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Irish business journalists honoured at 2022 UCD Smurfit School Awards

Posted 6 December 2022  


Some of Ireland’s top business journalists have been recognised at the UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards.    

Celebrating the best of IrIsh business journalism in terms of print, broadcast and online media, the awards, now in their 15th year, has announced the 2022 winners.

“Celebrating our milestone 15th year, we are proud to recognise the best of Irish business journalism—work which enriches the public’s understanding of critical issues of the day and how they impact business and society,” said Professor Gerardine Doyle, Director of UCD Smurfit School and Associate Dean of UCD College of Business.  

“We are also proud to award our first Women in Business Journalism Award to Elaine Burke of Silicon Republic. This award celebrates consistent excellence from a female business journalist for work that fosters a greater understanding of business and economics, demonstrating outstanding writing, reporting, analysis or commentary.”

Women in Business Journalism Awardee Elaine Burke, and Upcoming Journalist of the Year Cáit Caden. Photo: Shane O'Neill, Coalesce

The recipients of the 2022 awards are:    

Business News Story of the Year

Peter O'Dwyer & Lorcan Allen, Business Post - “(opens in a new window)Government prepares to concede on corporate tax rate of 15 per cent”.  

Audio Story of the Year  

Adam Maguire, RTÉ News - “(opens in a new window)Inflation Shopping Basket”.    

Business Features of the Year    

Maria Delaney (Noteworthy), and Ian Curran (The Journal) - “(opens in a new window)Holy Land: How much money are religious orders pocketing from lucrative property sales?”  

Sean Pollock, Sunday Independent - “Irish Tech Firms answering a Global Call of Duty”.    

Business Analyst of the Year    

Niall Sargent (Noteworthy); Rory Winters, Luke Butterly & Tommy Greene (The Detail), and Ella McSweeney (The Guardian), Noteworthy / Journal Media - “(opens in a new window)Suspected false documents and illegal dumping: the murky world of poultry manure” and “(opens in a new window)Canary in the coal mine': Protected nature areas under pressure from poultry farming”.    

Business Interview of the Year    

Fearghal O'Connor, Sunday Independent / Mediahuis Ireland - “(opens in a new window)I felt abandoned - Businessman Richard O’Halloran tells of China ordeal”.    

Women in Business Journalism Award    

Elaine Burke, Silicon Republic - “(opens in a new window)Outercom: A new class of founders answering the Intercom buzz” and “(opens in a new window)Digital Services Act: The EU’s strict new rules for online content”    

Upcoming Journalist of the Year    

Cáit Caden, Irish Examiner - “(opens in a new window)From war-torn Ukraine to bartending in Killarney”, “(opens in a new window)Dalton Philips: The man at the centre of the Dublin Airport mayhem” and “(opens in a new window)Electric Ireland won’t cut off customers ‘as a result of departure of KBC and Ulster’”.    

The winner of each category is awarded a €1,000 prize.

The UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards are run in conjunction with the Business Journalists Association of Ireland.

Breege O'Donoghue, BJA Judging Panel Chairperson, Primark Brand Ambassador; Donal O'Donovan, Business Editor, Irish Independent; Professor Gerardine Doyle, Director of UCD Smurfit School; Myles O’Grady, Group Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Ireland. Photo: Shane O'Neill, Coalesce

Myles O’Grady, Group CEO, Bank of Ireland added: “We are delighted to partner with UCD Smurfit School once again in sponsoring this awards programme and extend our congratulations to today’s winners and nominees.  

“These awards showcase the capability of Irish business journalists who deliver reporting of the highest standard. Great business journalism is a critical component of a thriving business community.”

By: David Kearns, Digital Journalist / Media Officer, UCD University Relations (with materials from Audrey Healy, UCD College of Business)