The RTÉ Investigates programme 'Inside Ireland's Covid Battle: Life and Death' has won the News and Current Affairs award at the inaugural RTS Ireland Television Awards 2021.

For the programme, RTÉ Investigates spent 30 days at Dublin's St James's Hospital. It showed how doctors and nurses were fighting to keep people alive - revealing the courage of healthcare staff, as well as patients and their families. 

Other winners included 'Normal People', which won the TV drama award; 'Abbeyfealegood'; 'The Funeral Director' and David Brophy's 'Unsung Heroes', which all won factual awards. 'New Gaels' won the award in the sport category, while broadcaster Dara Ó Briain won the outstanding contribution award.

In all, shows broadcast on RTÉ won nine awards with 'The Voyage', by Jam Media winning the best animation and 'Tina Times Two' winning the children's award while 'Dancing With the Stars' took home the entertainment award. 

The RTS programme awards aim to showcase the talent across the Irish television industry, and was broadcast on Virgin Media One. 

Committee chair Niall Cogley paid special tribute to the resilience and talent of all those who work in the industry, during what he termed "an extraordinary difficult year".