Here's why #TurnOffPrimeTime was trending last night

Last night's episode of Prime Time has generated a huge amount of debate over the past few days after it was announced that Graham Linehan would take part in a discussion on transgender issues in Ireland.

Over 6,000 people signed a petition on asking RTÉ to remove the Father Ted creator from the show.

Graham Linehan has been a controversial contributor to the debate, engaging in long Twitter arguments with some commentators who accuse him of being transphobic, which he denies.

A protest was held outside RTÉ's studios ahead of the broadcast.

Supporters & members of the Transgender community protesting at RTÉ Studios. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins
Supporters & members of the Transgender community protesting at RTÉ Studios. Picture: Gareth Chaney Collins

#TurnOffPrimeTime was the top trending hashtag on Twitter last night as many people chose not to tune in.

Derry Girls actress Nicola Coughlan brought the hashtag to attention on her Instagram posting the below video to her 26.5m followers.

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#TurnOffPrimeTime #TransRightsAreHumanRights Please use the hashtag and join me on Twitter from 9pm 💖

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Also trending last night were the show's official hashtag #rtept, #SolidariT and #TransRightsAreHumanRights.

Here is just some of the reaction from Twitter.

If you have been affected by the issues raised in this article, here are some helpful contact details:

Gender Identity Family Support Line 01 907 3707

LGBT Ireland 1890 929 539

Pieta House 1800 247 247

Samaritans Ireland 116 123

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