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Irish Times Investigation: Major series on sex education, supported by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund

Feb - March 2014: The Irish Times published my series of investigative pieces concerning sex and relationship education in Irish schools, which were supported by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund

The articles, published in Weekend Review and Education Today over four weeks, addressed how schools frequently use unaccountable external agencies - including Youth Defence, Pure in Heart, and the Irish Family Planning Association - to provide information on abortion, contraception, and sexuality. I also looked at how teachers and parents are addressing teenage sexuality. 

The articles were shared almost 4,000 times on social media. I was a guest for a half-hour slot on Today FM’s Ray D’Arcy Show to discuss sex education. The topic of sex education was widely taken up by national media and explored by other media outlets including RTE’s Prime Time, to whom I provided informal advice, and TheJournal.ie.