The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund will – from this week – republish Mary Raftery’s columns which ran in The Irish Times from 2003. With the permission and support of The Irish Times, one of her columns will be featured each Wednesday on www.maryrafteryfund.ie.
Mary Raftery was a prolific journalist and wrote on a wide range of subjects such as child abuse, human rights, women’s rights, and mental health. She contributed a weekly column for The Irish Times between 2003 and 2009, and wrote regular articles and opinion columns until her death in 2012.
Prior to writing for The Irish Times, Mary worked with RTÉ as a producer, working on a range of current affairs programmes. She left RTÉ in 2002 to become a freelance television producer and journalist.
While at RTÉ, 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 between the 1930s and the 1970s.
In September 2012, the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund was established in memory of Mary. The mission of the Fund is to promote good practice in investigative journalism. It aims to facilitate high quality reportage that serves the public interest. Against this backdrop, the Fund awards assistance to journalists whose work cannot be otherwise funded. To date there have been four funding rounds.
Speaking ahead of the republication of her columns, Editor of The Irish Times, Kevin O’Sullivan said: “We are pleased to collaborate with the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund in bringing Mary’s columns to life again. While some of the context and rationale for her columns have changed, their sentiment still remains relevant to contemporary times.”
The republished columns will be found here: http://maryrafteryfund.ie/topics/marys-work/