Panti's Christmas Message beats The Queen's annual speech in Christmas Day ratings
Published 30/12/2015 | 13:53
Panti Bliss' rousing Queen of Ireland Christmas Message on TV3 beat The Queen's speech on BBC1 in terms of ratings.
Panti reached an average of 47,000 viewers while an average of 43,000 Irish viewers tuned in to watch The Queen on Christmas Day.
Both speeches went head to head at 3pm on their respective channels.
Panti's ten minute speech called on the nation to extend the impulse for change which preceded the Yes vote in the marriage referendum to other segments of society which require support.
She said, "LGBT people aren’t the only ones for whom we have failed to live up to the promise of cherishing all the children of the nation equally."
She referenced homeless people living on the streets and B&Bs, Travelers in sub-standard halting sites, elderly people in hospital corridors, peopel with disabilities and mental illness, and women as people who often do not feel cherished by this country.
"The kind of change we need to make to live up to the promise to cherish all the children of the nation equally may seem daunting, but if May 22nd taught us anything, it’s that if we feel strongly enough about something, and if we work together, we can achieve incredible things," she said. "We can move mountains."