Gemma O’Doherty, an investigative journalist from Dublin, has made a documentary about Ireland’s longest and youngest missing person, Mary Boyle : The Untold Story. Speaking to Film Ireland, Gemma says:
“I was Chief Features Writer and a multi award-winning journalist at the Irish Independent where I worked for 17 years. Following my investigation into the Fr Niall Molloy murder, which led to the reopening of the case, and my coverage of the penalty points scandal, I was fired from my job in April 2013. I took three legal actions against INM and won.
At the time of my firing, I was working with many bereaved citizens whose loved ones had been murdered and who were alleging garda cover-up in the investigations. One of the cases was that of Mary Boyle, Ireland’s longest and youngest missing citizen who was murdered after following her uncle across fields in March 1977. She was six at the time and her remains have never been found.
I have just released my first documentary online called Mary Boyle: The Untold Story. It is self-funded, has had more than 155k views in a month and has won several awards. I chose to show it on YouTube so it could reach the widest possible audience and also because there is little appetite for stories of this nature in the Irish mainstream media. However the case has been gaining traction internationally with The Guardian and other foreign publications writing about it.
I am really keen to have the film screened in as many locations in Ireland as possible so people can learn about the case.