The Limerick Leader journalist and life-long trade union activist Norma Prendiville has been honoured with a Mayoral reception to mark mark what was described as her tireless commitment to local journalism over the past 30 years.

The Mayor of Limerick Cllr Michael Sheahan made the presentation to Ms Prendiville at City Hall in Limerick tonight in the presence of her Limerick Leader colleagues, friends and colleagues from the National Union of Journalists, and City and county councillors and Dáil representatives from Limerick.

Ms Prendiville, a native of Co Kerry, has been working as a journalist for the Limerick Leader based in Newcastlewest for the past 30 years.

She has also been an active member of the NUJ at both local and national level for that time, and has served a number of terms on the union's National Executive Council.

She was described by Seamus Dooley of the NUJ as having a great sense of social solidarity in her work and in her trade union activism.

She has also been active on human rights issues and lead a vigil of remembrance earlier this year for the journalist Lyra McKee who was shot in Derry earlier this year.

She also lead a campaign and vigil with colleagues and the public in Limerick calling for the release of the BBC journalist Alan Johnston who was kidnapped in the Gaza strip in 2007.

Mr Johnston later told an NUJ conference in Belfast that he heard of the LImerick vigil on BBC World Service radio while in captivity and it gave him enormous hope.

Ms Prendiville was also praised for her work on behalf of the arts in west Limerick and is an active member of the Éigse Michael Hartnett festival in Newcastlewest which celebrates the writing of the West Limerick poet.

Ms Prendiville said she was deeply proud and humbled to have the Mayoral honour bestowed on her.