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Legendary career Former news anchor Anne Doyle tells Tommy Tiernan she "didn’t see the point” in getting married

The broadcaster spoke to Tiernan on Saturday night about her 33 year career and retirement in 2011

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Former RTE broadcaster Anne Doyle

Former RTE broadcaster Anne Doyle

Former RTE broadcaster Anne Doyle

Former RTÉ News anchor Anne Doyle has opened up about her decision to not get married or have children.

The newsreader, who hails from Co. Wexford, spoke to Tommy Tiernan on Saturday night about her legendary career that spanned 33 years before her retirement in December 2011.

Anne revealed that she is “honoured” to have been a newsreader for as long as she did. 

“I struggled through for 33 years. So, I managed to hang on as long as Jesus Christ did,” Anne laughed, “It’s an occupation that I was honoured to do and I have huge regard for the people who do it.

She also told Tommy that she “didn’t see the point” in getting married, a decision she made in her early 30s.

Anne said: “I suppose like most people I fell in love here and there along the way. I was never unfortunate enough to fall in love with somebody who was a disastrous human being, quite the contrary I was always quite fortunate.

“But I suppose I never really fell in love with somebody to a point where I felt like upturning my life and becoming a part of a married couple. Then as I got older and I suppose my views were quite broad anyway and quite frankly I didn't see the point."

On the subject of children, Anne opened up about her desire to not have any of her own despite growing up with six siblings.

The broadcaster explained: “I am definitely a fairly full-blooded woman. I’m simply throwing in that remark because in a way, it may give a rather clinical and rather cold perception when I say that I just never really particularly wanted to have children. And I’m not alone in that. 

“You know, there are many women for one reason or another simply don’t choose to have children. They live their lives differently and that brings its own joys and blessings. And I suppose it also brings its own sadness and loneliness but everything that you do in life, will bring the flipped coin,” she added.

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