Fr Kevin Reynolds - hope he takes RTE to the cleaners

On the evening of the 23rd May 2011, RTÉ broadcast a Prime Time Investigates programme entitled “A Mission to Prey”.

Before this broadcast Prime Time conducted an interview with Fr. Kevin Reynolds, the then parish priest at Ahascragh in Galway.

This interview took place beside the parochial house after the annual First Holy Communion Mass.
During this interview allegations were made against Fr. Reynolds. He immediately protested his innocence and denied all the allegations.

Between the interview and the broadcast, Fr. Kevin Reynolds, through his Solicitors, repeated his protestations of innocence, asked RTÉ not to broadcast the interview and volunteered to
undergo a paternity test.

Prime Time duly broadcast the programme accusing Fr. Reynolds of raping a minor named Veneranda while he was a missionary in Kenya and fathering a child named Sheila as a result of this rape.

He was also accused of secretly providing funds to Sheila.

Both Veneranda and Sheila were interviewed in the programme to corroborate the allegations.
As a result Fr. Kevin Reynolds was obliged to stand down from ministry and was removed as the parish priest of Ahascragh. He had to leave his home and his parish.

He was compelled by the actions of RTÉ to institute High Court defamation proceedings to vindicate his good name and reputation.

RTÉ acknowledges that the material in the programme concerning Fr. Reynolds ought never to have been broadcast.

RTÉ now fully and unreservedly accepts that the allegations made by Prime Time against Fr. Kevin Reynolds are baseless, without any foundation whatever and untrue and that Fr. Reynolds is a priest of the utmost integrity who has had an unblemished 40 year career in the priesthood and who has made a valuable contribution to society in Kenya and Ireland both in education and in ministry.

RTÉ acknowledges the defamation has had a devastating effect on Fr. Kevin Reynolds, his family, his peers, his parishioners in Ahascragh, those in the diocese of Kakamega in Kenya who were aware of the allegations and all those who know him or of him.

RTÉ fully and unreservedly apologises to Fr. Kevin Reynolds for this defamation and deeply regrets the serious consequences suffered by him. He was entirely innocent of the allegations
broadcast about him.

Fuck the money, the money wont be worth a shite to him and will only come out of the public coffers. I’d much prefer to see heads roll in montrose.

If that one Monica Leech got €1m then this fella should be €10m

Granted there were a lot of rotten apples in the Church, but for the national broadcaster to just run with a story because it’s a good time for bashing the church is scandalous.

Cuntish behaviour from our National Broadcaster.

Fairly scandalous from RTÉ alright. The fact that he protested so vigorously before the broadcast and they still didn’t review it properly or get their facts straight is damning.

It is a bit rich of MBB to be posting here though considering the remarks he made on this very website which attracted the legal attention of another RTÉ employer.

I’ll take a PM on that one Rocko, I was unaware of said legal attraction, or at the very least have allowed it slip my mind. Who employs RTÉ I wonder?

I don’t think some of our members realise the lengths we go to protect them. We’ve had several offended parties contact us seeking real names and contact details for posters. We tell them to fuck off.

I believe I remember this incident.
Was it relating to a celeb spot at mass?


Thanks Peter

I will take a PM if there is one going about

Was it Patrick Smallhouse?


I get it

Yes it was Mr Smallhouse at Mass.

Looks like Rocko could have defamation claim of his own on his hands


So who is the father of Sheila? And how much did her mother get for the interview, if anything.

the best outcome would be for RTÉ to be shut down. The shower of fuckers.

2 rubles and a croissant.

Defamation action settled in the High Court today.

The exact figure was not disclosed.