Joan Burton and Joanne O'Riordan
Tánaiste Joan Burton was named 'Woman of the Year 2014' at a ceremony in Dublin last night, with Philomena Lee and Panti also honoured.
The Labour Party leader picked up the top trophy at the Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards in recognition of her political achievements.
The ceremony, hosted by businesswoman and Irish Tatler publisher Norah Casey, was held at the Four Seasons in Dublin and saw 15 awards handed out to "some of Ireland’s most renowned leading business, media and entertainment women".
Philomena Lee - whose life story was made into a film starring Judi Dench - was recognised with the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Special Achievement Award, "for her bravery during her 50-year long search for her forcefully adopted son.
Philomena Lee is shocked to be named as winner
Panti received the Irish Tatler Woman of the Year Special Contribution Award for the passionate speech she gave in the Abbey Theatre in February of this year in response to controversial comments made on RTÉ.
Also honoured was Cork student Joanne O’Riordan, who received a Special Recognition award for her exceptional role as an advocate for the rights of the disabled.
“Now into its 14th year, these awards continue to excel in celebrating women who reach the heights of inspiration," said Casey.
"Last year was all about marking ‘firsts’, and today our 2014 winners continue to lead in exceeding the boundaries of expectation, both in their careers and in society."
Irish Tatler Women of the Year Awards winners:
Business - Caroline Keeling
Entrepreneur - Leonora O'Brien
Sport - Briege Corkery
Media - Ann O'Dea
Film & Drama - Deirdre O'Kane
Arts & Literature Siobhán Parkinson
Fashion - Helen Steele
Public Life - Emily Logan
Music Faye O'Rourke
Entertainment Maia Dunphy
Hall of Fame - Myrtle Allen
Special Recognition - Joanne O'Riordan
Special Achievement - Philomena Lee
Special Contribution - Miss Panti
Overall Winner - Joan Burton
Pictures: Paul Sherwood