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Claire vows to come back on air after being bitten by the radio bug on Marian show

RTE presenter Claire Byrne might be handing the Saturday morning radio reigns back to Marian Finucane but we will seeing and hearing a lot more of her.

The Daily Show co-host has spent the past nine weeks covering for Finucane on her weekend morning slot but is now set to be a permanent midweek radio voice.

The popular journalist told the Herald that being a summer stand-in has given her the itch to go back on air full-time. The Laois woman already spent four years anchoring her very own breakfast show on Newstalk, and with the great response received from Marian's avid listeners, it's no surprise that Claire is ready to put her headphones on again.

Claire told the Herald that working on the second most popular current affairs show in Ireland this summer has been great.

"I really enjoyed covering for Marian. It's such a well-established team with a great team behind it and a pleasure to present," she said.

And now the host has revealed that she will take long-term control of RTE Radio One's political and current affairs programme, Late Debate, despite her hectic schedule in RTE already with the Daily Show.

"I'm taking a break at the moment before I'm back on RTE Radio One with Late Debate at 10pm on weeknights," she revealed.

And it's not the first time she has hosted the late-night show, she previously anchored the political programme in the run up to the election 2011.

At the time Claire had revealed that she was looking forward to getting her voice back out on the airwaves, after moving to television with her afternoon programme The Daily Show.

"It'll be nice to be back on the airwaves again after a five-month break from radio," she explained.