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.

G.K. Chesterton: Defender of the Family 

Dale Ahquist, a leading expert on the writings of G.K. Chesterton, delivered a talk in Dublin called 'G.K. Chesterton, Defender of the Family'.

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Catholic schools are already inclusive Church tells Ruairi Quinn

Catholic schools are already inclusive a Church spokesman has told Education Minister Ruairi Quinn after he attacked the Church for not providing him with examples of schools that are models of inclusivity. Mr Quinn complained that the Catholic Church has not yet provided the Department of Education and Skills with “clearly demonstrated examples” of inclusive Catholic Primary schools.
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Nursery worker ‘sacked’ for refusing to read stories about gay couples to children

A Christian nursery worker in the UK is suing her former employers, claiming that she was fired for her beliefs after refusing to read stories about gay couples to children. According to The Daily Telegraph, Sarah Mbuyi says she was dismissed due to anti-Christian discrimination, having also been accused of “harassing” a lesbian colleague.
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Cameron’s “Christian” Britain ruffles atheists’ feathers

An alliance of public figures has accused British Prime Minister David Cameron of “fostering division” within the UK by claiming that Britain is still a “Christian country.” Writing a letter published in the Daily Telegraph, these intellectuals and politicians claimed that Cameron’s message will have “negative consequences for politics and society.” Cameron’s crime? Well, for one, he described Jesus Christ as essentially a forerunner of the welfare state, whereby the Conservative party’s “Big Society” initiative was continuing Jesus’ work. His advocacy of Christianity brought a wrathful response: “it is wrong to try to exceptionalise their [Christians’] contribution when it is equalled by British people of different beliefs.”
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Church and State under Enda Kenny

Relations between Church and State have been turbulent since the current Government came to power. David Quinn examines its record to date from the closure of the embassy to the Holy See to the passage of the new abortion law.

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What happened to Catholic Ireland? An Irish-American historian’s view

John McCarthy is retired professor of Irish history at Fordham University, New York, and lives part of the year in Ireland. In his talk he will give his view on the past, present and future of Irish Catholicism.

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