2015 Funding Rounds and Initiatives

Public Interest Funding Round (2015)

Awards totaling €30,000 were awarded to 8 successful journalists from all strands of media as part of the fifth round of funding which fell under the theme of ‘Public Interest’.

Successful projects published / broadcast so far include: ‘When out of hours care proves fatal’ by Tom Mooney, Editor of the Wexford Echo; ‘Voices from the Spectrum’ by Susan Dennehy, aired on Newstalk’s, Pat Kenny Show; ‘The Hungry Road’ by freelance journalist Bairbre Flood, aired on UCC 98.3 FM; ‘Cut of from the classroom’ by Cathy Heffernan, published in The Irish Times;  ‘EPA, Friend or Foe of the Environment’ by Dan Danaher, published in the Clare Champion; ‘Visa Factories or English Schools’ by Sara-Jane Fortune and Hector Pastor, broadcast on Near FM; and ‘Child Sex Abuse in the Community – Now and Then’ by Peter McGuire, published by The Irish Times.

Click here to view published and broadcast projects from the 2015 Public Interest funding round.


RTÉ Investigative Journalism Course

The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund was supported by RTÉ. Allied to its support of the aims and objectives of the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund, RTÉ offered one place on a two-week investigative journalism course with the RTÉ Investigations Unit to a nominee of the Fund.

Cathy Heffernan was named as the successful applicant and she completed the two week programme on site at RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 during May 2015.

The purpose of the course  course was to help upskill programme makers and journalists to deliver long and short from investigative reports across television, radio, print and online. The course involved highly interactive and practical training which included advance web skills, legal guidelines and principals, surveillance techniques and training, data harvesting and techniques for investigating financial irregularities, as well as storytelling and developing original journalism.