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New mum Claire back in hotseat at Prime Time


 ON AIR: Star Claire Byrne

ON AIR: Star Claire Byrne

ON AIR: Star Claire Byrne

IT was business as usual for RTE star Claire Byrne last night.

The radio and TV presenter cemented her return from maternity leave as she resumed her host slot on current affairs show Prime Time.

And there was no easing herself back into things slowly as she found herself in the middle of a busy show.

It was the first time for the new mum to return to her TV slot following the birth of her son Patrick in October.

She was back on her RTE Radio 1 programme Saturday with Claire Byrne at the weekend, but her return to Prime Time proved a tougher task.

The 36-year-old presenter performed a one-on-one live interview with politician Lucinda Creighton regarding the Reform Alliance.

The busy programme for the first Prime Time of 2014 also saw her chairing an audience debate on what sort of Ireland we want to build for our future.

Claire was welcomed back to the show by co-hosts Miriam O'Callaghan and David McCullagh.

"The team are really delighted to have Claire back," an RTE spokesperson told the Herald.

"It's great to have her presenting again alongside Miriam O'Callaghan and David McCullagh."

David joined his female co-hosts on the programme after the departure of Pat Kenny to Newstalk in September.

Laois native Claire took just 12 weeks of maternity leave from RTE to have her baby Patrick as she is self-employed.


"While it would have been great to take a lot of time off, that's not available to me because I work for myself," she told the Herald.

"But there are a lot of people who come back quickly after having a baby and make it work."

It will be a busy year for the working mum who will host Morning Ireland as well as Prime Time and her radio show.

However, Claire revealed she plans to tie the knot with partner Gerry Scollan later this year.

"Myself and Gerry were talking about this over Christmas and we decided that we might look at doing it towards the end of the year," she said.