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is a senior Irish
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journalist on RTÉ One
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's Prime Time
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In 1983, O'Brien won a Jacob's Award for his reporting on the RTÉ current affairs programme, Today Tonight
Today Tonight is an Irish news and current affairs programme noted for its in-depth analysis, robust cross-examination of senior politicians and investigative reporting. The programme was brodacast on RTÉ One for the first time on Monday 6 October 1982....
In 2008, O'Brien won the Irish Children's Book of the Year Award
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for The Story of Ireland
. He has also written about the history of the IRA
The Irish Republican Army was an Irish republican revolutionary military organisation. It was descended from the Irish Volunteers, an organisation established on 25 November 1913 that staged the Easter Rising in April 1916...