Mixed reaction as RTE pauses live same-sex debate for the Angelus
There has been mixed reaction to RTÉ’s decision to pause from a lively debate same-sex marriage for the Angelus.
On her programme this morning, broadcaster Marian Finucane was joined a number of guests including director of the Communications Clinic Eoghan McDermott and executive director of GLEN Brian Sheehan.
At one o’clock, their spirited referendum discussion was brought to a brief halt for the first of the state broadcaster’s twice-daily periods of reflection.
The Angelus is a Catholic tradition, and was first aired by RTÉ in 1950.
Some listeners have been taking to social media to point out the irony in such a traditional interruption to a progressive discussion.
Others have suggested that an updated version of the Angelus may have been appropriate.
They should have updated the Angelus, remixed it and made it super fabulous for the day that's in it. #MarRef— Martyn Rosney (@martynrosney) May 23, 2015
Discussion on the marriage referendum continues both at home and abroad, as a decisive victory for the Yes campaign looks increasingly likely.