2015 Funded Projects

The fifth funding round took place in winter 2015. Eight applicants were successful from all strands of the media. Here you will find examples of their work:

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

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

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

Tom Mooney: When out of hours care proves fatal

Tom Mooney’s report ‘when out of hours care proves fatal’, is an investigation of the paucity of out of hours care made available to people suffering from the abrupt onset of mental illness. In putting together his report, Tom interviewed

Bairdre Flood: The Hungry Road

Bairbre Flood spent a week in the migrant camp in Calais, France speaking to the people forced there through war or the political and economical situations in their home lands from which they fled. Her documentary ‘The Hungry Road’ for

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