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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.

Restoring Balance and Fairness in Family Taxation

5th January 2015

Is the average family more fairly taxed now than they were in 1974?

Taxation and the Family: Restoring Balance and Fairness, the Iona Institute's new paper, analyses tax bands, credits and benefit payments and shows definitively that the answer is no.

You can read the paper here.

Submission to the Equality Authority on s37 of the Employment Equality Acts

14th November 2013

The Equality Authority is examining Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act which allows religious employers to protect their ethos. It has invited submissions from interested parties. Here is the submission of The Iona Institute.

Marriage Breakdown and Family Structure in Ireland

31st October 2013

The Iona Institute has published a major new report based on Census 2011 called ‘Marriage Breakdown and Family Structure in Ireland’.

The report shows that between 1986 and 2011 there has been a 500 percent increase in the number of broken marriages in Ireland (affecting 247,000 adults in total).

Pre Budget submission on Tax Individualisation by the Iona Institute

Tax individualisation unfairly increases the pressure on  parents of young children to be in paid employment, rather than care for children at home.

The Iona Institute's pre-Budget submission suggests some ways that this unfairness might be reduced.

You can read the submission in full here.

The Iona Institute's submission on marriage

The Constitutional Convention is to consider the issue of same-sex marriage at next month's meeting. The Iona Institute has made a submission to the Convention, outlining the reasons why the definition of marriage should not be changed.

Iona Institute submission on women in the home

14th February 2013

The Constitutional Convention is considering Article 41.2 which deals with women in the home. In our submission we argue that the provision should be amended, not deleted.

The case against surrogate motherhood

25th January 2013

Our latest paper examines the status of surrogacy in European law and sets out the reasons why most European countries prohibit the practice. Chief among the reasons for prohibiting surrogacy is that it creates an automatic ambiguity about who the mother of the child really is. Is it the birth mother, the genetic mother or perhaps even the 'social' mother?

Protecting Denominational Education

21st January 2013

Professor Eamonn Conway of Mary Immaculate College in Limerick explains the threat posed to denominational education by proposals made in the Government's Forum on Patronage and Pluralism and the need to protect the ethos of faith schools.

The rights of denominational schools in Irish and international law

4th December 2012

Our latest briefing note illustrates that, contrary to what has been alleged, policies protecting the distinctive ethos of denominational schools are fully consistent with both Irish and international human rights law.

Child Abuse by Family Structure

October 30, 2012

Child Abuse by Family Structure ~ Why we should protect marriage to protect children.
Report by the Iona Institute 2012 

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The Argument for Preserving Marriage in a nutshell

3rd July

Marriage as a social institution has always been about trying to ensure that as many children as possible are raised by their natural mother and father. Research shows that this produces the best outcomes for children.

The Future of Catholic Primary Schools in a Pluralist Society-Fr Michael Drumm

15th March 2012

Fr Michael Drumm defends the role of Catholic schools in a pluralist society in a talk given at the Iona Institute's conference on denominational education "Denominational schools in a pluralist society".

Ireland's latest report to the UN: The Iona Institute's response

This is the response by The Iona Institute to Ireland’s 3rd periodic report under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. It concentrates on Article 10, dealing with the rights of the family.  The Iona Institute was invited to respond by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

The Case for Catholic Schools

8th November 2011

The Government's Forum on the future of primary schools necessitates making the positive case for Catholic schools which we do in this briefing note.