Sunday independent business writers honored at prestigious media ceremony

Two Sunday Independent journalists were among Ireland’s leading business journalists to be recognized at the prestigious UCD Michael Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards in Dublin last week.

it awards honors in Irish business journalism in seven categories. Print, online and radio journalists can apply.

The winners of the seven categories each received 1,000 euros in prize money.

Fearghal O’Connor, Deputy Business Editor of the Sunday independentwon the Business Interview of the Year Award for his interview with Irish businessman Richard O’Halloran, who spoke about his ordeal in prison in China in the play I Feelt Abandoned.

Sunday independent Business reporter Sean Pollock was recognized in the Business Feature of the Year category for his article Irish Tech Firms answering a Global Call of Duty, which covered Irish dual-use technology companies.


Sunday Independent Business Reporter Sean Pollock (centre), who won Business Feature of the Year, pictured with Myles O’Grady, Group CEO Bank of Ireland, and Professor Gerardine Doyle, Principal of the UCD Smurfit School at the UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards. Photo: Shane O’Neill/Coalesce

Due to the high quality of entries in this category, two winners were selected – the other was an entry by Maria Delaney (Notable) and Ian Curran (The Journal) for their submission: “Holy Land: How much money will religious orders pocket in lucrative property sales?” ‘

Business Editor Samantha McCaughren was nominated in two categories, including an inaugural Women in Business Journalism award, presented to Silicon Republic’s Elaine Burke for her contributions “Outercom: A New Class of Founders Answering the Intercom Buzz” and “Digital Services Act ‘ went : The EU’s tough new rules for online content.’

Other winners in the seven categories included Emerging Journalist of the Year – Cáit Caden, Irish examiner and Audio Story of the Year – Adam Maguire, RTÉ News.

Business News Story of the Year was written by Peter O’Dwyer and Lorcan Allen, of business mail for their submission: “The government is preparing to accept a corporate tax rate of 15 percent”.

Business Analyst of the Year went to contributions from Niall Sargent (notable); Rory Winters, Luke Butterly and Tommy Greene (The Detail) and Ella McSweeney (The guard), Noteworthy/Journal Media for their contributions, ‘Suspected False Documents and Illegal Dumping: The Dark World of Poultry Manure’ and ‘Canary in the Coal Mine: Conservation Areas Under Pressure from Poultry Farming’.​ Sunday independent business writers honored at prestigious media ceremony

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