowledge poll.

December 10, 2007
A new poll conducted by Millward Brown Ulster on behalf of The Iona Institute the Evangelical Alliance Ireland, and the Evangelical Alliance (Northern Ireland) reveals, for the first time ever, levels of religious knowledge among the general population in Northern Ireland and finds they are even lower than in the South as revealed by our poll in April.

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Domestic Partnerships: A response to recent proposals on civil unions.


November 2, 2007
The latest report from The Iona Institute looks at proposals to give greater recognition and protection to cohabiting couples, provides the arguments in favour of marriage, and puts forward a means of preserving the special status of marriage while giving certain protections to other couples.

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Marriage breakdown and family structure in Ireland.


September 14, 2007
A new report from The Iona Institute provides a detailed look at family breakdown and family structure in Ireland based on Census 2006. It includes maps of most of Ireland’s major cities down to the electoral district level showing marital breakdown and family structure. Family breakdown is shown by age and region as well as trends in this regard over the last 20 years.

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Full results of religious knowledge poll with demographic breaks.

Religious Knowledge Poll.

April 9, 2007
A new poll conducted by Lansdowne Market Research on behalf of The Iona Institute and the Evangelical Alliance Ireland reveals, for the first time ever, levels of religious knowledge among the general population and finds an alarming drop-off.

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Tax Individualisation: Time for A critical Rethink.


March 15, 2007
A new report, the first from The Iona Institute, highlights the unjust treatment in the tax code of one-income married couples compared with two-income married couples.

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Opinion poll on public attitudes to marriage and the family.

Comment: What the poll tells us.

Full poll results including demographic details.