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Vincent Browne will moderate TV3's debate on the children's rights referendum on October 31. Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

TV3 first to announce televised debate on children's referendum

The debate will be held on Halloween Night, October 31, and will feature four parties, two each from the Yes and No campaigns.

TV3 HAS ANNOUNCED details of the first confirmed televised debate on the forthcoming referendum on Children’s Rights.

The debate will be aired on Halloween night, October 31, at beginning at 10pm.

The hour-long debate will be moderated by Vincent Browne and will feature two parties from each of the Yes and No sides.

The identities of the participants have not yet been confirmed, but TV3 said it had invited the children’s minister Frances Fitzgerald to participate in support of the motion.

TV3 director of news Andrew Hanlon said the broadcaster wanted “to play its part” in encouraging debate on the referendum, “particularly as there has been very little argument on the matter on the public airwaves”.

Hanlon also said TV3 wished to confirm its commitment “to ensure balance throughout the referendum period in all its coverage of the referendum.”

The debate is to be held ten days before polling on the referendum, which will be held on November 10.

Read: RTÉ to stay 50-50 for referendum debates – but news coverage ‘cannot be prejudged’

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