Protecting the Family & Marriage

The Family

The Life Institute recognises that the traditional family, based on marriage, offers the best possible loving care for our children and for all members of the extended family

The family is the fundamental unit of society. Strong and stable families are the most important building block in our nation. The Irish Constitution recognises its special position and guarantees to uphold the rights of families and of full-time mothers and fathers.

The Life Institute defends the traditional family from attack and highlights the anti-family policies of the Government. We campaign for a better deal for families and for mothers raising their children at home by:

  • Demanding that the State uphold the constitutional protection of the family
  • Campaigning for an end to anti-family policies such as tax-individualisation
  • Asking the State to support the family by providing housing and other services
  • Establishing a forum and support for families
  • Ensuring a better deal for families in the 2006 Budget with our Family First project
Project Example: Family First Campaign

TYPE

Advertisements in national and provincial newspapers, submission to the government, a dedicated website, a campaign leaflet and a report to the Minister for Family and Social Affairs and the Minister for Finance.

OBJECTIVE

To ensure that the government did not introduce any further discriminations in financial or tax terms against families.

HOW

Newspaper adverts directed people to the website, reports and leaflets and informed them of government plans to further discriminate against single-income families. It galvanised single-income families to call their local representatives and the Minister for Finance and that budget saw a payment of 1,000 euro go to every child under the age of six regardless of whether they were cared for in the home by a parent or in a creche.

“Thanks for making this happen for families”

Caroline Davis, Lucan

Marriage

Mother & Child Campaign alerted the Irish people to the need to defend the traditional family by making submissions to the All Party Oireachtas Committee on the Constitution (APOCC) in 2005. APOCC had invited the public to send in submissions on constitutional change – and they were looking at proposals which would undermine the family.

We ensured that more than 78% of all individual submissions (and 93% of all total submissions) received by the APOCC supported the traditional family based on marriage.

We posted and delivered submission forms to as many people as possible. This campaign brought pro-life and family groups together to work for the family.

Project Example: Defend the Family: Submissions to Oireachtas Committee

TYPE

Information campaign creating awareness of the need to make submissions defending the family; facilitating and assisting the public in doing so; media campaign and reportage.

OBJECTIVE

To ensure that the APOCC understood the views of the majority – and that was achieved.

HOW

Mailing information to thousands of supporters, gathering public support at targeted events, collecting and delivering submissions, making an oral submission to the Oireachtas Committee, doing media interviews and follow up.

“Your information alerted me to the need to defend the family.”

Stephen Enright, Limerick