Friday 24 November 2017

Journalist Mary Raftery dies

JOURNALIST and documentary maker Mary Raftery passed away today following an illness.

Ms Raftery (54) was best known as the producer and director of the States of Fear series that revealed the extent of physical and sexual abuse suffered by children in the Irish childcare system.

It was credited with sparking several investigations into religious orders.

She is survived by her husband David Waddell and their son Ben.

RTÉ Director General Noel Curran said: "Mary Raftery's journalism was defined by determination and fearlessness. Her record in broadcasting is extraordinary... She has left an important legacy for Irish society." See Page 14

'Double' prison term contested

A District Court judge's decision to double the prison term imposed on a man who told the judge "to shove " the six-month jail sentence originally imposed is to be the subject of a High Court challenge.

The action is being brought on behalf of Athlone man Patrick Greene, who is seeking a High Court order quashing the 12-month sentence imposed by Judge Seamus Hughes last week.

Lawyers for Greene, of St Mel's Terrace, Athlone, Co Westmeath, claim the judge erred in law, was not entitled to change the sentence and acted in excess of his jurisdiction.

Black Sabbath star has cancer

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi is to undergo treatment for cancer after being diagnosed with lymphoma.

His bandmates -- with whom he has recently been reunited to record a new album -- have asked for fans to send "positive vibes" to the 63-year-old musician.

Vitamin good

for the memory

Older adults who took vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements for two years had greater improvements on short- and long-term memory tests than adults who did not take the vitamins, according to an Australian study.

The benefits were modest but encouraging, said Janine Walker of Australian National University.

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