The Law Society in Dublin hosted their Justice Media Awards this afternoon, honouring journalists in newspapers, radio, TV, and more, for their contributions to crime and law reporting in the past year.
The top prize of the evening went to Ann Murphy of the Cork Evening Echo. Murphy, a twelve-year veteran of the Echo staff, won the Overall award for her article on relationship law, “When Love Breaks Down.” The piece, which covered domestic violence law, waiting times for legal aid in family law cases, and several other elements of relationship law, was lauded by the Law Society as “an almost perfect look at the laws dealing with the breakdown of relationships.”
Cormac O’Keefe of the Irish Examiner won the Justice Media Award in the Daily Newspapers category for his story, “When life doesn’t mean life,” detailing the case of a convicted murderer released from prison despite having been given a life sentence. Alison O’Reilly of the Irish Mail on Sunday took home the equivalent award in the Sunday Newspapers category.
In the awards’ Court Reporting category, the Irish Daily Mail’s Helen Bruce won the top prize among print journalists for her coverage of the closing speeches in the Graham Dwyer murder trial, and RTE DriveTime’s Philip Boucher-Hayes took home the equivalent award among broadcasters.
The Law Society administers the Justice Media Awards in the interest of promoting Ireland’s best legal journalism and furthering public understanding of the law. For more on this year’s awards, see the awards’ website and the Law Society on Twitter.