Byrne in 2015
11 August 1975|
Mountrath, Laois, Ireland
|Employer||Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)|
The Daily Show
Claire Byrne Live
(m. 2003; div. 2006)
Claire Byrne (born 11 August 1975) is an Irish journalist, presenter and news presenter, she currently presents Claire Byrne Live. She is also best known for presenting The Daily Show from September 2010 to March 2012. In 2013, Byrne became an anchor on Prime Time RTÉ's flagship current affairs programme. In January 2015, she began hosting her own current affairs show,"Claire Byrne Live", also on RTÉ.
Byrne is the daughter of Tom and Breda Byrne. She grew up on the family farm and was educated locally at the Brigidine Convent. She later studied Politics, Sociology and Social Science at University College Dublin, however, she didn't complete the course. She subsequently attended the Rathmines College of Further Education where she studied journalism.
Byrne began her broadcasting career with East Coast Radio and worked with BBC Radio in the Channel Islands, before becoming news editor with Channel 103 in Jersey. She returned to Ireland shortly afterwards to take up her first television job as a reporter on the fledgling TV3.
Byrne left after just one year to work as London news anchor with Channel 5 and later with ITV News, but was lured back to TV3 to present the station's breakfast show Ireland AM. In 2004, she replaced Gráinne Seoige as the main female presenter of the TV3 News at 5.30.
Byrne joined Newstalk in 2006, amid a high-profile legal case with her former employer TV3, which went to court to stop the news anchor broadcasting on the breakfast slot with the radio station. She presented the show with Ger Gilroy, with Ivan Yates taking over as co-presenter in 2009.
Byrne was previously married to radio executive Richard Johnson. The marriage ended in 2006. In 2016, she married business consultant Gerry Scollan. She has three children, a boy Patrick born in 2013, a girl Jane born in 2014 and a girl Emma born in 2016.
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