Monday 19 November 2018

'There are plenty of men in media who wouldn't have what you would call a stunning face, but that's never mentioned' - Mairead Ronan

Get Blown Away ISPCC Mairead Ronan
Get Blown Away ISPCC Mairead Ronan
Mairead Ronan at the RTE New Season Launch 2017

Sean O'Grady

RTE presenter Mairead Ronan has voiced her frustration at women in the media being "judged too quickly on their looks".

The Dubliner, who presents travel show Getaways, reckons her male counter- parts don't have to put up with the same preoccupation with their looks that women in front of the camera do.

"In a lot of jobs, women are judged on their face more than their performance," she said.

"Now I can't name names, but there are plenty of men in media who wouldn't have what you would call a stunning face, but that's never mentioned. Yet women are judged on what they wear, how their hair is done and their overall appearance, rather than being the person who simply suits the job."

Mairead is mum to Dara (9) and one-year-old Eliza and has said that being a mother is her favourite job.

"You know all those horror stories you get when you have your first child?" she said.

"Dara was just this angelic baby who sailed through all the various phases and was never ill, so I had this incredible introduction to motherhood because of that.

"Of course, there's the obvious stuff like being tired, but no one escapes that and it's short-lived. As crazy as it sounds, I enjoyed those sleepless nights."

Although Mairead would love to have another child, she can't say it will happen and is savouring every minute of Eliza's baby years.

"I don't know whether I'll be having another child, so I was very appreciative of the baby phase. Eliza's first year has gone by in a flash," she told the RTE Guide.

"I'm not sure if that's on the cards, but I do love babies and everything about them - their looks, their smells, they're just little wonders."

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