Saturday 24 February 2018

Eilis O'Hanlon: Why elephant in Terry and Tom's kitchen cannot be ignored

The revelation that the RTE chairman's wife helped Fr Reynolds merits discussion, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

FR Kevin Reynolds can be forgiven for wondering if his life could possibly get any more strange. First he was accused by RTE, out of the blue and without a single shred of evidence, of having raped a teenage girl in Africa whilst a missionary, resulting in the birth of a child for whose upbringing he later paid secretly for years.

Then he was forced to pursue a long and bruising legal battle to get the national broadcaster to admit that it was in the wrong, despite the priest offering to undergo a paternity test which would have cleared up the matter at the start. Finally it turned out that the woman whose aid he called upon to draft a response to the original allegation on Prime Time Investigates was not only married to the chairman of the board that oversees RTE's integrity, but that the man in question also happened to be co-owner (with aforementioned wife) of the PR company that Fr Reynolds had approached.

The only way things could get more surreal at this stage is if it turned out that the real father of the child was Bosco.

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