Mediahuis journalists win awards at the UCD Smurfit Business Journalism Awards

Two Sunday Independent journalists were among Ireland’s leading business journalists to be honored at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business Journalist Awards in Dublin today.

It awards honors in Irish business journalism across the media spectrum.

Sunday Independent business reporter Sean Pollock was among the winners of the seven categories, with each recipient receiving a prize of €1,000.

He was recognized in the Business Feature of the Year category for his article Irish Tech Firms answering a Global Call of Duty, to which he responded on Twitter: “Really didn’t see that coming! I am happy about this award.”

Other honorees in the same category were Maria Delaney from Noteworthy and Ian Curran from The Journal for their submission “Holy Land: How much money are religion orders pocket from lucrative property sales?”.

The Sunday Independent’s deputy business editor Fearghal O’Connor won Business Interview of the Year for his interview with Irish businessman Richard O’Halloran, who wrote in an article entitled “I Feel Abandoned” about his prison Torture in China spoke.

Mr O’Connor tweeted: “This is a real honor given the excellent nominations. I am grateful that I, along with others, have been able to contribute in a very small way to highlighting a terrible injustice that can only be righted through the courage and tenacity of Richard, his family and a small group of people who refused to give him up became.”

Meanwhile, the Business News Story of the Year award went to The Business Post’s Peter O’Dwyer and Lorcan Allen for their submission “The government is preparing to allow a 15 percent corporate tax rate.”

The Audio Story of the Year award went to RTÉ News’ Adam Maguire for his contribution “Inflation Shopping Basket”.

And Business Analyst of the Year went to Niall Sargent of Noteworthy, Rory Winters, Luke Butterly and Tommy Greene of The Detail, and Ella McSweeney of The Guardian, Noteworthy and Journal Media for their contributions: “Suspected false documentation and illegal dumping: the Cloudy World of Poultry Manure” and “Canary in the Coal Mine: Nature Conservation Areas Under the Pressure of Poultry Farming”.

The inaugural Women in Business Journalism Award went to Silicon Republic’s Elaine Burk for her contributions Outercom: A New Class of Founders Answering the Intercom Buzz and Digital Services Act: The EU’s Tough New Rules for Online Content “.

The Emerging Journalist of the Year award went to The Irish Examiner’s Cáit Caden for her contributions: “From war-torn Ukraine to the bartender in Killarney”, “Dalton Philips: The man at the center of the chaos at Dublin Airport” and “Electric Ireland will not dump its customers ‘as a result of the departure of KBC and Ulster'”.

Prof Gerardine Doyle, Principal of the UCD Smurfit School and Associate Dean of the UCD College of Business, said: “We are celebrating our 15th anniversary and are proud to recognize the very best in Irish business journalism – work that enhances the public’s understanding of enriches critical issues of the day and how they affect business and society.”

“We are also proud to present our inaugural Women in Business Journalism Award to Silicon Republic’s Elaine Burke. This award recognizes the consistent excellence of a business journalist for her work that promotes a better understanding of business and economics and demonstrates outstanding writing, reporting, analyzing or commenting.”

Myles O’Grady, Group CEO of Sponsors Bank of Ireland, said: “We are delighted to once again partner with UCD Smurfit School to sponsor this awards program and congratulate today’s winners and nominees. These awards demonstrate the skills of Irish business journalists who deliver reports of the highest caliber. Great business journalism is a crucial part of a thriving business community, so it’s important that we recognize the talent and dedication of all journalists here today.” Mediahuis journalists win awards at the UCD Smurfit Business Journalism Awards

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