Saturday 3 December 2016

Setting truth free

Published 12/01/2012 | 05:00

• Mary Raftery was a remarkable person. She shone a light into the hidden past of Ireland, exposing the horrors of the industrial schools and laying bare a crime against humanity long covered up.

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Her book 'Suffer the Little Children' and the brilliant 'States of Fear' TV series appeared before the Ryan Report, alerting us to the shattering catalogue of shame that was slowly approaching publication.

She revealed the truth about what we now refer to increasingly as the "Irish Gulags", where boys and girls cowered in terror from people who beat, bullied, and traumatised them, or scarred their lives with sexual abuse.

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