Claire Byrne

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Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin at the seven-way leaders General Election debate at the Virgin Media Studios in Dublin. Photograph: Niall Carson

The only missing ingredients from the latest leaders’ debate were individual entrance tunes for each of the participants, just like in professional wr(...)

Charred trees in a patch of forest burnt during the recent bushfires near Batemans Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Photograph: Loren Elliott/Reuters

Tackling climate change is “the biggest challenge our country has ever faced”. Green Party leader Eamon Ryan made this opening comment on the Claire B(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald, Social Democrats joint leader Róisín Shortall, Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, host  Claire Byrne, Green Party leader Eamon Ryan, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, Solidarity People Before Profit politician Richard Boyd Barrett and Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin, assemble for the seven-way RTÉ leaders pre-election debate at the National University of Ireland Galway. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Seven leaders stand in a row at podiums looking like they’re at the starting line of the world’s most tedious Segway race. RTÉ assembled them here at&(...)

 Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left) and  Labour leader Brendan Howlin are pictured  during the seven-way RTÉ leaders debate at NUI Galway (NUIG) on Monday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/Pool/Getty Images.

Nobody messed up, but nobody hit a home run either in the first seven-way leaders’ debate of the general election campaign. Heading into the RTÉ deba(...)

Aontú party leader Peadar Tóibín. photograph: Tom Honan

Aontú party Peadar Tóibín has withdrawn his application for a High Court injunction preventing tonight’s planned political leaders debate due to broad(...)

RTÉ has rejected calls for a dedicated leaders’ TV debate on the climate issue. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

RTÉ has rejected calls for a dedicated leaders’ TV debate on the climate issue, which campaigners claim is warranted given the scale of the global war(...)

The first debate between Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is happening earlier in the 2020 general election campaign than expected. Photographs: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times and Gareth Chaney/Collins

The first televised leaders’ debate between the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin will take place on Wednesday night on Vir(...)

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald and Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, canvassing in the Liberties in Dublin on Sunday. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

RTÉ has reiterated that it will not be including Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald in the Prime Time leaders’ debate scheduled for the last week o(...)

The coffin arrives at the funeral of broadcaster Marian Finucane at St Brigid’s Church in Kill, Co Kildare. Photograph: Laura Hutton/The Irish Times

The late RTÉ radio presenter Marian Finucane was remembered as “an icon of Irish broadcasting” at her funeral in Kill, Co Kildare. The veteran broadc(...)

Every media company in the world is facing the same challenges, and many are proving much better at tackling them than RTÉ. Photograph: iStock

We’ll never see his like again. That phrase, trotted out whenever a much-loved figure dies, is both incontestably true and utterly meaningless. But in(...)

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