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.

Dearbhla Glynn: War in Eastern Congo

Dearbhla Glynn’s feature film documents the issue of rape and conflict in Eastern Congo and deeply explores the experience of the victims as well as the perspective of the perpetrators behind these appalling crimes. It is an arresting and brutal account of

Susan Dennehy: Voices from the Spectrum

As part of Autism Awareness Month, Susan Dennehy produced a series of radio reports called ‘voices from the spectrum’ which were aired on Newstalk’s, Pat Kenny Show. Susan’s reports exposed the reality of life for families of children with Autism Spectrum

Sorcha Heron: Who Cares for the Carer?

As part of the Autumn Season of Documentary on Newstalk, radio producer Sorcha Heron looks at the factors that cause burnout among social care workers in Ireland in Who Cares for the Carer?  There are over 6,000 social care workers believed

Della Kilroy: The Methadone Market

This project investigated the use of methadone in Dublin City. It looked into how it is prescribed, who it is prescribed to, the effects and dosage needed, and how the drug is being sold to other drug users on the

Sorcha Glackin: Suicide and Mental Health in the Travelling Community

This project investigated why suicide rates amongst members of the travelling community are so high, and what exactly is being done about it. It focused on the stigma that still exists in the travelling community when it comes to speaking about issues such as mental health and suicide, and what is being done about this stigma.

One in Ten – Newstalk, 5th July 2015

Ian Byrne: My Modern Family

Ian Byrne’s project investigated the discrimination against children brought up by same-sex couples in Ireland, and why children of LGBT families are denied the same rights as those of heterosexual couples. It also explored the experiences of LGBT families in general and the pathways to parenthood for same-sex couples and their perceived position in Irish society.

My Modern Family – Spin 1038, 1st June 2015

Freda Hughes: Afraid to Complain – Racism in West Dublin

This project was a 2-part series broadcast on Phoenix FM in early February, 2014. The programmes investigate racially motivated crime in Dublin 15, how it manifests itself and how it is dealt with. The programmes also examines the support structures for dealing

Peter McGuire: Sex Education in Irish Schools – What are Children Being Taught?

Peter McGuire’s project focused on sex education, and how external organisations are providing information on sexuality to young people in publicly funded schools. The Irish Times, 01.02.2014 The Irish Times, 04.02.2014 The Irish Times, 11.02.2014 Part One The Irish Times,

David Ralph: Mental Health and the Military

David Ralph’s project explored the effects Lariam, the anti malaria drug given to Irish soldiers on service abroad, had on their mental health. The Irish Examiner, 30.01.2014

John Cradden – Special Needs Education in Mainstream Schools

John Cradden’s project  critically examined the system of special needs support for children with disabilities in mainstream/ordinary schools, as opposed to institutional settings or in special classes attached to ordinary schools. The Irish Times, 7.01.2014 Irish Times, 14.01.2014  For more