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Claire Byrne announces the end of her RTÉ show after seven years on air

Claire Byrne has announced the end of her current affairs show, after seven years on air.

In a statement on Friday, RTÉ confirmed Claire Byrne Live will conclude broadcasting this coming Monday, 30 May 2022.

The weekly programme was home to powerful interviews, debates, and contributions from thousands of audience members who chose to tell their story each week over the lifetime of the series on RTÉ One.

Claire Byrne Live | Conor McCabe

Claire said: “When we started Claire Byrne Live in 2015, we wanted it to be a forum for people in Ireland to shape the news, respond to unfolding events and most importantly, to have their say.”

“We came through two general elections, two hugely significant referendums and one global pandemic in the time that we have been on air.”

“I have been hugely proud to be part of this show for those years and I have been humbled to work alongside three talented editors of Claire Byrne Live – Aoife Stokes, Jane Murphy and Hugh Ormond, not to mention the small, hard-working team that made sure we got to air every week, despite the massive challenges posed by the pandemic in the last two years.”

The popular presenter added: “I have made the decision now to focus on my radio show and I am very much looking forward, in time, to working on other television projects for RTÉ.”

Claire Byrne. Pciture Conor McCabe Photography

“I want to thank everyone who made Claire Byrne Live such an enjoyable show to be part of and in particular, the audience at home, who allowed me to spend Monday nights in their company over the last seven and a half years.”

Jon Williams, Managing Director of RTÉ News & Current Affairs, said: “For seven years, Claire has hosted Ireland’s biggest conversation, giving the audience a voice on the key issues of the day.”

“From her extraordinary interview with the family of Clodagh Hawe, to the drama of the Leaders’ Debates in two General Elections and breaking news throughout the pandemic, Claire Byrne Live has shown that current affairs can be both popular and engaging. I want to thank Claire for a truly remarkable run.”

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Claire will continue to present Today with Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio 1, Monday to Friday from 10.00am, and will also work with RTÉ on future television programmes.

Watch the final episode of Claire Byrne Live this Monday night at 10.35pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.


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