Thursday 20 September 2018

Irish Independent tops the bill in news, politics, business and sport

Young Journalist of the Year Niall O’Connor with (from left) Independent.ie Editor Fionnuala O’Leary, INM Group Head of News Jane Last and INM Editor-In-Chief Stephen Rae.
Photos: Tony Gavin
Young Journalist of the Year Niall O’Connor with (from left) Independent.ie Editor Fionnuala O’Leary, INM Group Head of News Jane Last and INM Editor-In-Chief Stephen Rae. Photos: Tony Gavin

Ryan Nugent

Irish Independent journalists covering news, politics, business and sport won a series of prestigious accolades at this year's NewsBrands Ireland journalism awards.

Irish Independent political correspondent Niall O'Connor scooped the Young Journalist of the Year award, with his colleague Conor Feehan landing a richly deserved News Reporter of the Year gong at a ceremony at Dublin's Mansion House.

Review writer John Meagher was awarded Business Story of the Year for an article he wrote in the Irish Independent on Saturday Review section on the gig economy.

Meanwhile, GAA Editor Martin Breheny was awarded with Sports Story of the Year for his interview with former Mayo GAA managers, Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly, which revealed the players revolt that led to their departure from the team.

Martin Breheny, Sports Story award winner with INM Group Sports Editor David Courtney
Martin Breheny, Sports Story award winner with INM Group Sports Editor David Courtney

Also from the Independent News and Media (INM) stable, Lynda McCarthy of the 'Sunday World' was awarded Popular Columnist of the Year.

At the ceremony, historian Catherine Corless was given a Special Award for Investigative Research for her work in exposing the mass graves at Tuam Mother and Baby Home in Co Galway.

Following the ceremony, Niall O'Connor said it was important to keep remembering why journalists do their job. He said the work undertaken by brave journalists provides inpiration throughout the industry.

"It spurs you on to try and show the sort of courage exemplified by the likes of Veronica Guerin, by Daphne Caruana (the Maltese reporter killed a fortnight ago), and James Foley, who was beheaded in Syria," he said.

Irish Independent Editor Fionnán Sheahan with John Meagher, Business Story Award winner
Irish Independent Editor Fionnán Sheahan with John Meagher, Business Story Award winner

"They're the stories that make you want to continue to work in an challenging industry," he added.

Conor Feehan commended his editors for giving him the platform to do his job.

"I'm grateful to work for a newspaper that allows me to get up early every morning and talk to real people in real situations - they're the stories that matter.

"It's my honour to meet people every day and try to get their stories across," he said.

Conor Feehan, INM Tabloid Platform Editor Des Gibson and Herald Editor Alan Steenson
Conor Feehan, INM Tabloid Platform Editor Des Gibson and Herald Editor Alan Steenson

Irish Independent Editor Fionnán Sheahan said the breadth of awards won showed the range of expertise in the newspaper. He said the award for Niall O'Connor was particularly poignant as his father, Brendan, passed away earlier this year.

"Brendan would be immensely proud," he said.

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