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Tonight’s referendum debate

Tonight we will be hosting the Claire Byrne Live same sex marriage referendum debate. It’s just ten days away from the vote to decide on a constitutional change which would allow people to marry in Ireland regardless of their gender and we will be hearing from those on both the yes and no side of the debate. For the first time tonight, the Chair of the Adoption Authority of Ireland and Special Rapporteur on Child Protection, Geoffrey Shannon will give …

Countdown to CBLive Referendum Debate

There are just 15 days to go before referendum day on May 22nd. We have been tracking the views of our Ámarach Research / RTÉ Panel for Claire Byrne Live over the last number of weeks and yesterday we asked that panel again how they will vote on the proposed change to the constitution in relation to same sex marriage. As of yesterday, 78% of those polled said they would be voting in favour of the change, while 16% plan to …

The ‘other’ referendum question

With all the attention focussed on the same sex marriage referendum, we felt its poor relation, the little talked about ‘other’ question we will be asked on May 22nd deserved a bit of TLC today. The news is not good for the proponents of lowering the age of presidential candidates from 35 to 21. We asked our survey panel how they plan to vote on the proposal and 69% of our Ámarach Research / RTÉ Panel say they will vote …

No going back?

Countdown to the referendum As the countdown is on to polling day, on tonight’s show Minister for Health Leo Varadkar makes an appeal for a yes vote in the same-sex marriage referendum, while senior counsel Patrick Treacy will urge people to vote against the proposal. Bringing Ireland’s emigrants home “Last night as I lay dreaming Of pleasant days gone by My mind being bent on travelling To Ireland I did fly I stepped aboard a vision And followed with my …

A 9-year battle for justice

Every so often on this programme we meet people who have a story, and tell it in such a way, that it floors us. Last Monday night we met Gerard and Mary Costello and their solicitor Susie Elliot. The Costello’s first born child, Tadhg, was injured due to mistakes made during his birth at Kerry General Hospital in 2006. He is profoundly disabled and has cerebral palsy among other conditions. After he was born, a consultant in the hospital cried …

Health & Wealth

Niall Breslin, better known as Bressie, will be joining us fresh from the Voice of Ireland final last night, for a discussion that takes him far away from the bright lights of the music show finale. Bressie will be setting out the case to have greater emphasis on mental health education in our schools. He has filmed a special authored report for us and will be with us in studio to tell us where he is coming from. Tomorrow, the …

Life, Death & Fianna Fáil

In court today, Graham Dwyer will be sentenced for the murder of Elaine O’Hara. The court has no option but to hand down the mandatory life sentence and so the hearing is not likely to throw up any surprises in that regard. But arguably, for the first time in this lengthy case, the focus will firmly shift to Elaine’s family as they are expected to tell the court and the wider public about the impact her murder has had on …

Are we on course for a record referendum turnout?

Amárach Research / RTÉ poll for Claire Byrne Live on the Same-Sex Marriage referendum – are we on course for a record turnout? 84% say they will get out and vote in the Same-Sex Marriage referendum, suggesting we may be on course for a record turnout 77% of those who intend to vote say they will vote “Yes”; with 14% saying they will vote “No” If, like me, you have been smiling courteously at referendum canvassers while silently screaming as a …

A more ethical Ireland?

Are you a decent sort or could you do better? Are we a decent country, or are we all out for ourselves without any ethical code? President Michael D Higgins wants to change how things are done – it’s a simplified way of summarising one of the main ambitions of his presidency which he will outline to us tonight on Claire Byrne Live. I spoke to the President about his ‘Ethics Initiative’, a project which he has spearheaded with the aim …

The ‘lesser spotted’ referendum

If referendum questions were a species featured on a David Attenborough natural world programme, the one about whether we should lower the age of eligibility of presidential candidates would surely fall into the ‘lesser spotted’ category. While most of the focus has been on same sex marriage, we will be asked to decide on another important change to the Constitution on May 22. It may be facetious to say that a yes vote raises the prospect of One Direction’s Niall Horan making a bid …