THE INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER Paul Maguire has been appointed as Editor of the new RTÉ Investigations Unit.
The unit, which is to cover investigative journalism across several platforms including radio and television, was set up in the reshuffle of current affairs and news in RTÉ, announced in April of this year.
The restructuring came in the wake of the Fr Kevin Reynolds case in which the priest was paid a substantial amount of damages after being defamed by an RTÉ Prime Time Investigates programme, ‘A Mission to Prey’. Prime Time Investigates was shelved as a series and it was announced that new investigative programmes would come from the new investigations unit instead.
Maguire had worked for Prime Time Investigates and Prime Time for the past five years. He won several international awards for his own reports, including Inside Ireland’s Illegal Cigarette Trade, made for PTI, and Profiting from Prostitution, also earmarked for PTI but which went out as a Prime Time special after the PTI brand was disbanded. Other noted investigations of his included Tyres – A Dirty Business, A Shocking Abuse (on symphysiotomies) and Slave Labour Ireland, all PTI programmes.
Previous to his time in Prime Time and PTI, Maguire spent five years working on Six One News, on RTÉ Radio1′s This Week, Morning Ireland and the News at One. He originally worked in retail management for Superquinn before moving to current affairs programme, Loose Talk, on Radio LMFM in Drogheda.