Viewers praise Katie Hannon following first episode of Upfront

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The nation of Ireland was shocked when Claire Byrne announced that she would be stepping down from Claire Byrne Live after seven years on TV.

It was then announced that Katie Hannon was going to be replacing the show with her own series, Upfront with Katie Hannon.

After weeks of waiting the show finally hit the air on Monday night with viewers tuning in to get their fill of current events.

The show promised that it wouldn’t shy away from the tough topics and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

It kicked off with a conversation about the accommodation for asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland.

Senator Michael McDowell, Junior Minister Jennifer Carroll O’Neill, former MEP Deputy Matt Carty and Irish-Syrian journalist Razan Ibraheem were among the programme’s first-ever panel.

Emphasising the importance of distinguishing people who are coming to Ireland fleeing persecution and those who arrive for other reasons, Mr McDowell said it shouldn’t take three years to process asylum applications.

It was a hotly debated topic with members of the audience getting involved in the debate, sharing their opinions, no matter how controversial.

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Viewers flocked to Twitter to share their own opinion on the show.

Upfront with Katie Hannon continues on Monday at 10.35pm, RTÉ One.

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