The awards will be judged by a panel chaired by Prof. John Horgan.

professor john horgan John is Emeritus Professor of Journalism at Dublin City University. His career has included employment at a senior level in Irish national journalism, as a free-lance contributor to a wide range of publications and to radio and television, and as an academic in Dublin City University. His most recent appointment was as Press Ombudsman for Ireland.


Judging Panel

Rebecca Barker Associate Night Editor, The Irish Sun

rebeccaRebecca has been working in the national press for 17 years and spent ten years at Independent News and Media (The Herald/Irish Independent/Sunday World), starting out as a reporter and later working as a Backbench Editor. In 2009, she joined News International (News Ireland) as the Irish Sun’s Associate Night Editor. Rebecca also writes the Irish Sun’s Saturday opinion column and a Tuesday beauty column based on her award-winning blog, TheBeautyInbox.com.

Conor BradyWeekly Columnist, The Sunday Times

conor-bradyConor was editor of The Irish Times from 1986 to 2002. He was previously editor of The Sunday Tribune. He was president of the World Editors Forum (Paris) from 1996 to 2001 and Chair of the Advisory Council at the European Journalism Centre (Maastricht) 1996-2002.


Eddie Coffey Group Deputy Editor, The Mail newspapers

Eddie-CoffeyPrior to joining the Mail, Eddie was Editor of The Nationalist in Carlow. He is a former Regional Journalist of the Year, and was Deputy Editor, The Longford Leader, having also worked at The Roscommon Champion.


Neil CotterHead of News, The Irish Sun and Irish Sun on Sunday

neil-cotterNeil joined as a reporter in 2006 from the Irish Mirror and began working on the News Desk in 2008. Neil has been in his current role since 2013 and also writes a column for the newspaper.



Michael Denieffe is the former Group Managing Editor of Independent Newspapers. 

michael-denieffeA native of Kildare, he was previously IT Director and Pre-Press Manager with the company. He is also a former Editor of the Evening Herald and also held a number of senior editorial positions within the company including Group News Editor, Night Editor of the Irish Independent and Assistant Editor of the Sunday Independent. Michael began his journalistic career with the Leinster Leader in Naas before joining the Evening Herald as a reporter in 1971. He was educated at St. Joseph’s Academy in Kildare, and is married with four children.

Cathal Dervan Sports Editor, The Irish Sun

cathal-dervinCathal started his working life as a Trainee reporter with the Meath Chronicle and previously worked as Sports Editor with the Sunday World and Ireland on Sunday.  He was a Founding Editor of The Title. Cathal has also served as Chief Sports Writer with the Irish Sunday Star, as Chief Soccer Writer with the Daily Star in London and Dublin and as Managing Editor of Sports.Com

John Donlon former News Editor, Sunday World 

john-donlonJohn is one of Ireland’s most experienced journalists.  A former ‘Longford Man of the Year’ he began his career in the Longford News before becoming Political Editor of the Irish Daily Star.  He went on to become the News Editor of the Irish Daily Star and later News Editor of the Sunday World.  He is currently working on the News Desk at Irish Daily Mirror

Eithne DonnellanDeputy News Editor, The Irish Times

Eithne-DonnellanEithne has worked in journalism for over 20 years. She joined The Irish Times as a reporter in 1999, was appointed Health Correspondent in 2003 and Assistant News Editor in 2011.  She became Deputy News Editor in 2012. Eithne is a graduate of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin, and NUI Galway.

Patrick Donohoe News Editor, Irish Farmers Journal

Patrick-DonohoePatrick joined the Irish Farmers Journal in May 2013. He previously worked in the public relations sector for over six years where he won national awards. Patrick worked as a contributor with the Irish Examiner farming supplement covering a broad range of agricultural issues. A committee member of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists of Ireland, Patrick runs a beef farm in Co Longford.

Alana Fearon Editor, Dublinlive.ie (a breaking news website)

Alana-FearonPreviously, Alana was a news reporter with the Irish Daily Mirror with a particular focus on breaking exclusives and special investigations.  She was nominated for NNI Showbiz Reporter of the Year 2012.


Kevan Furbank Deputy Editor, Irish Mirror

Kevan-FurbankKevin joined the the Irish Mirror in 2000 and was previously Late Night Editor for the Daily Mirror in London.



Roisin Ingle Daily Features Editor, The Irish Times

Roisin-IngleRoisin is the presenter of ‘Roisin Meets’ and producer of ‘The Women’s Podcast’ both podcasts on irishtimes.com.  Her books, ‘Pieces of Me’ and ‘Public Displays of Emotion’, are collections of her popular weekly Irish Times column.


Emmanuel Kehoe Television Critic, The Sunday Business Post

Emmanuel-KehoeEmmanuel has been the Deputy Editor of The Sunday Press and columnist with that newspaper and before that Features Editor and Arts Editor. Prior to that he was Sub-Editor and Film Critic with the Evening Press, Theatre Critic with the Sunday Press and member of the judging panel of the Harveys of Bristol Theatre Awards. He has worked as a freelance sub-editor with the Irish Times Features Department, and lectured in journalism at Griffith College and the MA journalism course in DCU. Emmanuel has an MA in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester.

Ian Kehoe Editor, The Sunday Business Post

ian-kehoeAn award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster, Ian is a former presenter and reporter with RTE’s Prime Time programme. He has twice been named as the Ireland’s Business and Economics Journalist of the Year. He has made a number of major documentaries for the state broadcaster RTE, including Namaland and Who’s Buying Ireland. Ian is the co-author of Citizen Quinn, a bestselling book about the financial collapse of Sean Quinn.

Andrew Kealy Deputy Editor, Irish Daily Mail

Andrew-KealyAndrew joined the Irish Daily Mail in October 2015. Prior to this he worked for Independent News & Media for 14 years, latterly as Assistant Editor on the Irish Independent. As well as working directly on the newspapers, during his time at INM, Andrew worked on a number of key projects to facilitate the introduction of new technology and to allow pooled production resources be deployed across multiple titles. Originally from Co. Kildare, Andrew now lives in Dublin.

Jane LastHead of News, INM

Jane-LastJane is from North Dublin and is a DCU journalists graduate. She worked as a reporter with the Evening Herald and was made Assistant News Editor and Picture Editor in 2007. She moved to independent.ie in 2012 where she was Deputy Editor and in October 2015 was appointed Head of News.

Mairead Lavery Editor, Irish Country and Managing Editor, Irish Country Magazine

Mairead-LaveryMairead organises the annual Women and Agriculture conference and the bi-annual Women and Agriculture Awards. She is a former winner of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists ‘National Journalist of the Year Award’ and won the National Print category on two occasions. She also won the ‘John Healy Award for Regional Journalism’ and was voted ‘Consumer Magazine Editor of the Year’ 2013. Mairead contributes weekly to Newstalk’s Sean Moncrieff Show and is a regular panellist on The Breakfast Show on Newstalk, RTE’s Today Show and TV3’s Midday and Ireland AM shows.

Tony Leen Sports Editor, Irish Examiner 

Tony-LeenTony started his career in journalism with The Kingdom newspaper in Killarney, and worked as a correspondent in New York for the Irish Independent and Sunday Tribune. He joined the Examiner in 1989 as Political Journalist and Health Correspondent. Tony has held the position of Sports Editor of the Irish Examiner for the past 20 years, and Deputy Editor for the last six.

Neil Leslie Managing Editor, Sunday World

neilleslieNeil began his journalism career as a News Reporter with the Westmeath and Offaly Independent in 1995. He worked as Assistant Editor of the Irish Daily Star, and as the News Editor of the Irish Daily Mirror. He joined the Sunday World in 2001 as Assistant Editor and was also Editor of the Sunday World Magazine for two years.  In 2005, he was appointed Managing Editor, The Sunday World. He studied journalism at the College of Commerce in Rathmines, Dublin and has a BA in Journalism from DIT Aungier Street.  A native of Dublin, Neil is married with three children.

Linda Maher Assistant Editor, Features and Editor of YOU magazine, Irish Daily Mail

Linda-MaherLinda graduated from DCU with a BA in Journalism in 2001 and spent nine years in the Production Department at The Sunday Business Post and seven months at the Irish Daily Star before taking up a role on the Irish Daily Mail Features Desk in March 2011.


Heidee Martin Assistant Editor, Irish Daily Mail

Heidee-MartinPrior to joining DMG Media as Night Editor and later Deputy Editor, Heidee was Assistant Editor at the Irish Daily Star, where she worked for ten years. She is currently studying Visual Culture in the National College of Art & Design.


Niall MoonanNews Editor, Irish Daily Mirror

Niall-MoonanNiall oversees breaking news stories and, alongside colleagues, maps out a fast-moving daily edition.



Claire Murphy Deputy News Editor, The Herald

Claire-MurphyClaire is a graduate of DCU with a Masters in Journalism, She joined the Herald in 2008 as a news reporter covering general news, crime, politics and entertainment. A native of Rathfarnham, Claire was promoted to the News Desk in 2013 and was appointed Deputy News Editor later that year.


Michael McNiffe is Head of News at Irish Mirror

Michael-McNiffeand is the former Editor of The Irish Sun and The Sun in Northern Ireland.  Previously, he was a Director of MacMedia Consultants, Deputy Editor of The Irish Mirror and Assistant Editor of the Sunday World.  He reported for the Daily Star in London and worked for the then newly-formed Star in Dublin.

He was a reporter with The Limerick Post and The Sligo Champion. Michael was educated at Drumkeerin VS, Co Leitrim, Summerhill College, Sligo, and the College of Commerce, Rathmines, Dublin.  He is a native of Dromahair, Co Leitrim and a father-of-two.

Brendan O’ConnorDeputy Editor,  Sunday Independent and Editor Sunday Independent LIFE magazine

brendan-o-connorBrendan has been a writer with the paper for 20 years.




Donal O’Donovan Business Editor, Irish Independent

Donal-ODonovanDonal is one of the country’s most-experienced financial journalists. He was previously deputy Business Editor and a senior reporter with the paper. Before joining INM in 2010 he worked as a reporter and editor with Reuters IFR, covering the international banking and debt markets. He began his career as a reporter with Live 95fm in Limerick. Originally from Castleconnell, Co Limerick, he was educated at Ardscoil Ris, Limerick, and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from University College Cork. Donal is the current chairman of the Business Journalists Association, Ireland.

Fergus O’Shea, Deputy Head of News, The Irish Sun

Fergus-OSheaAfter leaving UCD, where he edited the college newspaper, Fergus spent two years covering Champions League football in Spain for Uefa.com.  Eager to write news, he returned to Dublin in 2005, completed a masters in journalism from DIT, and began working for the Irish Sun. After four years as a reporter, he moved on to the news desk. Fergus has been Deputy Head of News for the past six years.

John O’Mahony News Editor, Irish Examiner

John-OMahonyJohn has worked in media industry for more than 25 years.



Brenda PowerColumnist, The Sunday Times and Irish Daily Mail 

brenda-powerBrenda began her career with the Press group before moving to the Sunday Tribune. She has also worked in RTE as presenter of the documentary series ‘Would You Believe’, and presented ‘CrimeCall’ for two years. She has worked as a radio presenter in RTE Radio 1 and Newstalk, where she was nominated for two PPI broadcasting awards. She has won a number of journalism awards including an AT Cross award, an ESB award and, Magazine Journalist of the Year award for a series of interviews in Image. Brenda is also qualified as a barrister and has five children.

Sinead Ryan is a columnist with the Irish Independent and the Herald.

Sinead-RyanShe has worked as a print and broadcast journalist for 12 years. Prior to that, she worked in financial services for 15 years after qualifying as a Financial Adviser.  In 2009 she set up a not-for-profit organisation teaching teenagers about budgeting and personal finance and is widely in demand on radio and television as a consumer and personal finance commentator and would be considered an expert in the area.  She is a regular contributor to TV3’s Ireland AM and Tonight with Vincent Browne programmes; Today FM’s Matt Cooper show, Newstalk’s Breakfast, RTEs Claire Byrne Live, Drivetime, Primetime and Late Debate programmes.  Consumer Expert – ‘Today with Sean O Rourke’.

Paul SheridanHead of Content, Irish Daily Star

paul-sheridanPaul is a native of Dublin who joined the Star in 2003 as Deputy Picture Editor and became the Deputy News Editor in January 2012. Previously he worked as the Picture Editor, Ireland on Sunday and the Dublin Daily. He also worked briefly with Screen Producers Ireland organising the ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ documentary festival in 2003. Paul has a Diploma in Journalism and Radio Broadcasting from Colaiste Dhulaigh.

Danny Smyth Senior Deputy Editor, Irish Daily Star

danny-smithDanny joined The Star in 1991 as a reporter and has worked as a Sub Editor, Deputy Chief Sub and Features Editor abd in 1996 was appointed Senior Deputy Editor. Born in Co. Down, Danny has a First Class BA in Politics and Economic History from Queen’s University, Belfast and an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University.

Dr Jane Suiter – Director of the Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo), www.fujomedia.eu at Dublin City University.


She is a frequent contributor to broadcast and print media, and is a former journalist having worked as Economics Editor at The Irish Times and for other papers such as The Sunday Times and Sunday Independent.