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RTE's Claire Byrne: 'I really admire some of our politicians - but I could never understand why you’d want that kind of life'

Published 23/09/2015 | 17:58

RISING STAR: Claire Byrne admits that juggling a successful career with motherhood is difficult
RISING STAR: Claire Byrne admits that juggling a successful career with motherhood is difficult

RTE presenter Claire Byrne says she and her husband approach parenting "like a business" - but it’s still "tricky" to juggle a pressurised career with the demands of motherhood.

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“It’s not just difficult for women with young children, it’s difficult for both men and women with young families,” she said.

“Gerry and I have the same juggle in both our lives. There are two of us in it - but we mange things between us.

“It is kind of like running a business, where you’re texting one another other all the time, to see who’s going to do the crèche pickup, and who’s going to manage different parts of the day.”

Claire Byrne
Claire Byrne
Claire Byrne

Speaking to independent.ie, she said they are both lucky to have “good structures in place”, for when they are unable to directly attend to child minding duties.

“It’s tricky, but it’s tricky for everybody.

“I do wonder what I was doing during all those years, when I didn’t have children, and when I thought I was really busy.

“I would complain about being busy, but now I actually am really busy, with capital letters.

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“It is a full-time juggling act. But I am also lucky in that my work is quite flexible.”

Claire Byrne
Claire Byrne

And looking at the long distance future - the inquisitor of so many of our politicians - says embracing a full-time political career holds no attraction for her on a personal basis.

"I just wouldn’t enjoy the lifestyle,” she added.

"I’ve never had any ambitions of that nature. I really admire some of our politicians - but  I could never understand why you’d want that kind of  life."

"It wouldn’t be for me.”

She was speaking at the inaugural Tiffany Ireland Funds Lunch in Dublin’s Patrick Guilbaud restaurant.

The event, which was also attended by Renua leader, Lucinda Creighton, and Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of National Maternity Hospital, raised funds and awareness for the work of the Worldwide Ireland Funds.

Former Chair of the American Funds for Ireland, Loretta Brennan Glucksman, was honoured for her work in securing more than $300m for the foundation over her tenure of 17 years.

She and her late husband, Lew, personally donated $30m to various organisations in Ireland.

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