Sunday 16 June 2019

'I loved my job dearly, but not more than I loved my children'

Lorraine Keane, broadcaster and mother of Emelia (9) and Romy (6)

It's been over three years since Lorraine Keane left her job as presenter of TV3's Xposé, and she's still amazed at how unwilling people were to accept that she was leaving for the sake of her daughters.

"It was disturbing that people couldn't understand I was leaving my job to spend more time with my babies. What is so unbelievable about that?" she asks.

"Even months down the road, when it was very obvious that I wasn't going to the competition, they were still talking about bust-ups and tears in the newsroom and ridiculous things like that," Lorraine recalls.

Lorraine's daughters Emelia and Romy (with musician husband Peter Devlin) were five and two when Lorraine quit.

"I had a full-time nanny who was like their other mum. Peter's studio was at home, so they had their daddy. But it was me I felt sorry for because I was the one that was missing out.

"I loved my job dearly, but not more than I loved my own children," she says.

Now that both children are at school, Lorraine is free to pursue other interests. She's published her first book and toured with West End musical Girls Night.

"I've no regrets," she says. "I've still been able to earn a living and pay the bills. And I've had a good time with my girls."

Irish Independent

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