News Ireland scoops six gongs including ‘Political Story of the year’ and ‘Showbiz Story of the year’ at Newsbrands Ireland Journalism Awards 2018

News Ireland, publisher of The Times, Ireland Edition, The Sunday Times and The Irish Sun, has won six awards at the Newsbrands Ireland Journalism Awards 2018.

Journalists from the three titles had been nominated in a wide range of categories, spanning news, business, political and crime reporting, as well as digital and investigative journalism.

High-profile winners on the day included:

1          Crime Journalist of the year:

  • Stephen Breen, The Irish Sun

2          Features (Popular):

  • Aoife Finneran, The Irish Sun

3          Critic of the year:

  • Richard Pine, The Sunday Times

4          News Reporter of the year:

  • Mark Tighe, The Sunday Times

5          Political Story of the year:

  • Ellen Coyne, The Times, Ireland Edition

6          Showbiz Story of the year:

  • Jennifer O’Brien and Catherine Sanz, The Times, Ireland Edition


Ellen Coyne, Senior Reporter with the Times, Ireland Edition was nominated for both the Political Journalist and Young Journalist of the Year Awards, while her work with Aaron Rogan on policy changes introduced by Google and other companies during the referendum on the Eighth Amendment was also recognised in the Investigative Journalism category.

A host of journalists from The Irish Sun also received nominations, including Ken Sweeney for both Showbiz Journalist and Story of the Year, Neil O’Riordan for Popular Sports Writer and both Aoife Bannon and Rebecca Barker in the Popular Columnist category.

The Irish Sun’s ‘Show Some Heart’ campaign, promoting the installation of more automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in schools, was also nominated for a Campaigning Journalism award.

The Sunday Times also had two nominees in Larissa Nolan and Justine McCarthy in the Broadsheet Columnist of the Year category, as well as dominating the Critic of the Year category with four nominees in Fiona Charleton, Liam Fay, Cristin Leach and Richard Pine.

The Newsbrands Ireland Journalism Awards are sponsored by the National Lottery.

Richard Bogie, Managing Director of News Ireland, said: “Irish journalism is in particularly rude health at the moment, so we’re all the more delighted to have achieved such success. I’d like to congratulate all our journalists who were awarded and nominated, and their recognition on the national stage is a testament to the high-quality journalism on offer from all three titles.”