Friday 24 November 2017

Protester interrupts Marian Finucane Show in support of refugees

Aine Lawlor. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Aine Lawlor. Photo: Brian McEvoy
RTE presenter and cancer survivor Aine Lawlor speaks at the 9th International Cancer Conference in Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers.

RTE Radio One's Marian Finucane Show was interrupted this morning when a protester unexpectedly burst onto the airwaves in support of the plight of Syrian refugees.

The long running current affairs chat show was being presented by regular stand-in, Aine Lawlor, and was broadcasting live from a hotel opposite Croke Park as the All Ireland Football Final takes place later this afternoon.

At approximately 12:10, as Jack O'Shea, former Kerry Footballer was discussing the long standing Dublin/Kerry rivalry ahead of this afternoon's All Ireland Football Final, a female voice was suddenly heard in the background of the studio.

The uninvited guest demanded that the panel discuss the refugee crisis and 'force the Irish Government to do more than they are currently doing'.

Claire Grady, former editor of the Irish Independent and The Herald, was a member of the panel this morning and described the protester as a 'casually dressed, slim woman in her 40's.'

"The show was broadcasting from a medium sized meeting room in a hotel near Croke Park.

"We had ironically just finished a discussion about the refugee crisis when a woman stepped forward and began speaking.

"The room was packed with panel members, technicians and former Dublin and Kerry All Ireland players so it wasn't immediately obvious that this woman had entered the room.

"After she had said her piece she was gently escorted away," Grady said.

The panel this morning was compromised of Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald, Michael O'Regan of The Irish Times, Minister of State Jimmy Deenihan, journalist Philip O'Connor and former Irish Independent and Herald editor Claire Grady.

Twitter was quick to respond to the unexpected interruption to the programme.

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