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Karl Broderick, Paul Ryder, Alan Hughes and Derek Mooney at the LGBT awards

Karl Broderick, Paul Ryder, Alan Hughes and Derek Mooney at the LGBT awards

Fergal Phillips

Karl Broderick, Paul Ryder, Alan Hughes and Derek Mooney at the LGBT awards

Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin and hurler Donal Óg Cusack have been honoured at the Galas LGBT Awards.

The ceremony was held in the Shelbourne Hotel last night and is now in its sixth year.

It is held annually to "honour and celebrate all of the individuals and organisations who are working to better the lives of LGBT people".

Olivia McEvoy, chair of the National LGBT Federation, said that those who are honoured at the ceremony are "committed to advancing equality and social acceptance for LGBT people".

Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Riordáin won the political figure award, while Donal Óg Cusack won in the sports category.

Other winners on the night included consulting firm Accenture, who triumphed in the employers category, and the 'Yes Equality' campaign which won the prize for best social media and website.

Comedians Kevin McGahern and Tara Flynn hosted the ceremony, which was attended by 'Mrs Brown's Boys' star Rory Cowan, RTE's Oliver Callan, Aengus MacGrianna and Derek Mooney, as well as Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer.

Irish Independent