Successful Projects

Awards totalling €89,000 were made to 18 successful applicants from all strands of media in the first two rounds of the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund. It is expected that successful projects will be broadcast or published throughout 2013 and will be promoted on Due to the investigative nature of the projects, successful applicants will not be made public before the broadcast or publication of their work.

Isabel Perceval: Lives in Limbo

Produced by fund recipient Isabel Perceval and reported by Eithne O’Brien, this Prime Time documentary revisits Ballaghaderreen a year after it was announced they were to host refugees from Syria. They followed two of the newly arrived refugees over the

Orla Ryan & Niamh Heery: Tackling Extremism: How reaching out to refugees can help stop radicalisation

This project will tell the real-life stories of refugees impacted by the reality of the crisis, and focus on what people are doing to help stop radicalisation and create a more empathetic environment for all refugees. Many elements of the

Maresa Fagan: ‘Ireland’s Response to the Refugee Crisis: Céad Míle Fáilte?’

How does Ireland’s record on the refugee crisis and immigration fare compared to the rest of Europe? This investigation examines Ireland’s response to the global refugee crisis in a number of ways – through data analysis, through the personal journeys

Sally Hayden: Road to Damascus: the Syrian refugees who want to go home

Reverse migration – efforts by Syrian refugees in Europe to return home – is a growing movement. But those who want to go face legal, practical and financial blocks, and many who make it back face torture and conscription. In

Cathy Heffernan: Cut off from the Classroom – Education for deaf children in Ireland

In a two part series, Cathy Heffernan explores education for deaf children in Ireland. Part one is an investigation into education for deaf children since mainstreaming became the default and preferred education policy for children with special needs, and part

Della Kilroy: Libyan Survival – Refugees Rescued From Sea

In November 2017, the International Organisation for Migration said the Mediterranean remains by far the world’s deadliest border for migrants and refugees. With the EU struggling to stem migration and deal with severe conditions in Libyan detention camps, Della Kilroy

Dan Danaher: The EPA: Friend or Foe of the Environment

Dan Danaher’s report ‘The EPA: Friend or Foe of the Environment’ for The Clare Champion, is an investigation into the effectiveness of the EPA to act properly as an independent environmental watchdog for major chemical companies and industries emitting harmful dioxins

Maurice Kelliher & Shaun O’Boyle: Prejudice and Pride

Photos: David Nugent “In a world where language and naming are power, silence is oppression, is violence.” ― Adrienne Rich There are approximately 40,000 travellers in Ireland and it is safe to estimate that many hundreds are attracted to the same

Peter McGuire: Child sex abuse in the community – now and then

Peter McGuire explores the treatment and prevention options available to child sex offenders in Ireland and potential offenders, and the effectiveness of those models. He also looks at how non-offending pedophiles are treated by the healthcare system. Peter’s work was

Hector Pastor and Sarah-Jane Fortune: Visa Factories or English Schools?

Over the last three years, the English language Industry in Ireland has suffered many school closures, exposing the malpractice taking place in some schools and resulting in hundreds of international students losing large sums of money. This hour-long documentary, funded