Some Progress, But Not Enough


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On International Women's Day 1991, Marian Finucane reflects on progress in women's rights over the last 20 years.

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    Progress for Women
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  • Contributor
    Gay Byrne (Presenter)
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    The Late Late Show
  • Clip title
    Some Progress, But Not Enough
  • Extended description

    On International Women's Day in 1991, 'The Late Late Show' invited a panel of women to discuss the women's movement in Ireland.

    In this clip, broadcaster Marian Finucane reflects on progress over the last 20 years. She talks about her widowed mother, who was paid less for her teaching job than single men, and a female relation who had to give up her civil service job when she got married. Marian also tells the story of a woman in Carlow, who had problems in her marriage when she decided she didn't want another child. All of these issues have now been addressed.

    But while there has been some progress, she says it is not enough, citing the Catholic Church as an example.

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    'The Late Late Show' was intended to be a summer "filler" but proved so successful with the public that it became part of the regular schedule. The idea for the programme came from the show's producer, Tom McGrath, who wanted to present an Irish version of the American talk show 'The Tonight Show'.

    Gay Byrne was to be the show's presenter and would remain so for the next 37 years. Tom McGrath's original idea was that the show would be informal and have the feel of people dropping in for a chat.

    'The Late Late Show' became an important forum for the airing and debating of many issues in a changing Irish society.

    The first programme of 'The Late Late Show' was broadcast at 11.20 pm, 6 July 1962. At the time, it was unusual to have a live talk and entertainment show on so late in the day's viewing. On that first show, the guests were Count Cyril McCormack, Ken Gray, George Desmond Hodnett and Harry Thuillier. McGrath would go on to pioneer many other successful variety shows on Irish television.
    Pat Kenny replaced Gay Byrne as presenter in 1999 and remained in that position for 10 years.The programme is still running today and is presented by Ryan Tubridy.

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    International Women's Day, Women's rights, Unequal pay, Marriage bar, Contraception, Catholic Church, Marian Finucane, Nell McCafferty, Ailbhe Smyth, Josephine Hart, Anne Enright
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    Society and Social Issues
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    RTÉ One
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    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)