Irish Post journalist wins silver PPI Radio Award for garda whistleblower documentary

Irish Post journalist wins silver PPI Radio Award for garda whistleblower documentary

IRISH POST journalist and documentary maker Robert Mulhern has scooped a silver gong at the annual PPI Irish Radio awards, which were held in Kilkenny over the weekend.

His production The Garda Who Limped, created with RTÉ journalist Ronan Kelly, took second place in the Documentary category on Friday, October 3, where the winners were revealed at a glitzy ceremony held at the Lyrath House Estate Hotel.

Telling the story of garda whistleblower John Wilson, the production for RTÉ Radio 1 was the first magazine style analysis of the penalty points scandal which eventually led to the resignations of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and then Minister for Justice Alan Shatter.

RTÉ Radio 1 also scooped the gold award in the Documentary category on the night for Call of the Dark by Michael Harding, who brought listeners into the depths of winter in his native Leitrim for the special programme - where he reflected on the music and sounds of the darkness.

And the wins continued throughout the evening for the national broadcaster, with former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne taking the Best Newcomer award for his show on 2fm.

At the close of the event RTÉ Radio 1 had bagged the most awards of the evening, with 10 in total, followed by Newstalk and BBC Radio Ulster with four each.

Three were awarded to 98FM, while Today FM took two and ten other stations received one gong each.

The annual PPI Irish Radio awards have been staged for the past 14 years, celebrating excellence in radio programming, for radio personalities and for production across all areas of radio, including music, news, sport, speech, entertainment and comedy.

A total of 81 judges spent seven weeks reviewing shortlisted entries before deciding their winners.