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Sunday 20 October 2019

‘Mission to Prey’ journalist returns to the RTE airwaves

Aoife Kavanagh. Photo: Collins Courts
Aoife Kavanagh. Photo: Collins Courts

THE journalist who presented the infamous RTE Mission to Prey’ which seriously defamed a parish priest has returned to airwaves with the State broadcaster.

Aoife Kavanagh resigned from RTE after Prime Time Investigates’ falsely accused Galway priest, Fr Kevin Reynolds, of raping and abandoning a child he fathered.

The allegations were made in May 2011 and Fr Reynolds denied all allegations but agreed to step down from his ministry in Ahascragh, Co Galway, while the claims were investigated. He undertook the paternity test, which came back negative.

SETTLEMENT

Fr Reynolds - who worked in Kenya for 33 years - went to the High Court and accepted an out-of-court settlement from RTE for an undisclosed sum believed to be in the region of €1m.

In recent weeks, Ms Kavanagh was commissioned to make a documentary - Eight Days in November - which was broadcast on RTE radio 1 on April 26, which she narrated and produced.

Ms Kavanagh was not rehired by RTE but was commissioned as an independent contractor as she worked for an independent company.

According to the RTE website, as well as producing TV and radio documentaries Ms Kavanagh is completing a Masters in International Relations at UCD.

Her production told the story of eight people who went into the Slaney River in Wexford over a week in 2002. Five drowned and three were saved.

bduggan@herald.ie

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