Questions and Answers
(1986–2009) was a topical debate television
programme in the Republic of Ireland
. It was shown on RTÉ One
at 22:35 on Monday nights, running for approximately one hour. The show was presented by John Bowman
since 1988; he was preceded by Olivia O'Leary
from 1986–88. It discussed major issues and controversies and often features comments from government ministers.Director-General of RTÉ Cathal Goan
described the programme as an "integral part of the national conversation for over 20 years". It was replaced by a new series The Frontline
hosted by Pat Kenny
. The Frontline
began on 21 September 2009.
The programme, was launched in the late 1980s. Each week the chairperson initiates a discussion between several prominent politicians and commentators. The discussion is led by questions asked by members of the audience. The first question will usually deal with the major political issue of the week. The final question is often a trivial or comic question.Questions and Answers
was usually broadcast from the RTÉ
television complex in Donnybrook
with only occasional broadcasts from around Ireland.
It is broadcast at 22:30, although one edition which was broadcast at 21:30 drew comment from Declan Lynch in the......