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Ireland

 

 

Sam Smyth

 

 

 

As a reporter and columnist for the “Irish Independent” and “Sunday Tribune” newspapers, Sam Smyth is the only Irish journalist to win the Journalist of the Year award twice; once for his investigation into business scandals and the second time for his exposure of a political scandal that led to the resignation of a government minister and the eventual fall of the “Rainbow Coalition” government.  He was also voted the “Journalists’ Journalist” in a poll of over 250 Irish newspaper reporters.

 

In his book “Thanks a Million Big Fella”, Mr. Smyth wrote about the story he uncovered regarding multimillionaire Ben Dunne, head of Ireland’s richest family, who financed an extension to the home of a minister in the governing Fine Gael party.  Thirty-six hours after the story broke, the minister resigned.  A subsequent government investigation into the affair discovered that Dunne had also given 1.3 million pounds to former Prime Minister Haughey over the years.  In 2010, Mr. Smyth exposed cabinet minister Michael Lowry as corrupt, and was accused by Mr. Lowry of defamation.  Mr. Smyth was successful in his defense, and in 2012 Mr. Lowry lost an appeal to the Irish High Court.

 

Mr. Smyth has stated that he is interested in how figures in authority use and abuse their patronage and power.  He believes that a reporter’s trustworthiness and reputation for integrity is his or her greatest asset.

 

 

 





2 Responses to “THE WORLD’S TOP INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS – 16 WHO MATTER! Ireland – Sam Smyth”

  1. Richard Smyth | 09.17.15 at 4:37 AM said…

    Do you have Sam Smyth’s e-mail address. I think we are distant relatives. I was born in Belfast too and moved to New Zealand in 1970. We are both distant relatives of John Ballance, PM of New Zealand in 1890-93.I would like to get in touch.
    Thanks

 

 


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