RTÉ reveal the amount of complaints received over Claire Byrne Abortion Referendum
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RTÉ reveal the amount of complaints received over Claire Byrne Abortion Referendum

THE NATIONAL State broadcaster has shared the number of complaints they received following the broadcast on May 14.

Claire Byrne Live received multiple complaints due to the reported unfair attitude displayed towards the Yes side on the show.

Many viewers deemed the broadcast total chaos with members of the audience shouting at guests seated on the show as well as hollering, shouting and hooting at sporadic moments throughout the broadcast.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster said in a statement: "Impartial analysis of Claire Byrne Live Referendum Special will show that when the number of speakers on each side of the referendum question and the airtime afforded to them are both taken into account, the programme gave an equitable and fair opportunity to both sides to express their views..."

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The spokesperson for RTÉ added: "While the programme did its best to include as many voices as it could, it was not possible to speak to everyone and it was made clear to every audience member in advance that there was no guarantee they would get to speak on the programme."

According to Irish Times, following the live episode dedicated to debating the 8th amendment, RTÉ received 1,277 complaints.