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

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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Pope rejects ‘no difference between men and women’ theory as ‘backwards step’

Pope Francis has strongly rejected ‘gender theory’ which claims there are no real differences between men and women, warning that the removal of such difference would represent “a step backwards” for society. During his weekly catechesis, the Pontiff stressed that getting rid of the difference between man and woman “is the problem, not the solution”.
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Michael McDowell believes the ideal is to be raised by a mother and father. So why not promote it?

Former Justice Minister, Attorney General and PD member, Michael McDowell may dissent from liberal orthodoxies on matters of economics but he has always been reliably liberal on social issues and therefore it is no surprise that he is for same-sex marriage. But I’m not sure about his reasoning.
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Recent and Upcoming Events

March
19

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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Oct
23

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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