Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin has expressed his shock and sadness following the death of the journalist and documentary-maker Mary Raftery.
Deputy Martin said: “Mary was a groundbreaking, inspirational journalist who made a major contribution to Irish public life. Through her work Mary raised the level of public debate in this country and touched many lives.
“Mary was best known for her documentary series ‘States of Fear’, which shone a light on the extent of physical and sexual abuse in industrial schools and residential institutions. This played a major role in the process of understanding the extent of the problem and helped in the establishment of the Commission of Inquiry into Child Abuse.
“She also produced the Prime Time programme ‘Cardinal Secrets’ in 2002, leading to the establishment of the Murphy Commission into clerical abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese and recently also worked to highlight the history of psychiatric services and their historical role in Irish society.
“Mary tirelessly campaigned for the rights of those who were abused and mistreated and challenged the status quo. As a result of her work Mary is held in the highest regard by so many people across the country who will feel a huge sense of loss today following her untimely death.
“I met Mary on a number of occasions and I want to extend my deepest condolences today to Mary’s husband and son and all her family and friends.”