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.

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 you to find out about us for yourself.

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Latest News

State funding for ACCORD could end with Yes vote

A Government spokesman has refused to rule out the possibility that State funding for the Church’s marriage counselling service, Accord, will be ended should the same-sex marriage referendum pass on May 22. When approached by The Irish Catholic on the issue, the Government press office refused to offer a reassurance that funding would remain in place if the Catholic agency would not counsel same-sex married couples as well as opposite sex married couples. ACCORD currently receives funding from Government via the Family Support Agency and Health Service Executive.
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US judge finds in favour of freedom of conscience

A court in the US state of Kentucky has overturned a finding of discrimination against a T-shirt printer who refused to supply shirts for a gay pride event on the grounds of freedom of conscience. The case against Hands On Originals was originally placed before the Lexington Human Rights Commission, which, in 2014, ruled in favour of the customer, Lexington’s Gay and Lesbian Services Organisation (GLSO). That decision was based on an ordinance which prohibits businesses from discriminating against people on the basis of sexual orientation. The ruling was handed down despite conscience arguments offered by the business’ owner, Blaine Adamson.
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The Iona Blog

"I was raised by two women - here's why I would vote No"

"Heather Has Two Mommies" was a children's picture book published in 1989, about a child being raised by a lesbian couple. For Heather Barwick, this scenario was her life. Speaking at the recent interdisciplinary conference on marriage and the family, Heather told her story, saying that while she loves the women who raised her, that didn't take away her deep desire for a father.
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Recent and Upcoming Events


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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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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