Last night.

Claire Byrne Live on RTÉ One.


Viewers were left unimpressed with the show when Sheila was cut off for Claire to speak about the possibilities of upcoming food shortages, and potential price increases with RTE Consumer Affairs correspondent Fran McNulty.

As a result, Twitter exploded with people voicing their unhappiness at the segment ‘about digestive biscuits shortage’.

Claire Byrne Live viewers annoyed Mother and Baby Home survivor is cut off for supermarket segment (RTÉ)

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18 thoughts on “Cut Off

  1. ReproBertie

    The piece on how Sasamach has impacted on the supermarket shelves was cut so short as to be meaningless because Claire was unable to control the interview with Sheila. If they want to talk about the survivors they should give them a full show. It was stupid to try and limit a story like Sheila’s to a few minutes in between two different, completely unrelated items.

    I note Sheila didn’t trust the RTÉ staff enough to leave her handbag off stage.

    1. goldenbrown

      I noticed the oddball handbag thing too, very telling

      wtaf is going on at RTE?

      this was a relatively simple program segment to make and could have made for powerful useful TV

      is it that all the good backoffice people took the package so all we(they) concentrate on now is the fancy presentation skills?

      Claire Byrne, serial car crasher, batting WAAY above her average, morning slot tv presenter at best

      1. Brother Barnabas

        she’s no jeremy paxman but she’s capable of more than this – and didnt her show used to be a bit more substantial? the in-studio mock demos they started doing in march have been especially cringeworthy

        she has to be hating what it’s all become

        1. goldenbrown

          you’re right, not exactly hard hitting Newsnight Emily form, is it? but like you I do recall a harder edged Claire Byrne in the past…so what is it? what’s gone wrong here?

          cushy number, sorted, just not got the mouth on her anymore?
          has she no production input?

          that program slot has become a fairly useless soft focussed magazine

      2. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

        some ladies don’t feel dressed if they aren’t clutching a handbag, my mother holds onto hers with a deathgrip once she passes the garden gate, habit

        1. ReproBertie

          I couldn’t help but wonder if it was a habit picked up due to the nuns taking away possessions in the home.

          1. Fergalito

            It’s kinda heart-breaking.

            Reminds me of my Granny, her handbag was where she kept all of her important tools for social interaction and business. Bank book was in there, pension book along with her purse and other important items. Back in a time where women were marginalised and dispossessed of anything meaningful in terms of how the theocratic patriarchs had defined their roles in society it was a symbol, I’m supposing, of a little power. Some currency in the grander, autocratic scheme of things as they may have experienced it.

            Sadder still then application of the adage “where there’s a will there’s a relative” and the abuse of elderly people by those tasked with caring for them – leaving them to “rot” in a back-room, transferring the right to collect their pension and manage their bank accounts. Disarming the power of the handbag and what its items represented.


  2. GiggidyGoo

    Claire didn’t get to build a supermarket aisle of set then, so she could show us how to push a trolly and choose vegetables?

  3. Redundant Proofreaders Society

    It’s a magazine TV show, is it not? That is, several short slots ranging from light to serious current affairs and lifestyle topics. If so, that’s an odd place for an interview with a State Home victim. Worth asking Byrne on Twitter – RTE presenters are never off the platform.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      tubz has been doing that for years on the late late show: a heartbreaking interview with grieving parents who watched helplessly as their 4 year-old child died from some awful disease because they couldn’t raise the cash for the desperately needed treatment, and then straight into an upbeat competition for a weekend shopping trip to new york with €20,000 spending money
      it’s beyond farcical, but it’s RTE to a tee

      1. Redundant Proofreaders Society

        Another painful example indeed. One RTE Radio show featured a slot on how Irish artists, writers and musicians were all struggling during the pandemic…followed by a regular weekly slot on ‘Culture’ which promoted the latest Hollywood releases and British TV serials.

  4. Hank

    I’m convinced Claines has been locked in that studio ever since she escaped from her shed.
    Week after week, Covid related mock ups served with an extra dollop of hysteria, each one more ridiculous than the last. It’s like watching someone slowly lose their sanity.

  5. d

    lesson for life generally.
    whenever you are organising anything, try and run it by someone impartial to spot any flaws.
    i can picture the producers trying to organising the report and set up the video and get lawyer approval.
    No one seemed to stop and use common sense to see if anything spots this.

    i recall USA NASA spent millions developing a space pen. had all the scientists working on technology, materials etc. no-one stopped to think “would a pencil work”. Which is what the Soviets used in space.

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