RTE’s Derek Mooney has come out for the first time to admit publically that he is gay.
The ‘Mooney Goes Wild’ presenter has said he never kept his sexuality hidden, but never wanted to talk about it until now.
“I’m a guy who presents a radio show and that’s it,” he tells the new issue of the RTE Guide.
“I feel I shouldn’t have to talk about my private life, It should be about what I’m doing for a living.”
The 45-year-old presenter, was famously outed by comedian Des Bishop during an interview with Ray D’Arcy in 2006, but the presenter said he was not comfortably talking about his sexuality at the time.
Reacting to being asked about how he felt about being outed, he said: “Out where? I was never in.”
The presenter said he always knew he was gay, but described the experience of growing up gay in 1980’s Ireland as being very different:
“It’s not like now when kids can be themselves and that’s the most important thing. It was a very different country then.”
The Winning Streak presenter tells the magazine he turned down the chance to act as best man at friend Alan Hughes’ wedding to Karl Broderick as he has a fear of public speaking, but said that he would like one day to have a civil partnership and settle down:
“I’d consider anything. I’m 45 now and so I had better get my skates on,” he said.