Saturday 17 March 2018

RTE Radio 1 listeners stumped as political debate on 'Saturday with Claire Byrne' turns into bizarre sing-song

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

In one of the most bizarre radio political debates, Irish politicians belted out renditions of famous cabaret and Irish songs.

The politicians, including Dáil Chief Whip Regina Doherty, were on RTÉ’s Saturday with Claire Byrne talking about the politics of the week when the guests were all invited to start singing.

The playful approach was inspired by the show's season-finale, which had a summer barbecue theme.

Dáil Chief Whip Regina Doherty gave us a rendition of “That Ole Devil Called Love” by Billie Holiday.

Finnian McGrath, Frances Black, Michael Fitzmaurice, Fintan Warfield and Aodan O’Riordain all showed us their singing voices in renditions of songs such as the 'Fields of Athenry' and 'The Contender'.

Jim O’ Callaghan was on the show too but didn’t sing as he said he “doesn’t sing live on radio”.

As expected, the reaction on social media was priceless.

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