Saturday 22 October 2016

'It was such a relief when TV3 was sold', says Xpose's Aisling O'Loughlin

Aisling O'Loughlin
Aisling O'Loughlin
Aisling O'Loughlin and Gillian Hennessy

There's been a lot of flux in TV3 over the past few months, and Aisling O'Loughlin said it was a relief when the station was sold last week.

The Xpose presenter is hoping to move in a different direction over the coming years, and said everyone is happy the station is now secure.

"It was a huge relief, I have to say. It had been spoken about for months, and moral has really lifted in Ballymount as a result," she said.

"It's great to know we have that backing now, and I think everyone feels a lot more secure."

Aisling was due to front new magazine show Life with Sybil Mulcahy, but says "there was no oxygen for it".

"Shows come and go. We talked about it, it looked like it was going to happen, but then we were in a very tricky situation with TV3 as it was for sale at the time," she said.

Instead, Aisling has continued to front the flagship entertainment show, and says she would like to move into a different style of show soon.

"I'm still on Xpose and I love it, but of course everyone wants their career to progress," she said.

"I need time to think - Xpose is so busy, you're going from one place to the other.

"I need to put my finger on my forehead, roll it around and come up with an idea.


"I think for anybody in the industry we're always looking for progression and to see what's next, but it's waiting for the right gig."

Last week, Aisling said she would be taking some time off this summer to focus on her family.

The blonde beauty has two boys, Patrick (3) and 18-month-old Louis with her partner, Nick MacInnes.

"It's intense, the whole motherhood and working thing," she said.

"People are always like, 'Can you balance it?' Well, the answer is, 'No, I cannot balance it'. I don't balance it well at all.

"I'm taking unpaid time off next month. I'm using my parental leave, and I'm lucky the company offers that.

"I've got really flexible bosses who are great and look after me."

Aisling warns those thinking of starting a family to enjoy their free time as much as possible before the children arrive.

"Have your fun done, because once they arrive you're very limited - even taking them on a plane can be horrific. They are a disaster zone," Aisling warned.

The 36-year-old was joined by her two boys to launch the Boots Parenting Club.

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