Suzanne Breen: named Northern Ireland feature journalist of the year

Sunday Tribune Northern Editor, Suzanne Breen, has been named Northern Ireland feature journalist of the year.

She won the award for her stories on the Real IRA and on Sinn Féin's cover-up of Liam Adams' involvement in the party.

The 12-strong judging panel praised her "dogged investigation" which exposed the party's lies about Gerry Adams's brother's role in Sinn Féin in Dundalk and Belfast. Liam Adams has been charged with raping his daughter Aine Tyrell.

Breen won two awards: the 2010 newspaper feature journalist of the year category and the overall feature journalist award, which encompasses both print and broadcast media.

She was presented with her trophy by BBC breakfast news presenter, Bill Turnbull, at a ceremony organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in Belfast's Europa Hotel on Friday.

The judging panel, made up of respected figures from the Irish and British media, was chaired by Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors. It is the sixth time Breen has won the award.