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Tributes paid to Dublin journalist Mary Raftery

11 January 2012

Tributes have been paid to Mary Raftery, NUJ member and renowned journalist and broadcaster, who died in Dublin aged 54. Mary Raftery died at St Vincent's hospital in Dublin following an illness.

Mary Raftery, a member of Dublin Broadcasting branch, was one of the most influential journalists of her generation. Her ground-breaking investigative work had a direct impact on state policy, leading to the setting up of a Commisson and the Residential Institutions Redress Board.

Séamus Dooley, NUJ Irish Secretary, said the the death of Mary Raftery was a significant loss to Irish journalism. During her time as a staff member in RTÉ, Mary was actively involved in the union and remained steadfastly loyal to the union throughout her career.

Séamus Dooley said:

"Mary's death, following an illness borne with characteristic courage, will be mourned by all who knew and respected her as a fearless journalist who was always willing to ask awkard questions, to seek out uncomfortable facts and to shine a light in the darkest corners of Irish society.
"Mary will be best remembered for her ground breaking documentaries 'States of Fear' and 'Cardinal Secrets', but her contribution to Irish journalism was multi-faceted.
"Her passion for social justice informed Mary's journalism at In Dublin, in Magill and in RTÉ. It also informed her colum in The Irish Times and was at the core of her work in the fields of journalism and education.
"Her work was always challenging, always provocative yet always sensitive. She brought to journalism a rigour rooted in her interest in science, mathematics and engineering. Colleagues recall with admiration her insistence on checking and cross-referencing every detail of every story.
"To her husband David, her son Ben and to her colleagues and friends sympathy is extended."

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