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Over 800,000 People Tune in to TV3’s Leaders’ Debate

Pat Kenny and Colette Fitzpatrick pictured today at the Virgin Media TV3 HD Studio. TV3 has today announced that it will host the first leaders’ television debate as part of its VOTE 2016 election coverage this Thursday (11th February) live from 9pm to 10.30pm. The debate will be moderated by Newstalk’s Pat Kenny and TV3’s Colette Fitzpatrick. Picture:Brian McEvoy No Repro fee TV3 to host first live leaders’ debate of Election 2016 campaign Debate to be broadcast live on both TV3 and Newstalk ‘VOTE 2016 – The Leaders’ Debate’ will be moderated by Newstalk’s Pat Kenny and TV3’s Colette Fitzpatrick and will air this Thursday, live at 9pm An Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael Enda Kenny TD, Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party Joan Burton TD, leader of Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin TD and leader of Sinn Féin Gerry Adams TD have all confirmed their attendance in this special 4-way leaders’ debate. The debate will be followed by a Tonight Show Special at 10.30pm this Thursday (11th February) presented by Newstalk Breakfast’s Ivan Yates along with a panel of political experts and analysts including TV3 Political Editor Ursula Halligan and Mick Clifford of The Examiner.
Pat Kenny and Colette Fitzpatrick at the Virgin Media TV3 HD Studio.

Over 800,000 viewers tuned in to the TV3 Leaders’ debate last night, which aired from 9pm to 10.30pm and featured the leaders of the four largest political parties as part of TV3’s VOTE 2016 general election coverage.

An average of 430,000 watched the first big national TV debate which peaked at 502,000 viewers just after 10pm and was broadcast live from the Virgin Media TV3 HD Studio in Dublin in association with Newstalk radio.

The highly charged 90 minute debate saw Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton, Micheál Martin of Fianna Fáil and Gerry Adams of Sinn Féin appearing together for the first major TV debate of the 2016 general election.

In TV3’s post-debate TONIGHT programme with Ivan Yates, 576,000 people tuned in between 10.30pm and 12 midnight for analysis and discussion by a panel of experts who expressed their views on how the leaders’ performed in the earlier debate. An average of 224,000 people watched this programme.

Commenting on the figures, TV3 Director of News & Information Programming Andrew Hanlon said: What is so pleasing about last night’s huge viewing figures is that they demonstrate the voracious appetite the Irish people have for engaging in lively political debate and that TV3 can provide free-to-air top class public service broadcasting when it really matters.”

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