'It's a horrible position to be in' - TV3's Sinead Desmond opens up for the first time about 'brutal' marriage break-up
TV3's Sinead Desmond has opened up for the first time about the "brutal" experience of a marriage break-up.
The Ireland AM presenter parted ways from her businessman partner David Ryan in 2013 and kept the separation under wraps for several months.
"Marriage breakdown, separation and divorce, the whole lot of it is brutal. It is heart-breaking, soul-battering and confidence-shattering," she told the RTE Guide.
"But - and it's a big but - no one died and someone going through all this will, hopefully, come to understand, as I have, that you've been given a second chance to live the life you want," she said.
"Yes you will fall apart, I know I did. But with the support and love of family and good friends... you will slowly begin to put yourself back together again.
"Then, if you really want to and you're lucky, you can find someone who you'll be truly happy with," she added.
The journalist also spoke about the difficulties she encountered when it came to filing for a divorce from her ex-husband.
She said that the current legislation doesn't do anyone "any favours".
"It's a horrible position to be in. It's not a choice people take lightly, and the laws simply don't serve those going through it as well as they could," she said.
"If anything, they prolong the agony and make it prohibitively costly for some."
She said that she now feels she's the "better for it all" after the experience.