Mothers and Fathers Matter is a group set up to say exactly that, ‘mothers and fathers matter’. We believe that the Government’s new Children and Family Relationships Bill is unjust because it says mothers and fathers don’t matter to children. Mothers and Fathers Matter also favours retaining the present definition of marriage because this is in the best interests of children and therefore does not favour changing Article 41 of the Constitution which deals with the family.
The Chairman of Mothers and Fathers Matter is Professor Ray Kinsella, Professor of Banking and Financial Services and Healthcare at the Michael Smurfit School of Business at UCD. He has a life-long interest in issues affecting the family.
Advisory Committee: The Advisory Committee advises Mothers and Fathers Matter on the law and ethics relating to assisted human reproduction, surrogacy and adoption.
It members are:
Dr Thomas Finegan. Thomas publishes in the areas of areas of human rights law and legal and moral philosophy, and is a public policy advisor to Family & Life.
Dr Caitriona Hughes. Caitriona is a Clinical Psychologist working in the UK. She is Irish-born and raised. She works with children, young people, and adults.
Dr Catherine Kavanagh. Catherine is a lecturer in philosophy at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She obtained her PhD from the University of Notre Dame in the United States.
Dr Rik Van Nieuwenhove. Rik lectures in theology in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. He has published several books with Cambridge University Press and University of Notre Dame Press, and regularly contributes to debates on education, family life, and the role of religion in the public sphere
David Quinn. David is a columnist with The Irish Independent and The Irish Catholic. He is also founder and director of The Iona Institute.
Dr Joanna Rose. Joanna is herself donor-conceived. She is a campaigner for the rights of donor-conceived people and took a legal case in Britain that eventually won the right of donor-conceived people to know their biological parents.