“It’s difficult…” Maura Derrane on managing her long distance relationship with husband John

The pair have one son together

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Maura Derrane has spoken about her and husband John Deasy manage their long distance relationship.

The RTE presenter, who has been married to her husband for over 14 years, is based in Cork with her five-year-old son Cal, while John splits his time between Dublin and the US.

Maura, who presents Today with Maura & Daithi alongside Daithi O Se, says despite the difficulties, the pair know exactly how to make it work.

“It is what it is. It’s difficult if John is away and I’m on my own doing everything. I get straight in from work and Cal is there and I put him to bed. But loads of people are in the same boat.” Maura told The Sunday Independent.

John, who is the current US Envoy and TD, is in the midst of a busy political year – and Maura says she can’t let his political standing get in the way of her work.


Maura Derrane kissing


“We never want to be a power couple,” she says.

“I don’t want to be perceived as political. On the show we talk about different news stories and people having a hard time getting services for their kids, for instance. I can’t be backing up the Government just because Fine Gael are in power.”

The 48-year-old recently opened up about how welcoming their son Cal really changed how the view their relationship.

“We are two people who both have high profile, high pressure, high everything jobs. But we have been like this throughout our relationship,” Maura said.

“It was different when it was only about the two of us because then you could concentrate on yourself, and your marriage of course, but really on yourself, especially if you’re career minded. Then you have a little person in your life that you have to care for and that’s the end of it being about you.

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