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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Convicted murderer to be euthanised in Belgium at own request

A convicted murderer and rapist is to be euthanised in Belgium at his own request, in the country's latest controversy related to assisted dying. The Irish Independent reports that Frank Van Den Bleeken, who has spent the last 30 years in prison for repeated convictions, has requested for three years that the state help him end his life due to what his lawyer called “unbearable psychic suffering”.
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Differences between men and women a key part of marriage says Pope

Pope Francis told the 20 couples that he married last week in St Peter's Basilica that “the reciprocity of difference” between men and women was an essential part of marriage. Marriage, he said, is about “man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more a woman, and wherein the woman has the task of helping her husband to become ever more a man. “Here we see the reciprocity of differences,” he said.
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The war of political correctness against science intensifies

Developmental biologist Prof Lewis Wolpert, writing recently in the Daily Telegraph, describes how, from conception, genes affect our gender roles. It's not simply nurture at work. Wolpert’s principle examples are well worth a read. But the arguments around the issue are even moreso. Today, solid, objective research is not enough to merit publication. Good research might not get published because it violates the canons of political correctness. And Wolpert shows how this socio-political pressure is affecting some of the field’s biggest names.
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Recent and Upcoming Events

June
17

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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May
15

Aggressive Secularism: lessons for Ireland from Scotland

In Ireland there is a concerted move to banish religion from the public square. In Scotland, something very similar is taking place and if anything is further advanced than here. Professor Tom Gallagher will outline the lesson for Ireland from Scotland

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