FOUR reporters from Independent News & Media titles have been nominated for the prestigious UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards.
And in a clear sign of the group's commitment to reporting the biggest stories first, two INM journalists will go head-to-head for the award for best breaking business news story.
The Anglo Tapes revelations broken by Paul Williams was perhaps the most talked about news story in Ireland this year, while, John Mulligan's story first told the world about Ryanair's plan to order 175 Boeing aircraft with a list price of $15.6bn (€11.6bn) – the biggest ever order by any Irish firm.
Irish Independent columnist Richard Curran and Sunday Independent deputy business editor Tom Lyons have been nominated in the specialist business reporting category for their documentary 'Inside Irish Nationwide' which was made for Animo Television and shown on RTE.
Tom Lyons, who has won several previous Smurfit awards, was also nominated for business interview of the year for his article on Mike Aynsley, the former chief executive of IBRC.
The awards, which are picked by a mix of prominent Irish business people, academics as well as journalists, are sponsored by the Smurfit Business School and eircom Wholesale.