29th April – 21st June 2013
Of all the work Mary Raftery completed in her career, she is best known for her involvement in ‘States of Fear’, a 1999 documentary series that presented the public with evidence of the physical and sexual abuse of children in residential care institutions in Ireland. The series is credited with leading to the establishment of the Ryan Commission of Inquiry into child sex abuse and the setting up of the Residential Institutions Redress Board.
Since then, controversies surrounding the care of vulnerable children in this State have occupied the headlines on numerous occasions. Most recently, the report of the Independent Child Death Review Group outlined the deaths of 196 children known to the State’s childcare services between 2000 and 2010.
Issues concerning child poverty and the juvenile judicial system have also come to the public attention in recent years.
A proposed investigative project for the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund might focus on one or more of these issues, while bringing new information into the public domain.