Documentary on Polish male’s case wins Law Society media award

The Irish Times has been identified for three pieces of journalism covering the Irish legal system at the 25th yearly Law Society Justice Media Awards.

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Benefit certifications existed to Arthur Beesley for his article Legal reform in action; Alison O Riordan for her protection of the Mark Nash trial; and Conor Gallagher for his post Why forensic evidence may not be as specific as we like to believe it is.

The primary award in the day-to-day paper classification went to Fiachra Cionnaith and Daniel McConnell of the Irish Examiner for their work on Saving Grace the story of Service User 42, an evaluation of abuse at a children’s respite home.

Developed in 1992, the awards focus on the role of the media in making the legal system available and easy to understand to the general public.

The overall award was won by Frank Shouldice and Liam O Brien of RTE Radio for their documentary The Case That Never Was, looking at Polish male Bogdan Chain and his complex legal case versus an Irish recruitment company, which progressed to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. It likewise took the national radio award.

Speaking before the occasion, the Law Society’s director basic, Ken Murphy, stated the awards were eventually to enhance the general public’s understanding of the legal process. The law presumes that everybody understands the law however it’s only from the media that anyone can get any insight into the guideline of law and how it underpins society.

In other classifications, Dearbhail McDonald won the Sunday Newspaper award for a post on medical neglect in the Sunday Independent and Ann Murphy from the Evening Echo in Cork took the local award for a report on drug-user criminalisation.

Mark Tighe of the Sunday Times was given the court reporting print award for his post on the Ian Bailey trial, concentrating on evidence not provided to the jury.

a1The broadcast court reporting award was won by Vivienne Traynor of RTE News for her protection of a senior woman prosecuted for having an unlawful dish antenna and Christina Finn of the Journal took the digital court reporting award for her short article My child is my life, focusing on some mother’s efforts to have her child returned from care.

Ray Kennedy of RTE won the TV news classification with his series The battle for Gorse Hill – 5 days in March. Television features and documentaries was won by Conor Ryan and John Cunningham of RTE Investigates for Standards in Public Office.

Regional radio was won by Jerry O Sullivan and Miriam McGillycuddy for their program The legal rundown on Kerry Today; in digital/online news, Ellen Coyne of the Times – Ireland Edition won for The criminalization of the purchase of sex; and in digital/online functions, Will Goodbody of RTE won for his analysis of the Safe Harbor case.