Subscribe to the Iona Institute website SMake a donation to the Iona Institute

Iona Documents

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.

Download here »

Topics and Resources

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

Read More

Latest News

Cardinal urges Synod to 'learn from families'

English Cardinal Vincent Nichols has urged prelates gathered in Rome for the Synod on the Family to recognise “the passionate love people have for their families”. As the Rome synod continues, Cardinal Nichols, who is acting as moderator for one of the English language groups involved in seeking pastoral responses to the modern family and the challenges it faces explained that the pre-synod consultations carried out among families in England and Wales had revealed that whatever problems people faced today, the family itself remains “the most important thing in their lives”, adding “that's what we have to learn in the synod”.
Read more »

Canadian doctors vow to defy assisted suicide policy

Two doctors in the Canadian province of Manitoba have said they will defy a requirement to cooperate with assisted suicide requests in any way, including referring patients to pro-assisted suicide doctors, even at the cost of their jobs. According to Lifesite News, Drs Mark Kristjanson and Larry Rados have spoken out in response to a call by the Manitoba College of Physicians and Surgeons for opinions from medical practitioners on the proposed adoption of a policy on assisted suicide and euthanasia. “The Hippocratic Oath is the foundation of medicine,” said Dr Kristjanson during an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Company. “And part of that tradition explicitly regards the patient, one's fellow human being, as sacred. There is a very explicit commitment to not take the life of a patient. It’s distressing, it's disturbing and saddens me it has come to this.”
Read more »

More News Articles

The Iona Blog

How the Finnish child-care system supports home-care

The debate about childcare in Ireland is not really a debate at all because, as usual, it is dominated by one side, namely those who want a State-subsidised universal day-care system available to all. To this end, they heavily promote the ‘Nordic model’. In doing so, however, they fail to distinguish between different Nordic models.
Read more »

More blogs

Recent and Upcoming Events


The Future of Denominational Education

Prof Eamonn Conway and Dr Ken Fennelly will discuss 'The Future of Denominational Education' on Thursday, Oct 15, 2015. The talk will be chaired by Dr Martin Mansergh.

Read more »


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'.

Read more »

More Events
Follow Iona on Twitter