Northern Ireland

Irish Film and Television Academy Award for Iris Robinson Spotlight

Iris and Peter Robinson
Image caption Spotlight won the award for its investigation of Iris Robinson

BBC Northern Ireland's Spotlight investigation of Iris Robinson has picked up an award at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards (IFTA) which took place at the Convention Centre in Dublin on Saturday.

Spotlight's Darragh McIntyre won in the Current Affairs category for Spotlight: The Iris Robinson Investigation which was first broadcast in January 2010.

With its revelations about the First Minister's wife, the programme attracted worldwide coverage. It has already been awarded three CIPR awards for Scoop of the year, Current Affairs Programme of the Year and News & Current Affairs Broadcaster of the Year for reporter Darragh MacIntyre.

BBC Northern Ireland director Peter Johnston congratulated the team behind the programme on their success.

"It's a fantastic achievement for the team and for BBC Northern Ireland considering the standards being set and the calibre of nominees," he said.

"This success at the IFTA Awards is testament to the standard of journalism across our Current Affairs department and reflects the dedication of the team to produce quality output we can be proud of."