Friday 19 January 2018

It's a prime time for mum-to-be Claire

Claire Byrne and fiance Gerry Scollan at the VIP Style Awards recently
Claire Byrne and fiance Gerry Scollan at the VIP Style Awards recently
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

LIFE is set to get a lot busier for RTE broadcaster Claire Byrne as she becomes a mother for the first time later this year.

The 'Prime Time' presenter and her fiance, IT technician Gerry Scollan, will welcome a new baby in the autumn.

News of the couple's engagement broke a few months ago after Byrne was spotted wearing a sparkling engagement ring while on air.

Now it has been revealed they are expecting their first child together.

The 36-year-old Co Laois native has been dating Mr Scollan since last year and they made their first public appearance together at the VIP Style Awards in March 2012.

And Byrne is under no illusions about what life will be like juggling motherhood and a high-profile radio and television career.

"I think Ireland is a difficult place to be a working mother," she said earlier this year when asked if she wanted children.


"I don't think we've got the childcare thing right at all, the costs are way too high. It's a huge issue, something policymakers need to be aware of.

"If it does happen for me, it'll be a challenge. Particularly when you work in a business where the hours are so long and the demands on you are so great."

However, when it comes to baby advice she will have no shortage of tips from her 'Prime Time' co-presenters Miriam O'Callaghan, a mother of eight, and Pat Kenny, who is dad to two girls.

It has been a whirlwind few months for the broadcaster since she confirmed her engagement.

Speaking at the time, she said: "Both myself and Gerry are really happy. We've made no wedding plans yet and just want to enjoy this part of the story."

It will be Byrne's second time to walk down the aisle following her previous marriage to radio executive Richard Johnson, from whom she split in 2006.

Irish Independent

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