Philip Boucher-Hayes

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This is an article about an Irish person of note. For the similar-sounding French Canadian ice-hockey player, see Philippe Boucher.
Philip Boucher-Hayes
Born County Kildare, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education University College Dublin (UCD)
Occupation Journalist
Notable credit(s) RTÉ News
RTÉ Radio 1
Spouse(s) Suzanne Campbell

Philip Boucher-Hayes is head of RTÉ's Radio Investigative Unit. He is a news reporter, radio presenter and occasionally appears on television. As a news reporter, RTÉ has dispatched Boucher-Hayes to a number of remote locations including Kosovo, Israel, Iran, Iraq and New York City. He has reported on numerous domestic issues such as suspicious murders and the quality of water and has also presented Investigation on One on RTÉ Radio 1, recently being seen on RTÉ One presenting Buyer Beware! He has also appeared on television shows such as The Panel to discuss his work.

Early life[edit]

Boucher-Hayes was born in County Kildare. He was educated in Newtown School, Waterford and began his journalism career as a freelance contributor to local newspapers before going on to study History and Politics in University College Dublin (UCD).


Early career[edit]

Boucher-Hayes joined RTÉ in 1993. He began his career by reporting on RTÉ Radio 1's Five Seven Live and RTÉ 2fm's The Gerry Ryan Show before producing The Gay Byrne Show. In 1997 he defected to Today FM precursor Radio Ireland for a midday presenting slot, but rejoined the 5-7 Live reporting team on RTÉ Radio 1 in 1998. He was reported in 2006 as being the new presenter of Five Seven Live.[1]

Reporting work[edit]

Boucher-Hayes has reported from destinations as diverse as Kosovo, Latin America, Israel, occupied Palestinian territories and Iran. He has been RTÉ's reporter for numerous historic events, including stints in Southeast Asia (post Asian tsunami), New York City (for September 11 attacks) and Iraqi Kurdistan (during the American-led invasion which preceded the Iraq War in 2003). In 2006 he broke the Israeli blockade of Lebanon, becoming the first reporter to do so,[citation needed] and covered the duration of the July War from Beirut and Tyre. His coverage of the 14-year-old death of Brian Rossiter whilst in the custody of gardaí won him the Media Justice Award in 2005. In 2006's "Peak Oil" he was the man behind the series of features on Ireland's looming energy crisis.[2] He also covered the release from jail of Irish politician Liam Lawlor.[3] Other issues addressed include the Galway water contamination crisis.[4]

Radio work[edit]

Boucher-Hayes presents the investigative radio series, Investigation on One on RTÉ Radio 1 each Monday evening. The show is given its own segment on Today with Pat Kenny the morning before broadcast, with Boucher-Hayes presenting the evidence in a style that has been compared to a "scene where Hercule Poirot explains the whole thing to an assembly of slow-witted guests in the drawing room".[5] He covers such topics as the spraying of vegetables, particularly mushrooms, with carcinogenic chemicals.[citation needed]

Television work[edit]

Boucher-Hayes presents the consumer affairs programme Buyer Beware![6] and appeared on The Panel on 27 November 2008.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Boucher-Hayes lives in County Wicklow with his wife Suzanne Campbell. He is the nephew of fellow RTÉ radio broadcaster Myles Dungan.


  1. ^ "English to step down from RTÉ's radio flagship". Irish Independent. 2006-05-11. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Philip Boucher-Hayes". RTÉ. Archived from the original on 17 February 2009. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  3. ^ "Cut to the chase -- showbiz takes over Lawlor story". The Sunday Business Post. 2002-01-13. Archived from the original on 13 May 2005. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  4. ^ "Philip Boucher Hayes breaks down the findings of a recent report as part of a series on the quality of Irish water". RTÉ. Retrieved 2008-12-17. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Philip Boucher-Hayes . . . a fun guy to be with in the morning". Sunday Tribune. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-12-17. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "The Panel - Thursday, 27 November 2008". RTÉ. Accessed 18 November 2008.
  7. ^ "Buyer Beware". RTÉ. Accessed 13 December 2008.

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