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The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School Business Journalist Awards were held at the Royal College of Physicians on Monday 19 November 2012.

Each year, the Awards highlight and reward excellence across Irish business journalism from print, broadcast and online media. The inaugural Alumni Choice Award, sponsored by Mason Hayes & Curran, was presented to Dan O’Brien of the Irish Times. The Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Damien Kiberd, economist and columnist with the Sunday Times.

Six of Ireland’s leading business journalists from RTÉ, The Sunday Times, The Irish Times and the Sunday Business Post were honoured at the awards in the following categories:

Breaking Business News
Winner: Mark Paul, The Sunday Times

Economic/ Business Comment
Winner: Brian Carey, The Sunday Times

Business Feature
Winner: Robert Shortt, RTÉ

Specialist Business Reporting
Winner: Ian Kehoe, RTÉ

Business Interview
Winner: Ciarán Hancock, The Irish Times

Breakthrough Journalist of the Year
Winner: Siobhan Brett, The Sunday Business Post

Each of the winners was presented with an award by Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business Schools.

The prestigious independent panel of judges was comprised of business, journalism economic and academic leaders. This year’s judging panel were: Margaret Downes, Chair, Judging Panel; Emer Gilvarry, Managing Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran; Chris Glennon, former political editor, the Irish Independent; Professor Ciarán Ò’hÒgartaigh, Dean of UCD Business Schools; Sam Smyth, journalist and broadcaster; Prof. Niamh Brennan, Academic Director, Centre for Corporate Governance at UCD; Susan Daly, editor of; John Travers, economic advisor and business consultant and member of UCD Smurfit School Advisory Board; Cyril McGuire, Chief Executive Officer at Infinity Capital Limited, past CEO at Trintech Group Plc and member of UCD Smurfit School Advisory Board; and Aisling Dodgson, Head of Treasury, Investec Ireland.

For more information on the 2012 UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards, please click here.

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