Journalist, author and broadcaster Philip Boucher-Hayes started writing for local newspapers in 1987, joining RTÉ in 1993 as a continuity announcer. He began reporting on 5-7 Live and the Gerry Ryan Show before producing the Gay Byrne Show.

Iraq, 2003

In 1997 he left RTÉ for a midday presenting slot on Today FM precursor Radio Ireland, but rejoined the 5-7 Live reporting team on Radio 1 in 1998. His reporting has taken him to Iraq, Lebanon, Kosovo, Latin America, Israel, occupied Palestinian Territories, Iran, Tsunami hit South East Asia and New York for September 11th.

Beirut, 2006  

In 2003 he was RTÉ’s correspondent in Northern iraq during the American led invasion. In 2006 he was the first irish reporter to break the Israeli blockade of Lebanon and cover the duration of that war from Beirut and Tyre

Returning from the Middle East Philip was made Head of RTÉ Radio’s Investigative unit, winning the PPI News Broadcaster of the year award the following year.  The Investigative Unit made notable contributions to the tangled financial affairs of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern  exposed potentially fatal practices in the food industry,  revealed fraud in our financial institutions  and highlighted the dangerous state of the public water supply

Sampling water quality on Lough Corrib

His investigation into the death of 14 year old Brian Rossiter while in Garda custody  won him the Media Justice Award in 2005. In 2006 his “Peak Oil” series of features on Ireland’s looming energy crisis won critical acclaim and introduced the concept to mainstream debate.

Future Shock: The Last Drop

In 2007 Philip made a Future Shock documentary for RTÉ Television “The Last Drop” which kick started public debate about the public water supply. He then presented two series of the enormously popular consumer investigative series “Buyer Beware” and a documentary on “Head Shops”.

Democratic National Convention 2004

In 2009 Philip and his wife, Suzanne Campbell, wrote a book predicting that Food and Farming would be two sectors of the economy that would endure through the recession. “Basketcase: What’s Happening Ireland’s food”  won critical acclaim and was subsequently made into the well received TV documentary “What’s Ireland Eating?”

With wife and co-author of "Basket Case", Suzanne Campbell

Currently Philip is reporting and presenting on RTE Radio 1’s Drivetime and presenting Crimecall on RTE 1 with Grainne Seoige.

Crimecall with Grainne Seoige

Kildare born Philip lives in Wicklow with Suzanne and their two daughters.

11 responses to “About

  1. Anne

    Philip your report on Tesco left out the broader issue of multi’s in Ireland particularly the behavior of Uk multis and the part the Irish State plays in “granting” them substantial marketplace advantage. Particularly in relation to vat legislation – There is something seriously wrong in a national of 3.5 million where we continually return to the UK exchequer by way of these multis while Irish business closes its doors. With the up most respect I ask you – Why has no investigative journalist discussed in detail the risk assessment on the movement at government level to supply Ireland primarily through the Uk supply chain – why has no one detailed the ramifications on domestic exchequer returns of this policy? – the potential
    danger to the farming sector on domestic supply this policy long term risks?

    Why has no journalist persisted on “forcing” the disclosure on the concessions afforded these multi nationals at central and local government level – why these multi refuse to disclose their Irish profits or why the UK exchequer declined to disclose its revenue from UK multis in Ireland. Why has no one insisted ministers explain why multi growth verses small SME is the way forward for better competition – in my experience I am not seeing competition.

    Has anyone at all considered that the market is continually telling us that there is a dangerous imbalance – with refusal to disclose Irish profits, with the level Irish independent retail closures, supplier chains closing, etc while multis open, with falling domestic tax returns highly dependent on export trade. etc etc

    We have a competition authority that rants on about cartels – yet multis and governments are the biggest cartel of Europe – for small nations this is a extremely dangerous policy – in it we are handing over our domestic retail, supply and distribution chain to “out-side” fiscal commercial interests
    – tell me what business ( and government is a business) would follow such a policy – give its interests away – no responsible business entity would follow such a policy – So what does that say about us?

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  3. Peter I Connell

    Hi Phillip
    You compared the nutritional quality of farmed and wild salmon on last nights show. I got the impression that you seemed not to take account of the fact that the farmed fish are routinely dosed with pesticides and other chemical nasties. I hope you don’t mind me saying this, but as someone who is opposed to the rearing of salmon in sea cages I hate to see a suggestion that they might be ok to eat.
    What do you think?


    I wonder how much of these ingredients end up in Chinese Restaurants in Ireland – it is a scary thought.

  5. Jennifer

    Another great show tonight. Care to join me for lunch at Crumlin Children’s Hospital?

  6. Gemma

    Well done to Philip for contacting the advertisers in Country Squire Magazine in Britain after the magazine printed a highly offensive article about Ireland. The advertisers have now ceased their advertising in the magazine. We need more wonderful journalists like Philip Boucher-Hayes.

  7. Philip I always like your reports but did not realise the breadth and depth of your work until reading this website. You look younger than it suggests. Well done
    This week on Tuesday you reported on the EPA urban water update. I was intrigued yet again by Towns showing up. I know the Tralee plant as I was asked for an opinion by plant manager on tertiary treatment six years ago. The plant was state of the art when built to protect the shell fisheries in the estuary. It predates irish water and was built to population equivalent P/E 55000 as they were expecting a meat processing plant to be opened nearby. Current serves PE 33000. Problem was Kerry CoCo did not have budget to pay the electricity bill of 95,000 to run the UV Disinfection as required
    Ireland has world beating water leadership in many parts of the country but it does not suit monopoly needs of consultants to properly replicate and empower those examples around the company. I helped create an NGO in Minnesota in 1990s that created a proper state water infrastructure. I toured facilities in Ireland and MN in 2011 to get An understanding of challenges. Irish government was sold the failed U.K. Privatisation model. It does not work. Water has to be managed by watershed and locally monitored by people who live and work there.

  8. Orla

    Hi Philip, In response to your item on abortion I was moved by Ana’s story. She was, unfortunately at 13 at the behest of her parents. However, it brought me back to my 20s, where I was the comforter to a couple of friends who had to travel to the UK. We had to scramble together the money to help with the airfare and become the “counsellor” even to this day many years later.
    However, recently got in touch with the Abortion Rights Campaign office (089)2262048 and very disturbingly really bad line(I’ve been to Ghana, Africa) you wouldn’t believe the interference. Ergo, it is so political that even EIR is sabotaging an independent group. Would love your insight.

  9. Teresa

    With reference for today’s programme (abortion)?I am deeply hurt that a comment so flippant on the fact a person would never know the difference as to whether they were born or not. Stop hurting those who have lost healthy babies during pregnancy. This is too much! Stop!!! We want truth!

  10. Pat Conlon

    Hi Philip,
    I am quite disappointed with your contribution to the RTE news this evening (04/07/18) aired at around half past four in relation to Leo Varadker’s comment about sympathy for Trump. To put my disappointment in context I am a great advocate of your journalistic work. I have enjoyed and recommended your excellent descriptive powers regarding many topics – you have gained my trust as a journalist. This means that I by default trust your analysis. I was however quite dumbfounded by your contribution this evening where you played a number of excerpts from Trump’s speeches which in the circumstances suggested that Varadker endorsed these comments. I may be missing something but my understanding of Varadker’s comments was that he did express SOME sympathy with Trump’s views on journalistic mistruths. What you offered in your article seemed to me to lend credence to such a view – I am quite sure that Varadker would distance himself from ALL of the rump excerpts that you aired. Personally I dislike Trump greatly but there are elements to his policies that are probably sensible. Regarding his America first policy – was the Guaranteed Irish drive with TV ads (to RTE’s benefit) many years ago wrong? I don’t agree with starting a trade war but challenging existing trade agreements is probably sensible. Many of his policies have widespread support even though I personally do not support them. Is your view and those of journalists in general correct? Let he without sin…………….
    To compare the report on RTE this evening to football which is topical now I would say that your item is comparable to Neymar’s hysterical theatrics on the football pitch. Get a grip of yourself – Trust is easy lost but hard earned.
    To nail my colours to the mast – I was born in the Republic of Ireland and now living in N. Ireland. I have a have a good interest in Irish politics but have no particular political allegiance nor any avenue to express it.

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