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Will I wed again? Never say never, hints coy Miriam

COULD marriage be on the cards for Miriam Ahern?

A coy Miriam has refused to rule out tying the knot with her long-term partner Terry McCoy, saying "never say never".

In an interview with this month's edition of VIP Magazine, Miriam said she hasn't lost faith in marriage despite her split from estranged husband, former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

She gushed about her restaurateur partner Terry in the uncharacteristically candid interview.

"At this stage of my life I always say 'never say never'. But I'm not trying to hint at anything because to be honest we haven't really discussed it for the present," she revealed to VIP magazine.

"I'm really very fortunate to have met him and he says he's very fortunate to have met me as well, and we really do enjoy each other's company. I find him very interesting and we have a lot in common; my small interest in sailing for one. He loves it, enjoys racing with his team and they have been very successful over the last couple of years. He also plays golf and we have travelled a little bit together. We enjoy a lot of similar things.

"He has a great sense of humour," she said. "I think that is one of the big things when you are looking for someone and he ticks that box. He's very respectful as well. When I meet him, he's very interested in me and not just everything else that he has been doing, which is saying something because he is a very busy man at the moment."

Although she is no stranger to having a relationship in the limelight, she said that the media always kept a respectful distance during her split from Bertie Ahern.

"They were never too intrusive and I've always made the point that I'm not interested in speaking unless it is specifically for CARI [Children At Risk in Ireland], so they haven't bothered me too much," she added. "There is not so much interest in my private life any more and I'm very comfortable with that."

As mum to one of the most successful chick lit authors in the country, Cecelia, and Georgina, wife of Westlife star Nicky Byrne, she said that her daughters often come to her to seek advice on parenting.

"They have asked me from time to time - particularly in relation to food at different stages - and I really had to think hard to try and remember back," she said. "They laugh at me and ask how I could forget, but now they understand because they sometimes can't remember what they did last week. They really are very much in control and responsible for themselves.

"They are good girls, we trust and respect each other a lot. We wouldn't always agree on everything, but we do respect different points of view. I think that's the way you get on with all relationships."

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