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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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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Archbishop Eamon Martin calls for “calm” debate on same-sex marriage

Dr Eamon Martin, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh, has said he “would dearly love to see a greater public debate [on same-sex marriage] in a calm and reasonable manner which respects the voices of people on both sides of the debate.”
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The de facto sacking of Brendan Eich and Section 37

In a recent issue of The Irish Catholic I wrote a piece strongly criticising the de facto sacking of Brendan Eich as CEO of Mozilla. Eich was shown the front door because he once made a donation to a campaign in favour of traditional marriage. In turn it was pointed out to me on social media that my stance seemed in direct contradiction of my support of Section 37 of the Employment Equality Act which allows religious organisations not to employ anyone who would undermine their ethos.
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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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