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Liam Corcoran (21), from Dunmore, Co Galway, and Niamh Drohan (22), from Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Liam Corcoran (21), from Dunmore, Co Galway, and Niamh Drohan (22), from Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Liam Corcoran (21), from Dunmore, Co Galway, and Niamh Drohan (22), from Dungarvan, Co Waterford

TWO final-year journalism students have been shortlisted for an award named in memory of the late Irish Independent editor Vinnie Doyle.

Liam Corcoran (21), from Dunmore, Co Galway, and Niamh Drohan (22), from Dungarvan, Co Waterford, both attend the University of Limerick (UL) and are vying for the 'Vincent Doyle Award for Investigative Journalism'.

Mr Corcoran has been nominated for an investigation into the social housing crisis.

During a survey of the country's county councils, he uncovered evidence that many of the national social housing waiting lists have had a major increase in numbers since the start of the recession. Mr Corcoran worked as a trainee reporter with the 'Connacht Tribune' and 'Tuam Herald' newspapers and hopes to pursue a career in print journalism after graduating.

Ms Drohan was shortlisted for her work into the prescribing of sedatives by doctors in the southeast region. She worked with the 'Waterford News and Star' for six months in 2011 as a reporter and columnist.

Ms Drohan has a keen interest in health issues and upon graduation hopes to work as a journalist in this area.

The award – which is supported by Independent News & Media and the Doyle family – is presented annually to a student who has achieved excellence in the field of investigative journalism.

The winner will be announced at the University of Limerick on May 15.

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

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.

Irish Independent