Saturday 3 December 2016

Prestigious award for INM crime team who take 'significant risks'

Laura Larkin

Published 14/11/2016 | 02:30

From left: ISIA President Alan Durnan, ‘Sunday World’ Investigations Editor Nicola Tallant, INM Head of News Jane Last and John O’Donoghue, Managing Director of Noonan, at the awards ceremony. Photo: David Cantwell
From left: ISIA President Alan Durnan, ‘Sunday World’ Investigations Editor Nicola Tallant, INM Head of News Jane Last and John O’Donoghue, Managing Director of Noonan, at the awards ceremony. Photo: David Cantwell

The crime reporting team from Independent News and Media (INM) have received a prestigious award from the Irish Security Industry Association (ISIA).

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The Paul Lynch Memorial Award was presented to INM's Head of News Jane Last and 'Sunday World' Investigations Editor Nicola Tallant at the ISIA's annual awards night over the weekend.

The award is a specially commissioned sculpture depicting a pair of clasped hands which symbolise caring, strength and protection and is named after the former ISIA president, who died aged 38.

The lives of two INM journalists were threatened by criminal elements earlier this year.

ISIA President Alan Durnan said: "We were thrilled to be able to recognise the contribution made by the crime reporting team of INM with this year's premier award.

"What those of us who read their articles often neglect to recognise is the significant risks to personal security that these journalists face each day. Despite the risks, they continue to report on criminality in our society, helping to shape our views and ensuring that we all strive for a more secure island of Ireland with reduced crime."

Accepting the award, Ms Tallant thanked all in the security industry and said both media and security professionals would be working more closely in the future to uncover crime in Ireland.

Irish Independent

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