RTÉ has won four of the Law Society's Justice Media Awards and two merit certificates at the 21st annual award ceremony.

The awards focus on published works or broadcasts that have helped to inform and educate Irish citizens on the role of law in society.

The overall winner was Kitty Holland of The Irish Times for her series: The Savita Halappanavar story.

The judges said that this series had everything, from the initial tip-off, to the follow-up and the eventual publication of what turned out to be an explosive story.

RTÉ's Vivienne Traynor was the winner of the Justice Media Award in the 'Court Reporting for Broadcast Media' category for her television news report: 'Marie Fleming's assisted suicide case'.

Richard Dowling won an award for his radio report: Missing Chapter, Missing Answers, a report focused on the collusion between British security forces and loyalists in the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.

The winner of the Justice Media Award in the Television News category was RTÉ's Primetime for its Praveen Halappanavar interview.

Merit Certificates

In the National Radio category the RTÉ Radio 1 series The Law Makers won a merit certificate.

The Law Makers was a series of interviews with six eminent members of the legal profession.

In the category of Television Features and Documentaries, the Prime Time programme Section 29 warrants-illegal entry won a merit certificate.

This programme asked what happens when a major piece of legislation - long trusted and widely used - fails.

RTÉ's Nationwide programme The Law won a merit certificate for fostering a greater understanding of the workings of the courts among viewers.

RTÉ multimedia journalist Louise Byrne won a merit award in her previous role at 98FM for her radio reports The Patriarch Prisoner.

These reports related to the High Court contempt proceedings of Seán Quinn Snr, who was imprisoned following eight months of court hearings.