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New research links higher divorce rates to social class

According to the Iona Institute's analysis of Census 2016, 6 per cent of professional workers were separated or divorced compared with 18 per cent of unskilled workers.

2019.01.08.

“Sad day for human rights” as Eighth Amendment deleted

“In accordance with Article 46 of the Constitution, President Higgins today signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018, and it has accordingly become law.”

2018.09.19.

Was Alive-O was a dead duck? Catechetical crisis revealed.

Less than a quarter of Irish Catholic teenagers surveyed were able to correctly name the Trinity as “Father, Son and Holy Spirit”, says survey author.

2018.09.08.

PLC calls for support for doctors and medical staff

The PLC has prepared a ready-to-go e-card calling on politicians to ensure that freedom of conscience rights for all healthcare workers are properly protected in the new legislation.

2018.09.05.

Proposed abortion law goes further than earlier drafts

The new General Scheme narrows the scope of conscientious objection, gives a more limited definition of viability post birth, and extends the demarcation of ‘fatal foetal abnormality’ for several weeks past birth.

2018.07.19.

Reference to blasphemy in Constitution is “largely obsolete” say bishops

But they affirm it is “vital to ensure that the rights of individuals and communities to practise and live out their faith openly are protected by law”.

2018.06.15.

Don’t be silenced by Google Ad ban say No campaigners

Ad ban will affect No side 100% more than Repeal side as mainstream media “dominated by Yes side talking points,” says Iona.

2018.05.11.

Obstetrician: Eighth Amendment has never hindered my work

“No doctor doing their job properly would wait until there is an immediate and critical threat to a pregnant woman’s life before acting to protect the woman. The Eighth Amendment does not stop me from doing my job.”

2018.05.04.

Iona calls for clarity from Referendum Commission

The very purpose of the referendum from the government’s point of view is to allow it to legislate for abortion – Maria Steen on behalf of the Iona Institute.

2018.04.26.

You too have “an ownership of the child you helped conceive”

Finola Bruton appeals to men to stand up for the unborn and take on their rights and responsibilities as fathers.

2018.04.14.

Proposed abortion law is in no way restrictive: Iona Institute

“In the first 12 weeks of pregnancy no medical reason for abortion whatsoever need be offered. Perfectly healthy women will be aborting perfectly healthy babies. How is this ‘healthcare’?" - Maria Steen.

2018.03.28.

Supreme Court decision clears way for referendum

This ruling makes the forthcoming referendum more important than ever, according to the Iona Institute, which said that the Eighth Amendment is now the “only constitutional protection” that children have before birth.

2018.03.08.

Lack of government planning causing oversubscribed schools

The lifting of the Baptism barrier is legally fraught, and will not solve problem of under supply of schools in certain areas.

2018.01.06.

Psychiatrist withdraws from presentation to Oireachtas Committee on abortion

"It has become increasingly clear that the process of the Committee has been so arranged as to reach a pre-set decision without balanced consideration of any evidence that runs contrary to this pre-determined outcome” - Patricia Casey.

2017.10.20.

More married people, but marriage in decline, says Iona

Census 2016 Households and Families report shows 9 per cent rise in separated and divorced in Ireland.

2017.08.04.

Marty Morrissey lined up for Knock Novena

The Knock Novena is one of the greatest spiritual and cultural events in Irish life today, with more than 10,000 pilgrims taking part.

2017.07.24.

Poll shows public split on Good Friday drinking laws

“There are only two days in the year when the pubs close, the other one being Christmas Day. In time will they open on that day too?"

2017.06.20.

TDs urge government to declare ISIS actions as genocide

“There is now clear evidence that this genocide includes assassinations of Church leaders; mass murders; torture; kidnapping for ransom in the Christian communities of Iraq and Syria; sexual enslavement and systematic rape of Christian girls and women; forcible conversions to Islam; destruction of churches, monasteries, cemeteries, and Christian artifacts; and theft of lands and wealth from Christian clergy and laity alike.”

2017.05.04.

Archbishop of Armagh gives keynote speech at inaugural Iona Institute Northern Ireland conference

Our faith has a lot to say about the nihilism and despair of a throwaway culture that has driven young people to self-destruction. Our Church’s teachings would seriously question such a limited view of individual rights that would dispute the equality of life of a mother and her unborn baby.

2017.03.27.

New Zealand also bans sale of alcohol on Good Friday

“Ireland’s relationship with alcohol, particularly in the context of mental health, depression and suicide, has to be examined.”

2017.03.07.

Iona to address Citizens’ Assembly

Over 10,000 of 13,000 submissions to Assembly now online.

2017.02.18.

ECHR’s Grand Chamber reverses Italian surrogacy ruling

“The fact that neither one of the couple has a biological relationship with the child was decisive. It was on this ground that the court has now decided they are not a family under the Convention.”

2017.01.25.

“Vast majority of Catholic schools enrol all applicants”

The CPSMA, the CPS and Iona Institute react to Education Minister’s proposed changes to the school admission system.

2017.01.17.

Religious education transmits a “holistic world view”

Getting rid of religion in primary schools will not solve curriculum overload problem – Catholic Primary Schools Management Association.

2016.12.30.

Founder of Culture of Life Africa to speak in Dublin

“The threat of the Culture of Death is now real and imminent ... in the form of population control measures being emphatically proposed, promoted and propagated from one nation to the next.”

2016.11.23.

New paper highlights marriage divide between classes

Two-thirds of upper professional workers are married but less than a third of unskilled workers are, showing the likelihood of being married declines as people move down the social classes.

2016.06.17.

Targeting of Christians is the cause of mass exodus

“The underlying religious dimension of the attacks was shown by the targeting of Christian settlements and desecration of churches": ACN.

2016.03.10.

‘There is no such thing as a life without value’

"For as long as they live, children with life-limiting conditions are entitled to be loved and cared for like any other child” - Bishop Kevin Doran.

2016.02.24.

Primate calls for networks of support for the family

Catholic family support groups in dioceses and parishes might not only assist with marriage preparation, but also with supporting couples immediately following marriage.

2016.01.31.

Iona welcomes EU Parliament vote against surrogacy

“This vote is very welcome. Surrogacy, whether commercial or not, unavoidably turns children into commodities" - David Quinn.

2015.12.20.
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