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Sunday 11 December 2016

'It's not a good idea to criticise other women' - Byrne

Claire Byrne says all mums are simply trying to do their best Picture: Andres Poveda
Claire Byrne says all mums are simply trying to do their best Picture: Andres Poveda

Broadcaster Claire Byrne has joined the debate around women balancing careers with motherhood.

The RTE host (40) is mum to Patrick (2) and Jane (1) and knows all about the challenges of raising children while juggling a busy work schedule.

The Claire Byrne Live star was reacting to comments made by journalist Niamh Horan on Brendan O'Connor's TV show Cutting Edge.

Ms Horan said she doubts whether women have the ability to give their all to both motherhood and their careers.

She described the "have it all" generation of women as "being pulled from looking after young kids and the workplace, and can they really give either their all, 100pc? I would question that".

Ms Byrne said she is not a fan of women criticising each other.

"I think it's never a good place to be to criticise other women," she told the Herald.

"I don't think it's easy for anybody. I don't think it's a good idea to criticise other women and I would never do it. Everybody is just trying to do their best."

Gender

Ms Horan responded to the presenter's comments by saying that people should not withhold criticism of someone just because of their gender.

"Shielding one gender from criticism on the grounds of their gender alone is, ironically, a highly sexist position to take," she said.

"I believe we all have a duty to question and criticise the systems to which we are beholden."

Ms Byrne was speaking at the Women's Aid Impact Report of 2015.

The report recorded 16.375 instances of domestic abuse against women and 5.966 cases of child abuse.

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