RTÉ announce replacement for Claire Byrne Live

Claire Byrne Live Pic: RTÉ

Claire Byrne Live was a staple of Irish television so it came as a shock when she announced that she would no longer be continuing her current affairs series.

She decided to back out of the weekly show to spend more time with her young family.

Now RTÉ has confirmed that a new eight-part panel show will be replacing the beloved series.

Monday Night Live is a new panel discussion show that will see each hour-long programme dedicated to a major issue impacting people’s lives right across the country. Each week four panellists will join a presenter in the studio with additional live contributions from invited guests.

Monday Night Live Pic: RTÉ

Journalists David McCullagh, Sharon Tobin, Louise Byrne and Mark Coughlan will host the series, with each presenting two programmes.

The series will deal with the major issues affecting people, including the housing shortage, childcare, and climate change.

The first programme, presented by David McCullagh will examine the impact the cost-of-living crisis is having on people across the country and the challenges people face every day as many of them struggle to survive.

From rampant food inflation to spiralling energy prices, we hear how this autumn many are faced with having to decide between food or heat.

Caitriona Perry and David McCullagh Pic: RTÉ

David will speak to both Government and opposition politicians, and will hear from business owners, economists, industry figures and those most affected by the crisis about how it could impact as the winter months approach.

Monday Night Live kicks off on Monday 3rd October at 10.35pm on RTÉ One and RTÉ Player.

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