Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring has extended congratulations to Ballyhaunis native Craig Hughes who was announced this week as the winner of the Vincent Doyle Award for Investigative Journalism.
Craig Hughes was presented with his award at the University of Limerick for an investigation into how coroners are recording suicide verdicts throughout the country, having uncovered evidence that suicide verdicts are being under-recorded because of a reluctance of some coroners to return such verdicts.
“I would like to congratulate Craig Hughes on winning this prestigious award and for choosing such an important and challenging topic,” said Minister Ring. “As a rural politician, I am all too familiar with the effect of suicide in our society and its impact on communities. Craig took an unflinching look at how suicide verdicts have been reported in various parts of the country.
“I am always proud to see a local Mayo man doing well, and I would like to wish Craig the very best in what promises to be a successful career,” he added.
An Taoiseach Enda Kenny also sent his congratulations to Mr Hughes stating: “This is a really wonderful achievement and I anticipate that it will mark the beginning of a very successful career.”