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Sunday 19 November 2017

What's Sheana playing at, wanting back into ring with Blathnaid?

'Keep your friends close and your enemies closer,' goes the old saying. Perhaps, dare I say, that's what Sheana Keane was thinking when she said she'd work with Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh again.

The former Afternoon Show co-hosts were embroiled in a long-running public saga when Keane famously accused Ni Chofaigh of bullying. A media frenzy and HR nightmare was whipped up en route and Ni Chofaigh soon left the Afternoon Show couch citing medical reasons.



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According to Keane, the pair haven't talked for a year. However, in a recent interview she said she could work with her former nemesis again. It beggars belief.

What kind of rapport can you have with a co-host when you've possibly spent the better part of the past two years seething about her? Likewise, how would viewers take their reunion?

Every conversation would be investigated for sub-text, every look analysed.

"I decided that I was simply in a tornado and it would land," said Keane. Now it would seem she wants to return to the tornado's eye, in this case, her flame-haired nemesis's side, and court controversy all over again.

"The whole situation has been one of the greatest learning curves for me, and Blathnaid has been one of my greatest teachers," she said.

To me, Keane's words smack of Stockholm Syndrome, or Montrose mentality. Consider the current career landscape for the female RTE presenter. Quite simply there's a glut of telly girls on RTE's books and a dearth of shows for them.

Could Keane's decision to let bygones be bygones possibly be just a deep-seated fear of being landed with the National Lottery slot?

"Human beings need our boundaries and to be comfortable that they should never be penetrated," continued Keane, a trained psychologist, quoting what sounded like a line from a course book.

Perhaps we should salute Keane's maturity and willingness to forgive. But she's certainly not willing to forget. In the same interview she talked about how the episode almost compromised her mental health.

"This is your moment where you can either go into paranoia, depression, phobias; this is the moment where the brain will switch over," she said.

The question is: would Blathnaid work with Keane again?

Besides, as all women know, even when grievances have been aired and hugs have been administered, resentment still lingers.

Even when a feud has been mended, we mind our steps and watch our words.

As Keane might even say herself: sometimes boundaries are best kept maintained.

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