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Mary Raftery - Investigative Journalist - R.I.P.

category national | crime and justice | news report author Tuesday January 10, 2012 22:38author by wageslave Report this post to the editors

Investigative Journalist Mary Raftery has passed away. She was instrumental in bringing to light much of the systemic institutional abuse by religious organisations that occurred. Mary, you were an inspiration to journalism and you will be missed
Mary Raftery
Mary Raftery

Mary Raftery, through her investigative Journalism was key to the exposure of the dark underbelly of the religious institutions in Ireland through her relentless and skilled research and through her documentary films "cardinal sins" and "states of fear".

She will be sorely missed at a time where proper investigative journalism has largely been replaced by a servile brand of repeating government and institutional press releases as "news".

Why is it that real journalists like Mary pass away prematurely whilst the likes of Eoghan harris seem to live on forever??

R.I.P. Mary. Your legacy will live on through several telling reports which came on the back of the controversy and outrage generated by your documentaries:

THE MURPHY REPORT,

THE RYAN REPORT
and
THE CLOYNE REPORT

And your documentary films such as this one:
States of fear part 1 of 2
States of fear part 2 of 2

author by Con Carrollpublication date Wed Jan 11, 2012 00:26author address author phone Report this post to the editors

I wish to express my condolences to the Rafferty Family. on hearing about the death of Mary. Rte News. to her son Ben, be proud and honoured that she was your mother. to her partner David, Mary was a woman who was compassion, justice and solidarity. to her mother Ita, I had the honour of meeting Mary. meeting with women from the Magdalene laundries, these women would tell me how Mary respected them. listened to them, and wanted these women to empower themselves

author by Celia Spublication date Wed Jan 11, 2012 23:25author address author phone Report this post to the editors

RIP Mary Raftery

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author by Joepublication date Thu Jan 12, 2012 18:17author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Mary's humanist funeral took place today . After the service at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham her plain wicker coffin was shouldered by women . The coffin and hearse were unadorned by flowers as Mary had requested that money be donated instead to Dublin Zoo . Journalist Fintan O'Toole gave a very moving homily to his old friend and colleague . As well as members of her family there were several survivors of clerical abuse in attendance to give the woman who had done so much to highlight their cause the send-off she deserved .

 
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