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13th Jul 2023

Una Healy discusses motherhood as she hosts Ireland AM for the first time

Una Healy took on presenting duties this morning on Ireland AM, speaking about motherhood and the lack of daycare in Ireland.

The Saturdays singer stood in for Muireann O’Connell and as she joined Tommy Bowe and Alan Hughes on the couch, she was asked about motherhood.

Discussing the challenges around daycare in Ireland and the pressures of a working mum, Una said there was a “huge pressure” put on mums to balance work and family.

“You don’t want to give up your life just because you’ve had kids,” she said.

“I don’t know what I would do without the grandparents, but then again, I’m a single mother, that’s a whole other issue.”

Una is a mum to two children, 11-year-old Aoife and eight-year-old Tadhg, who she shares with her ex-husband Ben Foden.

Speaking recently about how she gets help from family in raising her children as their dad lives in New York, Una told Vogue Williams and Joanne McNally’s podcast, My Therapist Ghosted Me: “He lives in New York, and he only sees them like at summer and Christmas, so I am raising them with my parents basically and it’s not easy but it’s my life and it is how it is, and I love it.

“I love being a mother, I’ve always wanted to be a mother and I feel very blessed. I’m so proud to be their mother and they’re proud that I’m their mother.”

Una Healy was announced as the new Ireland AM co-host yesterday.