Slugger Awards 2008: The final shortlist

The judges for the Slugger Awards were corralled into their ‘chambers’ at Stratagem yesterday and not allowed out again until they’d come to decisions in all eleven categories. The whole process took almost four hours and several rounds of tea, coffee and cake. After much deliberation (and in several categories, there was much deliberation), they did finally come to their own conclusions. In the finest Slugger tradition (and deliberately corrupting that famous Fox News strapline), I believe the decisions were “fair, but not necessaily’balanced”. Those on the final shortlist have made it entirely on their own merits. Full details below the fold: Representatives external to Northern Ireland (ie, House of Commons, European Parliament, House of Lords, Seanad Eireann) :

Peter Robinson, Leader of DUP group, House of Commons
Baroness May Blood, Labour Peer, House of of Lords
Jim Allister, TUV, European Parliament


Ken Reid, UTV
Frank Millar, Irish Times
David Gordon, Belfast Telegraph

Local Council:

Down District Council
Belfast City Council
Fermanagh District Council

Local Newspapers:

North Belfast News
Newry Democrat
Impartial Reporter


John O’Dowd, Sinn Fein
Margaret Ritchie, SDLP
Naomi Long, Alliance

Committee Chairs:

Mitchel McLaughlin, Sinn Féin
Danny Kennedy, UUP
Barry McElduff, Sinn Féin

Up and coming:

Simon Hamilton, DUP
Daithi McKay, Sinn Féin
Basil McCrea, UUP

Political blogger:

3000 Versts of Loneliness
Burke’s Corner

Participation and Involvement:

WIMPS – NB This was the unanimous choice of the panel. But in consideration of the few nominations received, Wimps have declined to accept the Award. So we consider this category to have ‘gone on a rollover’ for next year’s Awards. More about this later!


Domhnall Ó Cobhthaigh, Sinn Féin
Colin McGrath, SDLP
Deirdre Nelson, DUP


Mick Fealty
Neighbourhood Renewal
Assembly Commission