Meet The Team

Mary Wilson - Presenter

Mary Wilson came indoors to the Drivetime studio in 2006 after ten years as RTÉ’s Legal Affairs Editor. Before that, she worked as a reporter across all areas of RTE news and current affairs programming on radio and television. Mary first worked with the RTÉ 89FM radio station on Union Quay in Cork and moved to Donnybrook in 1990. She was Journalist of the Year in 2000 and a winner in the Law Society Media Awards for news broadcasts and documentaries. Drivetime has also won several PPI National Radio Awards. Mary is a native of Drangan, Co. Tipperary, the mother of a teenage daughter and enjoys travel, music, hill walking and relaxing at home with good TV boxed sets.

Elayne Devlin - Series Producer

Elayne Devlin joined Drivetime as the Series Producer in April 2018, prior to that she worked as a producer across a range of radio programmes including Today with Sean O’Rourke, Liveline and The Ray D’arcy Show. During her time on Today with Sean O’Rourke, she produced the programme from the National Ploughing Championships, The Christmas Special with the RTE Concert Orchestra and the special programme on the London Bridge terror attack live from London in 2017. Previously Elayne worked as an Assistant Producer/Researcher in RTE television [The Late Late Show, Off the Rails, The Craig Doyle Show and Seoige]. In a previous life, Elayne worked as an Assistant Director in film and as a media producer in Microsoft.

Alan Torney - Producer

Alan Torney has worked on almost every programme on the RTÉ Radio 1 schedule since 2003.  In recent years, he has produced The History Show, The Marian Finucane Show, Sunday with Miriam O’Callaghan, The Business, Countrywide, Liveline with Joe Duffy, The Marty Squad, The John Murray Show.  Alan has produced seven documentaries for the Documentary on One slot, as well as a stand-alone [15-episode] factual series, Whistleblowers – interviews with international and Irish whistleblowers.  He worked on RTÉ’s Irish general election coverage in 2007, 2011, and 2016 - as a reporter and producer. He also worked as producer on RTÉ’s UK election coverage [2015 & 2017], Northern Ireland Assembly elections [2017], and across coverage of several referenda campaigns. He has produced outside broadcasts from most Irish counties as well as from the UK and US.

Caroline Dalton - Producer

Caroline Dalton started her career in Newstalk in 2009 where she worked on shows across the schedule,including four years on Newstalk Breakfast with Chris Donoghue and Ivan Yates. In that time she worked as Tech-Op, Researcher and Producer. Caroline moved to RTÉ in 2016, where she worked for two seasons on The Ray D'Arcy TV Show. A native of Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, Caroline has a BA in English & Irish (UCC), Árd-Dioplóma i Léiriú Teilifíse (Nemeton/WIT) and an M.Sc. in Interactive Media (UCC). Caroline has also made two BAI funded radio documentaries for Newstalk: The Real Mrs. Brown & Radharc Luimní: Scéal Phatsy agus Jim.

Eoghan McLaughlin - Producer

Eoghan McLaughlin began his radio career at Newstalk, where he worked across a wide variety of programmes including Breakfast, Off The Ball, Culture Shock, The Wide Angle, Lunchtime and The Dunphy Show. He then moved to Old Yard Productions, which made The Business with George Lee for RTÉ Radio One. In 2015 – with Richard Curran now presenting – The Business was brought in-house by RTÉ and Eoghan came with it. In RTÉ, he has also worked on Today with Sean O’Rourke, Liveline, and Claire Byrne’s General Election Programme."

Philip Boucher Hayes – Reporter

Philip Boucher-Hayes started writing for local newspapers in 1987 and joined RTÉ in 1993. He began reporting on 5-7 Live and the Gerry Ryan Show before producing the Gay Byrne Show. Philip’s 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. He was Head of RTÉ Radio’s Investigative Unit for three years, during which time he won the PPI News Broadcaster of the Year award, having previously won The Law Society’s Justice Media Award. In 2009 Philip wrote a book with his wife Suzanne Campbell: Basketcase: What’s Happening Ireland’s Food? He has made several documentaries and series for television including What’s Ireland Eating? and Buyer Beware. Currently Philip presents Crimecall with Grainne Seoige.

Fergal Keane – Reporter

Fergal Keane is one of RTE's most experienced and best-known journalists, reporting on major events, at home and abroad, for more than two decades. He also contributes regularly from RTÉ’s Dáil studios on the political machinations of the day. Fergal has reported on numerous elections and referendums and most major domestic events across RTÉ Radio 1's programming. In recent years he reported on two US Presidential elections, two Papal Conclaves, several natural disasters and wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan. A multi award-winning journalist, Fergal was voted Ireland's broadcaster of the year in 2004 for his coverage of the war in Iraq. Before joining RTÉ, he reported for several national newspapers, and spent extensive periods in Northern Ireland. Fergal is a graduate of University College Cork and of Dublin City University.

Della Kilroy – Reporter

Della Kilroy is an award-winning broadcast journalist born and raised in Dublin and has worked across many programmes on RTE Radio. Della received a justice media award for her high court reporting of repossession rulings for Drivetime in 2011. She holds an Honors degree in English, Media and Cultural Studies and has a First Class Masters in Broadcast Production for Radio and Television. Della has also worked in documentary production with her first radio documentary for RTE Radio One broadcast in 2009. 'Leaving Care', was on the subject of teenagers struggling to survive as they leave the state care system at eighteen. Her second documentary 'One World: Under the Mango Tree' brought Della to the North East Democratic Republic of Congo. There she followed a community living with the aftermath of LRA violence and child abduction. Her short documentary for the Curious Ear series was broadcast in 2013 and documents the Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring programme it Ireland. It follows the stories of three matches, including herself, and the friendships they have built. You can follow Della on Twitter here.

John Cooke – Reporter

John Cooke has a passion for people, places and powerful stories. A proud family man originally from County Roscommon, but living in Clare, John has covered breaking news and remarkable human stories from every corner of Ireland since joining the RTE Radio 1 Team in 2015, after more than a decade in local radio including Clare FM and North West Radio in Sligo.

Reporting extensively on issues like homelessness, the plight of Syrian refugees and Asylum seekers, and the challenges facing our rural towns and villages, John is a multi-award winning Presenter and Reporter having won numerous PPI Radio Awards in the Best News Story and Speech Broadcaster categories. He’s also a two time New York Radio Awards Winner, and has received numerous accolades for Court Reporting at the Justice Media Awards, Health Matters at the Irish Medical Media Awards, and has also been honoured for coverage of Road Safety and Driving Laws on the Drivetime programme. John has also presented programmes like Countrywide, The Late Debate and Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio 1.

Barry Lenihan - Reporter

Barry Lenihan joined RTÉ in May 2013; the day after finishing his journalism degree in Dublin City University.  Since then, Barry’s reported right across the RTÉ schedule; from Morning Ireland to World Report; newsreader with 2fm to GAA broadcaster for RTÉ Sport. Barry’s main assignment is with Drivetime, where he’s broken several big stories including a champion greyhound testing positive for cocaine, HR issues at the National Museum and financial mismanagement at the country’s largest hospice.  In 2018, Barry reported extensively on the shooting of Aidan McAnespie at a border checkpoint 30 years ago. Eventually, it was announced a British soldier is to face a prosecution over the killing. These reports, as well as Barry’s reports with the Irish fans at Euro 2016, have been recognised at the IMRO National Radio Awards. He regularly covers the biggest stories of the day- and travels far and wide to report- from Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico to hen parties with adult inflatables in Carrick-on-Shannon! When not on duty, Barry can be found at a GAA match or a race meeting.

Programme Highlights

Dominic Cummings Profile

Anushka Asthana, Host of the Today in Focus, Guardian podcast, talks about Dominic Cumming's personality and political strategy.

Yoko Ono and John Lennon in 1969

Kate O'Malley, Historian at the Royal Irish Academy, talks to Mary about Yoko Ono and John Lennon's political legacy.

Defective Apartments

Drivetime's Barry Lenihan on reports of defective apartments in Dublin, Kildare and Clare.

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