Aoife Kavanagh

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Aoife Kavanagh is a former reporter and presenter for Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) and was at the centre of the Mission to Prey scandal that rocked the Irish national radio and television broadcaster in 2011. She resigned from RTÉ following the publication of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) statement of findings and the full report on the programme. Previously, she was a presenter of RTÉ flagship radio programme Morning Ireland (RTÉ Radio 1) and a reporter with RTÉ television programme Prime Time Investigates (RTÉ One). She, herself, made national news headlines in 2011 however when she was at the centre of a controversy surrounding the defamation of Fr. Kevin Reynolds in a documentary entitled Mission To Prey. Kavanagh alleged that during his time as a missionary in Kenya, Reynolds had raped and impregnated a minor named Veneraanda, fathering a child called Sheila. Kavanagh also alleged that Reynolds had secretly provided financial support to Sheila over a number of years. Reynolds volunteered to have DNA testing undertaken to prove his innocence but this offer was refused by RTÉ. The defamation of Fr. Kevin Reynolds led to the suspension of the Prime Time programme, prompted an investigation and led to interventions by politicians as senior as the then Taoiseach, Enda Kenny. The entire team involved in the programme, including the Managing Editor of News and Current Affairs, temporarily stepped aside from involvement in on-air programming to co-operate with the investigation.
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