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RTÉ unveils new Prime Time presenting team

The new RTÉ Prime Time presenting team, as Miriam O'Callaghan is joined by Sarah McInerney (left) and Fran McNulty (right). Picture by Naoise Culhane/ RTÉ

RTÉ have unveiled a new Prime Time presenting team to join host Miriam O’Callaghan.

Broadcaster Sarah McInerney is set to host the show alongside Ms O'Callaghan on Tuesday nights, while journalist Fran McNulty will join her every Thursday.

The two presenters will join the RTÉ One show from April 6, when a new look for the programme and studio will also be unveiled.

As the Republic's most watched current affairs programme, RTÉ Prime Time has seen audiences increase in 2021 with an average of 341,000 watching each Tuesday and Thursday nights on RTÉ One.

Richard Downes, RTÉ Prime Time editor, said the new presenters will "lead the mission to illuminate dark corners and ask the questions that matter to you".

"They reinforce a talented team committed to staying at the very heart of public debate in Ireland and being your guide to the truth through the maze of spin and fake news.," he said.

Ms McInerney, who co-hosts Drivetime on RTÉ Radio 1, said Prime Time was "one of the shows that first sparked my interest in politics".

"It is a programme that has, for decades, been producing top class current affairs coverage," she said.

"I'm delighted to be joining the brilliant team who put it all together every week, and to get the opportunity to work alongside Miriam O'Callaghan and Fran McNulty - two broadcasters I've long admired."

Mr McNulty, an award-winning journalist who recently was Agriculture & Consumer Affairs Correspondent for RTÉ News, said it was "so humbling" to be chosen for the new role.

"Now more than ever people need trusted journalism, we need people to ask the important questions and get underneath the many issues facing Ireland at present," he said.

"On Prime Time we will continue to work hard to dispel fiction from fact."

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