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Joan Burton is Woman of the Year

Philomena Lee and Miss Panti also received awards from Irish Tatler last night.

Niall Carson Niall Carson

TÁNAISTE JOAN BURTON has been named the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year 2014.

The 14th annual awards were announced at a ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel yesterday.

Tatler said the Tánaiste has played a key role in Irish politics since 1992 as well as being the first woman in Ireland to become a qualified chartered accountant, the first female finance spokesperson of a major Irish political party and the first person to be elected to the 31st Dáil.

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Philomena Lee was given a Special Achievement Award by Irish Tatler for her bravery during her 50-year search for her son after a forced adoption. Lee’s incredible story inspired the recent movie Philomena which received an overwhelming reaction and her fight resulted in the launch of the Philomena Project.

A very glamorous Miss Panti also scooped up the Special Contribution Award for her passionate ‘Noble Call’ speech in the Abbey Theatre this year:

Other winners include:

  • Joanne O’Riordan, honoured for her role as an advocate for the rights of the disabled;
  • Caroline Keeling, CEO of Keeling’s Fruit, for expanding the family business and taking part in the Focus Ireland sleep rough night to raise funds for the homeless;
  • Camogie player and footballer Briege Corkery, for her skill, passion and dedication to sport.

Read: Give adopted people their records, says the real Philomena>

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