TV3 star Aisling O'Loughlin has opened up about her return to work admitting she can't afford to be a stay-at-home mum.
The Xpose host will return to her full-time gig next month for the first time since her other half and the father of her two children, Nick MacInnes, was diagnosed with leukaemia.
The 35-year-old (pictured left) said she has developed a close bond to her two young sons as a result of becoming their full-time carer while Nick underwent intense bouts of chemotherapy.
Aisling was glad that her maternity leave, following the birth of four-month-old Louis Alexander, coincided with Nick's diagnosis, but she will now find it especially difficult to leave them behind.
The mum of two, who will return to the Ballymount broadcaster in May after six months' maternity leave, told the Herald that she would love to take more time off if it was financially possible.
"If I had sponsorship from a Sheikh in Saudi Arabia, I would consider it, but it's not even a consideration because it can't be," said the mum to baby Louis and son Patrick Nicholas (2).
"Because Nick has been in hospital a lot of the time, I have gotten really attached to my sons so it's going to be hard to leave them."
The slender blonde, who got back into the swing of work at the launch of the Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for young people, ruled herself out of applying for the annual redundancy scheme rolled out by TV3 last week because of financial reasons.
"I wouldn't because there just isn't enough income coming in."
Photographer Nick is currently at home with his family as he prepares to undergo chemotherapy for a third time and Aisling is confident of a complete recovery.