Alan Hughes pops the question to partner Karl on ?Ireland AM?

3rd Nov 15 | Weddings

TV3 presenter Alan Hughes got down on one knee on air on Ireland AM this morning to propose to his long term partner, Karl Broderick.

TV3 presenter Alan Hughes got down on one knee on air on Ireland AM this morning to propose to his long term partner, Karl Broderick.

The proposal comes hot on the heels of the Marriage Bill 2015 being signed into law in Ireland.

Although the pair, who have been together almost 22 years, are already civil partners, Alan wanted to make their commitment to one another officially equal.

Speaking today after proposing to long term partner Karl, Alan said: "I just felt it was the right time with the week that’s in it, with the passing of the Marriage Bill. Karl proposed to me after Celebrity Salon and I just felt this was the right time to make my feelings clear to him – and what better place than the Ireland AM set, which is very much like home, surrounded by my TV family.”

It was a tense time for Alan as the referendum was approaching earlier this year. Although Alan was actively campaigning for a ‘Yes’ vote, as a presenter on TV3, he couldn't be too vocal about his views on air.

"I found it tough. Obviously I couldn't comment too much. As a broadcaster, we have to be seen to be impartial on these matters, but it was an incredibly emotional time for me and I was so happy when Ireland voted yes."

When presented on air with the proposal, a shocked Karl said: "Everybody keeps saying ‘are you going to get married now’ and I just keep joking saying ‘well somebody needs to ask somebody!’ I’m in shock! Speechless for once."

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