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Speaking on Monday night, Iona Institute member David Quinn welcomed Facebook’s reversal. He said the block on the image ‘invites you to think it’s going to be a picture of an aborted foetus’. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Facebook will remove blocking on an ad by the Iona Institute which shows a computer-generated image of a foetus in the womb after users of the social (...)

A 2016 Iona Institure report found that unskilled workers are only half as likely as professionals to be married – 66 per cent compared to 32 per cent Photograph: iStock

The Iona Institute, of which I am a patron, has published research based on the 2016 Census, which shows not only that marriage rates are much lower a(...)

A screengrab of Dr Angelo Bottone’s Twitter page

An academic and part-time researcher with the Catholic advocacy group the Iona Institute has brought defamation proceedings against Twitter over tweet(...)

Irish presidential runner-up Peter Casey: made no attempt to meet any Travellers as he didn’t want to “invade their privacy”. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA

This much is agreed. In a housing crisis, the matter of the rejected council houses in Tipperary is infuriating. In fact, such rejections are infuriat(...)

Presidential candidate Joan Freeman: said she could never have been associated with an organisation that would “exclude” her daughter “because of her sexual orientation”. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Presidential candidate Joan Freeman has said she did not want her daughter’s personal life to be “dragged into the campaign”, after she publicly revea(...)

That’s entertainment? Electric Picnic. Photograph: Dave Meehan

I awake in a swirl of mist and the Ghost of Electric Picnic Future is at the end of my bed pointing a tiny finger at me. He has taken the form of a to(...)

 Coombe hospital: the bishops have no say in any maternity hospital in the State. None are run by the church. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Agitation over the Catholic bishops Code of Ethical Standards for Healthcare in recent weeks was greatly exaggerated. Relevant healthcare facilities (...)

MacGill Summer School’s founder and director Joe Mulholland plans to recruit a young researcher to help him recruit a wider variety of speakers. Photograph: Eric Luke

A joke has been doing the rounds in recent weeks that across the country prominent women were afraid to answer the phone in case it was the organiser (...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD casting his vote in the Eighth Amendment referendum at Scoil Thomas, Castleknock, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

The State should consider removing the 18-month limit on Irish emigrants returning home to vote and should also consider allowing expanded postal voti(...)

The referendum on the deletion of article 41.2 from the Constitution is likely to be held on October 25th. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

The Cabinet has decided to propose deleting article 41.2 of the Constitution, which recognises women’s special place in the home, in a referendum like(...)

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