Deputy Smyth said, “I want to congratulate Anna Burns on being the first ever Northern Irish author to win the Man Booker prize. This is a huge achievement, and sees her following in the footsteps of other exceptional Irish writers such as Anne Enright, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Iris Murdoch and JG Farrell.
“Milkman is a fascinating read, portraying The Troubles in a way which has rarely been told before. I want to pay tribute to her extraordinary writing skill.
“This win is a huge recognition of her talent and I want to extend my congratulations to her on this wonderful work of fiction