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Mary Raftery

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Cause of death  Ovarian cancer
Name  Mary Raftery
Spouse(s)  David Waddell; 1 child

Occupation  Filmmaker, writer
Nationality  Irish
Role  Journalist
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Full Name  Mary Frances Therese Raftery
Born  21 December 1957 (1957-12-21) Dublin, Ireland
Died  January 10, 2012, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Books  Suffer the little children, Do They Think We're Eejits?: A Selection of the Irish Times Columns 2003-2009
Known for  States of Fear, Cardinal Secrets

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Mary Frances Thérèse Raftery (21 December 1957 – 10 January 2012) was an Irish investigative journalist, filmmaker and writer.


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She started her investigative journalism career with In Dublin magazine in the 1970s, before moving on to Magill Magazine and then to Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) in 1984. Her documentary series States of Fear was broadcast on the Irish television channel Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) in 1999. A book she wrote later that year called Suffer the Little Children added more detail to her claim that the Irish childcare system between the 1930s and 1970s was guilty of widespread persecution and abuse. In 2000, the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse was established by the Irish Government to examine the evidence: its Report was published in May 2009. Her programme "Cardinal Secrets" was broadcast as a Prime Time special on RTÉ in 2002. It led to the setting up of the Murphy Commission of Investigation into clerical abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese which published the Murphy Report in 2009.

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She was nominated for "NNI National Journalist of the Year" in 2011 for her work in exposing clerical abuse of children.

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Raftery died of ovarian cancer at St. Vincent's University Hospital on 10 January 2012, aged 54. She was survived by her mother, three siblings, her husband and her son.

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  • Mary Raftery Journalism Fund
  • Writing

  • Raftery, Mary; O'Sullivan, Eoin (1999). Suffer The Little Children. Dublin, Ireland: New Island. ISBN 9781874597834. 
  • Raftery, Mary (2013). Do They Think We're Eejits?. Dublin, Ireland: The Irish Times. ISBN 9780907011378. 
  • References

    Mary Raftery Wikipedia

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