Wednesday 29 March 2017

Anne sets her sights on move into legal world

BACK TO SCHOOL: Anne Doyle at the Sensations TV Now Awards. Photo: Brian McEvoy
BACK TO SCHOOL: Anne Doyle at the Sensations TV Now Awards. Photo: Brian McEvoy
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

RTE newsreader Anne Doyle is preparing to go back to college and enter the legal world when she leaves RTE.

The nation's favourite newscaster revealed her long-term ambition to swap the bright lights of television for the drama of a courtroom.

Speaking at the launch of the Walkers TV Now Awards, where she is up for the award for Favourite News/Current Affairs presenter for the third year running, she said: "I would eventually like to go into the legal profession. I have given it serious thought and it's something that I will do when I have more time.

"Wouldn't it be great to mount constitutional challenges just for sport? While not depending on it for a living? I wouldn't have a problem going back to college to study for it either. I'm sure I wouldn't frighten any of the young things," she smiled.

"But constitutional law is one of the toughest, as I understand it, so I don't know if I'd have the brains for it. But I'm sure if I put my mind to it I'd be very capable."

Although she refused to say when her time in RTE would come to an end, she said: "I won't be there forever but I'll do it for as long as I'm enjoying it." And despite the fact that the newscaster is one of Ireland's most seasoned, she also admitted she still gets nervous before the red light comes on.

"I always get really edgy and cranky just before I go on air. Still to this day. But my colleagues are very good and understanding and they know if I do that it's just because I'm focused."

The RTE legend also laughed off suggestions that she might one day tie the knot with long-term partner, businessman Dan McGrattan.

"I'm far too young to be thinking about marriage," she smiled. "I'm fine the way I am and if I haven't done it this far, I don't see why I should have to do it in the future."

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