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.

How our tax system penalises families today 

A new paper from The Iona Institute shows that families today are massively penalised by the tax system compared with families in the past.

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Pre-school education has only temporary effect on children's educational outcomes - study

Providing free nursery care to three-year-olds has only temporary effects on children's development and educational performance, with most of the advantages disappearing by the time a child reaches the age of 11, according to a new study. Research presented to the House of Lords by the Institute of Education and the universities of Surrey and Essex found the policy had a “small beneficial impact” on children at age five, but the size of the effect then declined as the children got older before disappearing, the Daily Telegraph reports.
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UK's assisted suicide ban weakened by Director of Public Prosecutions

Doctors and nurses in the UK who assist someone in taking their own lives will be less likely to face criminal charges after a change in prosecution guidelines, the Daily Telegraph reports. Until now all health care professionals faced a greater chance than others of being prosecuted for helping people to die because they were considered to be in a position of trust. But Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosectutions, changed the guidelines so that the extra deterrent would only apply to doctors "directly involved with a patient's care."
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One of the big justifications for free nursery places takes a hit

There is a big push on to get the Government to pay for additional free ‘pre-school’ places when finances allow. There are two big arguments in favour of this. One is that it benefits children educationally, the other is that will help more women into the workplace. Two new studies from the UK call both of these arguments into question. One, from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and the University of Essex found that for every six children given a free nursery place, five would have been put in the nursery anyway.
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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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