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27th May 2022

Claire Byrne reveals her RTÉ show is ending after 7 years

Ellen Fitzpatrick

End of an era.

RTÉ One’s Claire Byrne Live is set to finish up for good on Monday after seven years on air.

The current affairs programme has been on our screens since 2015 and has featured interviews with politicians and debates.

The programme, hosted by Claire Byrne, is set to air it’s final episode on May 30th.

“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,” Claire told RTÉ.

“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 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.”

Claire added that she was “hugely proud” of what the show had accomplished and was “humbled to work with” the team she had.

“For seven years, Claire has hosted Ireland’s biggest conversation, giving the audience a voice on the key issues of the day,” Jon Williams, Managing Director of RTÉ News & Current Affairs said.

“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.”

Claire will still be presenting Today with Claire Byrne on RTÉ Radio 1 as well as having plans to continue working on future RTÉ TV programmes.

It is yet to be announced what show will be replacing this slot.