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Saturday 30 August 2014

Miriam O'Callaghan: I can relate to Sharon Ni Bheolain's 'difficult situation'

Kirsty Blake Knox

Published 05/03/2014 | 00:04

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Miriam O'Callaghan

Broadcaster Miriam O'Callaghan has revealed she was once a victim of stalking.

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The 'Prime Time' presenter said she could relate to colleague Sharon Ni Bheolain's recent harassment case as she had been through something similar in the past.

"Sharon has been in a difficult situation with that stalker and I completely understand why she was so upset," O'Callaghan told the Irish Independent.

"There was an issue a few years back, but it was dealt with.

“I didn't talk about it at the time because it got resolved and it went away."

The RTE host felt a degree of empathy for the stalker involved in her case.

"To be fair; it's often people who are sad and lonely in their own lives."

O'Callaghan believes female broadcasters are particularly vulnerable to harassment and should “tread softly and carefully”.

"I do think when you're a female on screen you have to be very careful," she said.

"Most of the time it's absolutely fine, but there can be people who develop obsessions and you have to tread softly and sensitively. You have to be aware of that."

O'Callaghan was speaking at the launch of Stand Up! Awareness Week against homophobic and transphobic bullying in Ireland.

"I think it's very important as young people grow up they need to have confidence in themselves and confidence in who they are," she said.

"So to be part of today and part of something the Minister of Education is supporting is something I am very proud of."

Stand Up! Awareness week is organised by 'BeLonG To'; Ireland's national organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender young people and will run from March 10 - 14.

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