The referendum to repeal Ireland's eighth amendment is drawing closer and emotions are running high on both sides of the campaign. Last night, Claire Byrne Live held a debate on the issue with representatives from the yes and no side in studio.

Representing the repeal side was Orla O’Connor - co-director of Together For Yes, Dr. Peter Boylan - chairperson of the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald.

Advocating to save the eighth amendment were Maria Steen of the Iona Institute, obstetrician John Monaghan and Fianna Fáil TD Mary Butler.

The debate got heated very fast with a rowdy audience cheering and clapping along and many viewers felt that it became more of a circus than any kind of informative debate.

Here's some of the reaction on Twitter: