Ms Nolan’s award - for her four-part series on the state of our prison system - is the newspaper’s fourth national award in a month.
Examiner business correspondent Conor Keane was declared the ESB Business News Journalist of the Year on November 2 and Young Journalist of the Year went to Michael Brennan.
Two weeks ago chief business correspondent Brian O’Mahony and agriculture correspondent Ray Ryan shared the Guild of Irish Agricultural Journalists supreme award over all media categories.
“Once again I’m delighted for one of our journalists, which underlines yet again the quality of journalism in the Irish Examiner,” said editor Tim Vaughan.
“Four major journalism awards in four weeks is testament to the quality of our products. We’re delighted for everyone in the editorial team.”
Explaining why the judges unanimously chose Niamh Nolan’s series as winner in the daily newspapers category, Law Society director general Ken Murphy said: “It was meticulously researched, comprehensive and balanced. The case studies made it a compellingly human story. The result was an engrossing series of reports that graphically brought the social and legal problems into sharp and sustained focus.”
Waterford-based Niamh, 27, joined the Irish Examiner 16 months ago, having previously covered the criminal courts in Dublin with Ireland International news agency.
“I’m really thrilled to receive the award,” she said. “My entry was a four-part series on the prison system - an insight into the cycle of Irish life from juvenile crime through to prison and post-prison life. It was fascinating to meet the people behind bars and tell a bit of their story.”
Overall media award winner was RTÉ Prime Time’s Bad Medicine investigation by Mike Milotte and Mary Raftery into the scandal of medical negligence.
: John Burns, Sunday Times (The implications of the Judge Brian Curtin case).
Kieron Wood, Sunday Business Post - a certificate of merit for an article on the new commercial court.
: Anne O’Carroll, Consumer Choice (articles on the Ombudsman and the Irish family).
: Cork Campus Radio (six-part series where Cork prison staff and inmates told their stories).
: Mike Milotte and Angela Daly (RTÉ Prime Time investigation, The Planning Game, into breaches of planning legislation by developers).