Our school system must reflect the wishes of parents


Neither the Church nor the State should determine what kinds of schools we have. This is up to parents. The…

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By Dr Angelo Bottone

At the end of June, Ms Justice Laffoy  presented her report on the Citizens’ Assembly meetings dedicated to the discussion of the 8th amendment. In spite of calls for the provision and regulation of conscientious objection to abortion, the report...

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What is the point of soliciting submissions from the public when the agenda of the Citizens’ Assembly is already set? The Citizens’ Assembly devoted its last two sessions to the discussion of “how we best respond to the challenges and...

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Critics are outbidding each other to see who can lavish most praise on the series one Irish Times writer calls a “dystopian masterpiece” about a “religious fundamentalist government who deal with the decreasing birth rates by forcing lower-class women into...

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A new CSO module on childcare reveals a huge preference among parents for minding their pre-school and primary school children at home. The module reveals that only a small minority of parents wish to place their children into a creche,...

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The recent ruling by the Supreme Court on a polygamous marriage means that exclusivity is no longer considered an essential element in marriage. So, marriage does not have to be exclusive under the new legal dispensation, it does not have...

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Iona Institute NI spokespeople Mary Lewis and Tracy Harkin appeared on the BBC today (Friday). Mary appeared on  The Nolan Show to discuss the decision to allow the NHS to fund  Northern Ireland women who travel to England for abortions....

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In The News

Bishop asks if Church should drop civil part of weddings due to redefinition of marriage


Bishop John Kirby of Clonfert has openly pondered whether it is time for the Church to no longer solemnise marriages on behalf of the State given that the State’s understanding…

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Introducing The Iona Institute

Our new, 80-second video explains who we are, what we do, and the principles that we stand for. We invite…

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