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Housing crisis articles secure prestigious 'Vincent Doyle Award'

A 21-YEAR-OLD journalism student has won a prestigious award which is named after the late Irish Independent editor, Vincent Doyle.

Liam Corcoran (21) from Dunmore, Co Galway won this year’s ‘Vincent Doyle Award for Investigative Journalism’ after he completed a series of articles examining the country’s social housing crisis.

Niamh Drohan (22) from Dungarvan, Co Waterford was runner-up. Ms Drohan’s series focused on prescription drugs and mental health.

Both students are in their final year of a journalism and new media course at the University of Limerick (UL).

The ‘Vincent Doyle Award for Investigative Journalism’ is supported by Independent News and Media plc and the Doyle family.

It is presented each year to a student who has achieved excellence in the field of investigative journalism.

The award was introduced last year to honour the memory of the late Irish Independent editor Vincent (Vinnie) Doyle.

The awards were presented by chairman of the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) national media awards, Michael Brophy, at a special ceremony at UL today.

Mr Corcoran said he felt privileged to receive the award.

He worked as a trainee reporter with the Connacht Tribune and Tuam Herald newspapers and hopes to pursue a career in print journalism after graduating.

“I’m delighted and honoured. Vincent Doyle is a legend in Irish journalism,” he said.

“Print journalism is really what I am interested in. I will keep my head down over the next couple of months and do my best.”

Tom Felle – director of the journalism and new media programme in UL – said both Mr Corcoran and Ms Drohan had excelled with their entries.

“Vinnie was one of the last great editors of an Irish daily newspaper – a man who truly had ink in his veins.

“Liam has demonstrated a commitment to asking the tough questions in the public interest and has produced stories of an excellent standard – stories Vinnie would have been proud to publish in his newspaper.

“We are particularly grateful to Independent News and Media and the Doyle family for their continued support of this award,” Mr Felle added.

Vinnie Doyle, who died in 2010, served as editor of the Irish Independent from 1981 to 2005.

He began his newspaper career in 1958 when he joined The Irish Press, before moving to ‘The Sunday Press’.

He joined Independent Newspapers in the 1960s and became editor of the ‘Evening Herald’ in 1977 before becoming the seventh Irish Independent editor in 1981.

His 24 year tenure at the helm of the Irish Independent made him one of the longest serving editors in the Irish newspaper industry.

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