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Who’s funding the Iona Institute?

January 8th, 2007 · 13 Comments · David Quinn, Iona Institute, Irish Media, Irish Politics, Religious Right Dressed up as research institutes, Uncategorized

Come on David Quinn spill the beans? Otherwise I expect Michael McDowell and Bertie Ahern to make similar statements querying the modus operandi of your new institute. This time last year they were busy sinking the Centre for Public Inquiry because they didn’t like money from outside Ireland funding a private body investigating the state and other matters. Surely this is a similar issue? Maman Poulet sets up a very comfy armchair and waits for McDowell to do the business.

And David how long do you think you’ll last in this job or is this a job you created for yourself? In the last few years you have worked for the Irish Catholic, The Irish Independent, you jumped to the Daily IRISH Mail, and then back to the Irish Independent.

There has been a lot of talk today in print and on the airwaves about the matters of two parent families etc. But I want to know where the money is coming from for your ‘research’ and as Patricia Casey is producing some of the first of it I’m sure it could be entered for the Booker prize for fiction.

You spent most of your interview with Matt Cooper on Today FM tonight quoting ‘international’ research – ah yes we can all find international research when we want to and make it sound important. And then you said we needed Irish research. If the christian fundamentalist right in the USA are funding the Iona Institute then it won’t be long till the Institute is telling us that lesbians die younger and gay men can’t teach children.

(Maman Poulet is pleased to bring her readers the return of David Quinn watch – for some previous examples see here, here and here – all contributions are welcome in the comments and by email. Oh yes we still need a nickname for him – Myers has one and I call John Waters several things but what should I call Quinn – maybe Gis a Job …?)



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