Revoke the tax exempt charity status of the iona institute

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Revoke the tax exempt charity status of the iona institute

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rebecca hegarty started this petition to Irish Revenue Commissioners

The Iona Institute market themselves as a charity interested in the promotion of Christian religion within Ireland. In reality the only thing the Iona Institute actually engage in is religiously motivated political lobbying. The Irish taxpayers are the ones footing the bill for this wrongly awarded charitable status. The Irish tax code does not support private companies that engage in religiously motivated lobbying for the influence of civil law and it should not be allowed to continue at the cost of the tax payer. 



Under Irish law an organisation can get tax exemption if it engages in one of the following

  • Relief of poverty 
  • Advancement of education 
  • Advancement of religion  
  • Other acts of a charitable nature beneficial to the community.


    But how exactly were they advancing religion by lobbying against civil partnerships? The opposing of same sex marriage is not the advancing of religion? Speaking out against couples conceiving via IVF is certainly not advancing religion?


    The Irish exchequer is subsidizing a private lobbying group by mistakenly treating the Iona Institute as a charity. Considering the enormous financial burdens faced by many Irish people right now it's safe to say the time has come to revoke the charitable status of Iona, they do not have the support of the majority of Irish citizens and we should not have to foot the tax bill.

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