Journalist Mary Raftery dies


The death has taken place in Dublin of renowned journalist and broadcaster Mary Raftery.

She died at St Vincent’s hospital in Dublin in the early hours of this morning after an illness. She was 54.

One of the outstanding journalists of her generation, Ms Raftery produced some of the most powerful and influential programmes ever broadcast on RTÉ television.

She was best known for the 1999 States of Fear documentary series that revealed the extent of physical and sexual abuse suffered by children in industrial schools managed by religious orders on behalf of the State.

It led to then taoiseach Bertie Ahern apologising to victims of institutional abuse on behalf of the State.

It also led to the setting up of the Ryan Commission, which reported in May 2009, and to the setting up of a confidential committee which heard the stories of victims of institutional abuse.

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