A selection of The Irish Times Columns 2003-2009
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Mary Raftery (1957 – 2012) was a journalist, filmmaker and writer. She started her investigative journalism career with In Dublin magazine in the 1970s, before moving on to Magill Magazine and then to RTÉ in 1984.
She produced the ‘States of Fear’ documentary series, broadcast in April and May 1999, which detailed the shocking abuse suffered by children in reformatory and industrial schools. As a result of her findings the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse was established in 2000 by the Irish Government; its report was published in May 2009.
Her programme ‘Cardinal Secrets’ was broadcast in 2002. It, in turn, led to the setting up of the Murphy Commission of Investigation into clerical abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese which published its report in 2009. Mary Raftery was a prolific journalist and wrote on a wide range of subjects, she contributed a weekly column for The Irish Times between 2003 and 2007 and wrote regular articles and opinion columns until her death in 2012.
“Mary Raftery was unquestionably the most important Irish journalist of the last 30 years…she was one of the very few members of the profession anywhere of whom it can be said without a hint of exaggeration that they didn’t just reflect their society, they changed it. In her case, she changed Ireland significantly and for the better.”