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'Crossroads' RTÉ's Claire Byrne says hectic work schedule is 'taking a toll' on her

The Irish broadcaster is currently juggling a popular weekday radio show and a prime time current affairs TV show on Monday nights.

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Claire Byrne

Claire Byrne

RTÉ’s Claire Byrne has said that her hectic work schedule is “taking its toll” on her.

The Irish broadcaster is currently juggling a popular weekday radio show and a prime time current affairs TV show on Monday nights.

Speaking to the RTÉ Guide, Claire admitted that she feels like she’s at a “crossroads” in her career, especially since she’s also mother to three young children.

The presenter said: “I need to ask myself how I want to live my life. I’m not embarrassed to say it’s taking its toll on me. Of course, I realise I’m in a really privileged position.

“I’m doing a job I love and I’m well paid for it, but I’m not being honest if I don’t say it’s exhausting or that I’m not seeing enough of my children.

“The children hate when I leave on Monday afternoon as I usually try to get home after the radio show for a couple of hours.

“I try to rationalise it by saying that lots of mammies and daddies have to work every night and this is just one night.

“And because Claire Byrne Live is performing so well in its time slot, the final decision will most likely be mine. That’s the crossroads I’m at.”

Claire said that she has been rethinking what she wants in life ever since her father Tom died in June.

“In the lead up to my father’s death, and ever since, I’ve been thinking that life is really short – eighty odd years and so I’m more than halfway there. The thing is I really love working, my great passion after my family.

“So, I don’t want to cut my nose to spite my face, but at the same time I’m constantly fighting exhaustion and I don’t want to be in that position long term.

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“I might have to come to a point where I make a decision if there isn’t a capacity there to move the TV slot.”

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