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Winners of the Inaugural Plain English Awards for Ireland Announced

21 September 2015

We were delighted to sponsor the first ever Plain English Awards for Ireland, held in Dublin on Friday 18 September 2015. The Awards were organised by the National Adult Literacy Agency and were presented at a Gala Dinner in the Jameson Distillery, Dublin.

The aim of the Plain English Awards is to reward organisations that communicate clearly in plain English. Over seventy organisations entered the competition by submitting documents and websites that they thought were outstanding examples of plain English and an independent panel of plain English experts, including former Mason Hayes & Curran Chairman Declan Moylan, judged the entries.

Inclusion Ireland Plain English Awards 2015

Managing Partner of Mason Hayes & Curran Declan Black (left) pictured with representatives from Inclusion Ireland, winners of the Plain English Award document category.

The winners were Inclusion Ireland for their booklet ‘Sexual Assault Support and Information’ in the Use of plain English in a document category, and The Cope Foundation for their website www.cope-foundation.ie in the Use of plain English on a website category.

The independent judges were very impressed with how Inclusion Ireland used visuals in its document to explain a difficult subject and meet the information needs of survivors of sexual abuse. They were also impressed with how The Cope Foundation communicated directly to the intended reader throughout its website in a language that was easy to read and understand.

Commenting on the sponsorship, our Managing Partner Declan Black, said: “We hope that our support of this award contributes to the promotion of plain language in everyday communications. One of our key objectives at Mason Hayes & Curran is to ensure that our legal advice is clear and accurate and we understand that this is not easy, particularly when complex issues are being explained, so we congratulate the winners on a job well done.”

Speaking about the awards, Inez Bailey, Director, National Adult Literacy Agency said: “We developed these awards as we want to create a public preference for organisations that choose to communicate in plain English. We were delighted to get so many entries from organisations around the country as everyone benefits from clear information, written in plain English. We would like to congratulate Inclusion Ireland and The Cope Foundation. They have won this award for thinking of the people who use their service and putting them first.”

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