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Documentary about Christine Buckley 'Dear Daughter' to be aired tonight

The programme will be shown on RTÉ.

Image: James Horan via Photocall Ireland

A PROGRAMME ABOUT the childhood of the late Christine Buckley will be aired tonight.

The programme, Dear Daughter, was originally broadcast in 1996. It will be shown tonight on RTÉ 1 at 11:05 pm.

Christine Buckley passed away on 11 March this year after a long battle with cancer.

She was brought up in Goldenbridge industrial school, after being born to a Nigerian medical student and a married Irish woman.

At the industrial school, she was subjected to physical and mental abuse.

Christine went on to campaign on behalf of others who had survived institutional abuse.

She co-founded the Aislinn Education and Support Centre for survivors of abuse and their families.

In 1999 the then taoiseach Bertie Ahern apologised on behalf of the State to all who had been in residential institutions as children.

He also announced that a commission would be set up to investigate the treatment of children in such institutions and a redress board would be established to compensate them.

The Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse was set up in 2000.

The report, also known as the Ryan report as it was chaired by Justice Seán Ryan, was published in May 2009.

Christine spoke about the report on Tonight with Vincent Browne in 2009.



Christine Buckley is survived by her husband Donal and three children.


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