Burton wins 'Woman of Year' gong

Tánaiste Joan Burton was named 'Woman of the Year 2014' at a ceremony in Dublin last night, with Philomena Lee and Panti also honoured.

Burton wins 'Woman of Year' gong

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.

Panti

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

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