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Colin set to kick off Claire's new show

CLAIRE Byrne's new current affairs show will get off to a promising start with an exclusive interview with Hollywood star Colin Farrell.

The Irish actor will appear on The Claire Byrne Show tonight to discuss same-sex marriage.

In a pre-recorded interview via satellite link from LA, Colin speaks about his brother Eamon, who is gay and happily married.

"I remember him coming home with blood on his shirt, and he got plenty of beatings and he got just called names continuously," Colin reveals.

"So he had a very, very, very tough time, a lot of cruelty, like real, absolute shameful cruelty that was placed upon him."

His brother Eamon went to Canada to marry his partner Stephen Mannion. Colin gives his full support to the equal marriage campaign in Ireland ahead of the referendum later this year.

"To see them every day live their lives as a happily married couple is an amazing thing, and to think that they had to leave their own country to do that, is sad and disappointing and just grossly unfair I feel," he says. "I carry Ireland with me everywhere I go, and I love my country deeply.

"This is my coming out of the closet as it were publicly and saying that I support this vote with every fibre of my being," he added.


Claire will not have a desk on the new set, instead moving between both the audience and the guests.

The audience will sit in two curved banks around a panel of well known guests from different sectors. Tonight's show will see a panel discuss the topic in depth but Claire promises that her show won't turn into "a bear-pit".

"It won't be a scary place for people to be but it will be reactive," she says.

However, she believes it's part of her job to be passionate about different issues.

"Justified anger is okay as a presenter. You are representing the people, so it is almost expected of you, as long as you give everyone a chance to answer," she told the Sunday Business Post.

Claire Byrne Live will broadcast on Monday nights at 10.35pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ News Now.