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Vincent Browne announces his Political Awards 2011

The Sunday Business Post won best newspaper – with Senator David Norris taking an award for “Political Survivor”.

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THE SUNDAY BUSINESS POST and Taoiseach Enda Kenny are among the winners of journalist Vincent Browne’s Political Awards 2011.

The veteran broadcaster will announce the awards, decided by an independent judging panel, on tonight’s TV3 show with the winners and a panel of guests from the media.

The Sunday Business Post, edited by Cliff Taylor, has been named Newspaper of the Year. Taoiseach Enda Kenny won Politician of the Year, with the panel commending his “strong, passionate, forceful” Vatican speech to the Dáil in July.

Senator David Norris was named Political Survivor of the Year. “His presidential campaign fell to pieces but he insisted on giving it another go,” panellist and Irish Daily Star political correspondent Catherine O’Halloran said.

The Journalist of the Year award went to Carl O’Brien of the Irish Times. Media lecturer and panel judge Harry Browne said: “Carl was selected for getting at the human stories behind the crisis without succumbing to mere ‘human interest’.”

The Sunday Business Post was commended for is “high quality economic coverage [...] as well as for its range of non-business material”. The panel also noted the paper’s “excellent columnists” – which include Vincent Browne.

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As well as Catherine Halloran, Browne will also be joined on tonight’s show by Irish Independent political editor Fionnan Sheahan and Sunday Times political correspondent Sarah McInerney.

The three journalists made up the judging panel along with Harry Browne, Newstalk presenter Ivan Yates, and Griffith College lecturer and journalist Angela Long.

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