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Claire Byrne on the set of TV show Claire Byrne Live. Photo: Conor McCabe

Claire Byrne on the set of TV show Claire Byrne Live. Photo: Conor McCabe

Claire Byrne on the set of TV show Claire Byrne Live. Photo: Conor McCabe

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RTÉ One's Claire Byrne Live series is to come to an end after seven years on TV screens.

The popular weekly current affairs programme hosted by broadcaster and Bray resident Claire Byrne will wrap after seven years as this season ends on Monday, May 30.

Presenter Claire Byrne said: "When we started Claire Byrne Live in 2015, we wanted it to be a forum for people in Ireland to shape the news, respond to unfolding events and most importantly, to have their say. We came through two general elections, two hugely significant referendums and one global pandemic in the time that we have been on air.

“I have been hugely proud to be part of this show for those years and I have been humbled to work alongside three talented editors of Claire Byrne Live - Aoife Stokes, Jane Murphy and Hugh Ormond, not to mention the small, hard-working team that made sure we got to air every week, despite the massive challenges posed by the pandemic in the last two years.

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“I have made the decision now to focus on my radio show and I am very much looking forward, in time, to working on other television projects for RTÉ. I want to thank everyone who made Claire Byrne Live such an enjoyable show to be part of and in particular, the audience at home, who allowed me to spend Monday nights in their company over the last seven and a half years."

The broadcaster will continue to present ‘Today with Claire Byrne’ on RTÉ Radio 1 and will work with RTE on future television programmes. 

Jon Williams, Managing Director of RTÉ News and Current Affairs, paid tribute to Claire Byrne and the programme: "For seven years, Claire has hosted Ireland’s biggest conversation, giving the audience a voice on the key issues of the day. From her extraordinary interview with the family of Clodagh Hawe, to the drama of the Leaders’ Debates in two General Elections and breaking news throughout the pandemic, Claire Byrne Live has shown that current affairs can be both popular and engaging. I want to thank Claire for a truly remarkable run."

RTÉ said it is currently developing ideas for a new programme to replace the current affairs series.


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