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Michaella McCollum's interview on RTÉ divided opinions last night

Everyone was talking about the interview last night, here’s what they were saying.

MICHAELLA MCCOLLUM’S INTERVIEW was heavily criticised by many viewers last night with some angered that the drugs mule was getting air time on RTÉ.

During the interview, the 23-year-old said she is a good person who made a decision in a “moment of madness”.

I’m not a bad person..I want to demonstrate that I’m a good person.

McCollum was jailed along with Scottish woman Melissa Reid after being arrested at Lima Airport in August 2013, having been found with a large quantity of cocaine in food packets inside their luggage.

The drugs smuggler from Dungannon was freed from a Peru jail on Thursday but she may have to stay in the country for the remaining six years of her parole.

In the interview last night McCollum said she understood the potential consequences of what could have happened if the drugs had reached Europe.

“I probably would have had a lot of blood on my hands … I potentially could have filled Europe full of a lot of drugs.

I could have potentially killed a lot of people, not directly but I could have caused a lot of harm to people.

Many viewers of the show criticised the interview for being rehearsed and also took issue with RTÉ giving airtime to a drugs smuggler.

However, some viewers took to Twitter to express their support for the 23-year-old:

You can watch the interview in full here.

Read: “I’m not a bad person” – Michaella McCollum’s first interview to air tonight>

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