The winners were:
Document: Have your say – how we develop the electricity grid, and how you can influence our plans
Category: Energy category and Overall winner
Organisation: Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions
Document: Going to court as a witness
Category: Information for the public
Organisation: Down Syndrome Ireland
Document: Employment letter and survey
Category: Health-Patient tools and resources
Organisation: Irish Lung Fibrosis Association
Document: National Patient Charter
Category: Patient information leaflets
Document: Guide to the PAYE tax system
Organisation: Bord Gáis
Document: Tone of Voice Resource
Category: Internal Resources
Organisation: The Heartbeat Trust
Document: Poster about the main symptoms of heart failure
Category: Health Posters and Bookmarks
The aim of the Plain English Awards is to reward organisations that communicate clearly in plain English. Organisations entered the competition by submitting documents that they thought were outstanding examples of plain English and an independent panel of plain English experts judged the entries.
The independent judges were very impressed with how all the winners communicated directly to the intended reader through language that was easy to read and understand.
The Plain English Awards are organised by the National Adult Literacy Agency and sponsored by leading law firm Mason Hayes & Curran. The Awards were presented at a gala dinner in the Law Society of Ireland, Dublin.