President Higgins congratulates Fintan O'Toole on winning the 2024 Robert B. Silvers prize for journalism

"No one in Ireland will be surprised at the recognition which has been given across the Atlantic of the work of Fintan O'Toole, through his award of the 2024 Robert B. Silvers prize for journalism.

As the judges have identified, Fintan's political commentary and cultural and historical scholarship have been of the highest quality over a number of decades.

While the Silvers-Dudley prizes have only been awarded for three years to date, they have already established themselves as respected prizes for outstanding achievement in the areas of Journalism, Arts Writing and Literary Criticism.

May I send my congratulations to Fintan O'Toole on this thoroughly deserved recognition."

Fintan O’Toole is a columnist with The Irish Times and advising editor of The New York Review of Books. He has previously been awarded both the Orwell Prize and the European Press Prize. “Fintan O’Toole’s writing is characterized by incisive political commentary and wry, sometimes acerbic humor,” our judges wrote. “It is backed by serious cultural and historical scholarship and a profound understanding of human foibles and frailties.” His most recent book is We Don’t Know Ourselves: A Personal History of Modern Ireland. He is currently working on the official biography of Seamus Heaney.