Aoife Kavanagh is from Enniscorthy in Co Wexford, and she joined RTÉ in 1996 as a reporter on Morning Ireland. Before that, she worked as a news and sports journalist with the Irish Examiner.
Over the past 14 years, Aoife has split her time between radio and television, covering domestic and foreign news. She caught the foreign correspondent bug when she covered the post-referendum violence on the tiny island of East Timor back in 1999. Since then, she has covered many major foreign stories for RTÉ, including the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2004 US election and the riots in Kenya following the general election in January, 2008.
Aoife's travels have left her with a passion for Africa and a slightly warped fondness for the difficulties of travelling and working in countries such as Sudan and Zimbabwe. In 2006 and 2007, she presented the overseas development series 'Far Away Up Close' which took her to several countries including Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and South Africa.
On the domestic front, one of the stand-out moments was reporting on the infamous electronic voting night of the 2002 general election, when Fine Gael's Nora Owen lost her seat in such a cruel way. She has also had the pleasure of reporting twice on the John Gormley/Michael McDowell battles in the Dublin South East constituency.
For the past two years, Aoife has been working with RTÉ's Prime Time and will continue to file reports for the programme. It's the only way she'll ever get to stay in bed past 4.30am!
Aoife is also an avid sports fan, with a particular passion for the GAA. The last few years have been difficult ones for Wexford hurling, but she never gives up hope.