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October 30, 2012
Child Abuse by Family Structure ~ Why we should protect marriage to protect children.
Report by the Iona Institute 2012
Marriage as a social institution has always been about trying to ensure that as many children as possible are raised by their natural mother and father. Research shows that this produces the best outcomes for children.
Ireland is to appear before the UN Human Rights Council to discuss our human rights record. But UN bodies often radically misinterpret their own treaties.
27th May 2011
Why governments should be fairer to married couples.
19th August 2010
The latest paper from The Iona Institute explains why marriage has special status and why this is not discrimination.
10th June 2010
A referendum on the subject of children's rights could be held by the end of the year. It will introduce the concept of "the best interests of the child" into the Constitution. The key question is who gets to decide what is in the best interest of the child, the State or parents? Our latest briefing note looks at this issue.
March 24, 2010
The Iona Institute has made a submission to the Law Reform Commission in response to its recent consultation paper ‘Children and the Law: medical treatment’. The submission is written by Professor David Paton of Nottingham University.
January 05, 2010
The Iona Institute has made a submission to the Law Reform Commission in response to its recent consultation paper ‘Legal Aspects of Family Relationships’.
December 06, 2009
Our latest paper is an examination of the Assisted Human Reproduction industry. It is a response to the Government-appointed commission on topic and sets out its own, child-centred, recommendations for the industry. An edited version of the paper can be found by clicking on the image to the right. A full-length version can be found here.
January 12, 2009
A majority of people continue to believe that marriage is better for society and for children than cohabitation according to a new opinion poll commissioned by The Iona Institute and conducted by Red C.
February 06, 2008
The Iona Institute has made a submission to the Oireachtas Committee examining the proposed children’s rights amendment.
November 2, 2007
The latest report from The Iona Institute looks at proposals to give greater recognition and protection to cohabiting couples, provides the arguments in favour of marriage, and puts forward a means of preserving the special status of marriage while giving certain protections to other couples. Click on the image on the right to download the document.
30th September 2007
Philosopher Brenda Almond discusses the philosophical trends undermining the notion that the biological basis of the family has any special significance.
September 14, 2007
A new report from The Iona Institute provides a detailed look at family breakdown and family structure in Ireland based on Census 2006. It includes maps of most of Ireland’s major cities down to the electoral district level showing marital breakdown and family structure. Family breakdown is shown by age and region as well as trends in this regard over the last 20 years.
This is the first ever opinion poll conducted in Ireland to try and discover what Irish people think about marriage and the two-parent family. There have been opinion polls about issues like divorce or gay marriage, but none to my knowledge about what people really think about marriage, about its value to society, about fatherlessness, about whether or not the State should continue to give marriage special status, etc. The poll is mainly good news for those who support marriage although a cautionary note will be have struck shortly. The first and most important thing to be said, however, is that a roughly two-to-one majority of the public still favours marriage and the two-parent family. Read more and download the full document.
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The Institute for Marriage and Public Policy http://marriagedebate.com/
Relationship Foundation http://www.relationshipsfoundation.org/
The National Fatherhood Initiative http://www.fatherhood.org/
The Heritage Foundation's familyfacts.org http://www.familyfacts.org/
Family and Life http://www.familyandlife.org/
The National Marriage Project http://www.virginia.edu/marriageproject/
The Fatherhood Institute http://www.fatherhoodinstitute.org/
The Institute of Marriage and Family Canada http://www.imfcanada.org/