'Claire Byrne Live' pitted the presidential candidates against each-other for the first time on live TV last night, with only four out of the six candidates turning up to have their say. The show also featured a heckler from the audience, questionable comments from Peter Casey, and of course Claire Byrne's luscious hair. It was gold.
Voting for the upcoming presidential election is fast approaching, with the Irish public due to take to the poles on Friday 26th of October. Last night on 'Claire Byrne Live' four out of the six candidates (Peter Casey, Liadh Ni Riada, Joan Freeman, and Gavin Duffy) took to the stage, with Sean Gallagher and Michael D. Higgins both not wishing to take part.
In case you didn't catch the show, allow us to sift through the best tweets we've seen to try to sum up the feelings of the Irish nation as we watched the dabate.
The first topic on the agenda was the notable absence of Gallagher and Higgins:
Next week on Claire Byrne live, President Michael D Higgins' dogs, Bród and Shadow, answer your questions about whether they deserve another 7 years in the Aras, about their expenses and whether or not they are in fact good boys. #cblive #Aras18
— Cormac Moore (@CormacComedy) October 15, 2018
— Sean O Domhnaill (@sodomhnaill34) October 15, 2018
Do those presidential candidates on Claire Byrne’s RTE programme know anything at all about the limited role of the presidency ? Mistake for Michael D Higgins and Sean Gallagher not to attend.
— Michael O'Regan (@MOReganIT) October 15, 2018
And then Peter Casey came out with quite an outlandish statement, which Claire was quick to come back at:
— Conor O'Leary (@Conorleary_1) October 15, 2018
Claire Byrne putting Peter Casey in his box ðŸ˜‚ðŸ™ˆ #presidentaldebate
— Amanda Fahy (@AmandaFahyx) October 15, 2018
— Will St Leger ðŸ”º (@WillStLeger) October 15, 2018
Then we moved onto the question of what was the candidates favourite part of the constitution:
— Nessa O'Hara (@OnlineNess) October 15, 2018
"What's your favourite part of the constitution?" ðŸ™„
Sounds like Claire Byrne is quizzing school children who are just learning about politics #CBlive
— Danielle Ryan (@DanielleRyanJ) October 15, 2018
Gavin Duffy kept calling Claire Byrne "Lorraine":
Is Gavin Duffy calling Claire Byrne ‘Lorraine’ ? ðŸ˜¹ #cblive
— Amelia (@roqueandrolle) October 15, 2018
Unfortunately the most memorable part of the show was a heckler turning up to shout at the candidates (mostly Peter Casey), and Claire swiftly cut to an ad-break:
— Daithi K. (@tvcritics) October 15, 2018
— Antoin Beag Ó Colla (@AntoinBeag) October 15, 2018
The public started sharing how they thought the debate had gone afterwards:
I didn’t bother with the #cblive debate as I’m working on proving MDH is a leprechaun
— Jamie (@FCTwenteBenson) October 15, 2018
Peter - showed up for the wrong interview
Liadh - was going ok until her inner Sinner released a Bitchy McBitchface tirade towards Joan
Joan - probably roughing up Liadh in the jacks right now
Gavin - shot down constantly by Claire Byrne Anti-debate fire #CBLive
— McGeebers (@mcgeebers) October 15, 2018
If a candidate is afraid of Claire Byrne, they're unfit to be President.
— Tommy (@TJMcGibney) October 16, 2018
However, it was pretty clear who viewers thought was the winner of the debate - presenter Claire Byrne:
I think the clear winner of the debate tonight is.....
— Ali Fox (@AliFox87) October 15, 2018
What have we learned tonight? (other than Claire Byrne has fantastic hair) #cblive
— Mairead Ronan (@cocomairead) October 15, 2018