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.
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.
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
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.
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”.
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?”
Currently Philip is reporting and presenting on RTE Radio 1’s Drivetime and presenting Crimecall on RTE 1 with Grainne Seoige.
Kildare born Philip lives in Wicklow with Suzanne and their two daughters.