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Norah quits breakfast slot to spend time with son


Norah Casey. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Norah Casey. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Norah Casey. Photo: Gerry Mooney

NORAH Casey is to step down as co-host of Newstalk's Breakfast show.

The former Dragon's Den presenter took up the radio job last September, but has decided to focus on family life and spend more time with her 13-year-old son Dara.

"I made the decision a few weeks ago," she said last night.

"Dara is coming into his Junior Cert year and I want to support him and spend time with him before the study begins.

"Getting up at 4am can really drain your brain power, so I needed to cut back."

And Dara was pleased with his mum's decision.

"He was delighted– he gave me lots of hugs when I told him."

Norah (left) will host a Newstalk weekend show scheduled to start this September.



"I have no idea what it will be about. I am interested in so many subjects – business, music, current affairs and, of course, I love fashion and lipstick like any other woman."

Norah (49) said she felt the need to reassess her priorities following the death of her husband, Richard Hannaford.

"This is the second summer since Richard died.

"Last summer was very difficult for both of us, so I wanted to take time for ourselves this summer."

Richard died in October 2011 following a short battle with cancer and Norah says she used work as a crutch to cope with her grief.

As well as presenting Breakfast five days a week, Casey is the CEO of Harmonia publishing group.

She also has a number of commitments with RTE, including a Friday slot on the Today show and a reality TV show, The Takeover.

Her Breakfast co-presenter Chris Donoghue said he understood Norah's decision to leave.

"A three-hour daily breakfast show is tough and demanding, even with a brilliant team behind you.

"I'm glad she's not leaving the station, though, as she has the radio bug and loves to broadcast."

Journalist Shane Coleman is expected to take the reins for the coming weeks before a new appointment is made.