Tuesday 21 November 2017

I would have loved an Xpose job-share option, says Lorraine Keane

Lorraine Keane at The Harvey Nichols Autumn Winter 15 Fashion Show -photo Kieran Harnett
Lorraine Keane at The Harvey Nichols Autumn Winter 15 Fashion Show -photo Kieran Harnett
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

UTV Ireland's Lorraine Keane has said that she would have considered job-sharing if it meant being able to stay on at TV3's Xpose.

She stunned viewers in April 2009 after she announced her departure from the showbiz programme she had anchored from the beginning.

But while saying that she "never regretted" her decision for one second, she said something like the three-day working week that Karen Koster has, wasn't an option for her at the time.

"I think had I been able to job-share or work less hours, then it would have been something to consider at the time," she told the Diary.

Lorraine added how she found the demands of being a full-time working mum to Emilia (12) and Romy (9) just put too much pressure on her and musician husband Peter Devlin.

"It was really hard. The juggle is a struggle. My girls, at the time, were only three and six, so for me, the demands on me were huge. With my family being so small, it just wasn't doable at the time," she said.

"I was entertainment correspondent and I was staffed, so it was a very difficult decision to leave my own show - that I had done from the very start - as well as my TV3 family.

"It's all different now to when I was there, and I think that it's wonderful that those kind of options are available now. I'm delighted for Karen that she was able to go back on the three-day week."

Lorraine added how she's happy she left the station on good terms after being there for 11 years, and wouldn't have a "bad word" to say about any of her former colleagues.

She'll be back on our small screens on UTV Ireland this March with a celebrity-based show that sees her taking to the road and quizzing well-known faces for her new programme.

While saying she can't divulge too many details at this early stage, Lorraine did say it was going to be an "intimate" show that would be more investigative in nature.

The style queen is also taking a leaf out of Pippa O'Connor's book and running her own style sessions, Keane on Style.

She said what started out as small workshops offering beauty and skincare and fashion advice had "just snowballed".

Her next session will take place at the City North Hotel on January 30 and has already sold 400 tickets, with Lorraine saying she can't believe the interest.


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