Sunday 22 July 2018

Dáithí Ó Sé: 'I think stay at home mums have to answer questions they never had to answer before'

Dáithí Ó Sé and wife Rita Talty
Dáithí Ó Sé and wife Rita Talty
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Dáithí Ó Sé feels the criticism that some stay-at-home mothers get is "unfair".

The RTE star (41), who is promoting this year's Rose of Tralee festivities, opened up about family life in a new interview with VIP magazine, when he was asked about his wife Rita Talty's decision to stay home and raise their three-year-old son Mícheál.

The trio live in Galway, while Dáithí travels around Ireland for work; namely, Cork where the Today Show is filmed, Dublin for select MC gigs and events and Kerry for the Rose of Tralee.

"Before Mícheál came, we talk about what was going to be best for him. I think stay at home mums have to answer questions they never had to answer before. It's very unfair," he told the magazine.

Daithi O Se and Rita Talty on their wedding day in 2012
Daithi O Se and Rita Talty on their wedding day in 2012

"To be honest, the way things are going, I'd be a mad man to give it up. It'll probably give me up at some stage and then we'll sit down and figure it out again."

Ó Sé is clearly basking in fatherhood, but said they will be keeping their family small so as not to upset the balance with their son, whom Dáithí gushes over at every opportunity.

"We're doing very well with the one we have at the moment. We're happy out and we'd be afraid if we went again that we'd upset the whole thing," he added.

"It's a great stage. He's having conversations with us now and some of the stuff he comes out with is unbelievable. He didn't have the terrible twos and he's halfway through the threes, so hopefully we've escaped that. He's a very easygoing, independent little fella."

Daithi O Se
Daithi O Se

And unsurprisingly, family comes first for the popular presenter, who has no qualms about turning down work in order to see his little boy grow up firsthand.

"I prefer to spend time at home with Micheal and Rita. I'm on the road a good bit, but there are days that work comes up that I don't take. There's no point in saving money for his college fund in 15 years passes by and I've missed him growing up. Family comes before career. you have to provide, but there is a cut-off point."

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