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Mixed reaction as RTE pauses live same-sex debate for the Angelus

Daniel McDonald

Published 23/05/2015 | 14:52

Marianne Finucane
Marianne Finucane

There has been mixed reaction to RTÉ’s decision to pause from a lively debate same-sex marriage for the Angelus.

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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.

Discussion on the marriage referendum continues both at home and abroad, as a decisive victory for the Yes campaign looks increasingly likely.

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