Sunday 18 February 2018

Reporter quit rather than work in archive unit

NIAMH HORAN

RTE JOURNALIST Aoife Kavanagh chose to resign from her highly paid job as a Morning Ireland presenter rather than languish in the archive unit, an RTE source said. Her resignation, announced by the NUJ, took management by surprise.

High-level discussions will take place early next week on her severance terms.

The reporter has worked in RTE for the last 15 years in News and Current Affairs.

Sources close to Ms Kavanagh said that there was "no question" of her taking a legal case against the state broadcaster. Other RTE personnel involved in the programme have either stepped down or moved sideways.

These include former Managing Director of News and Current Affairs Ed Mulhall, who took early retirement late last year.

In a statement, Ms Kavanagh said: "I have resigned my position as reporter/presenter with RTE.

"While acknowledging that mistakes were made, I believe that I acted ... in good faith throughout the making of the programme."

Ms Kavanagh, from Enniscorthy in Co Wexford, is the partner of Prime Time presenter Richard Crowley.

A Mission to Prey was her first Prime Time Investigates programme.

Sunday Independent

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