Former RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease 1 month ago

Former RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease

The veteran broadcaster took to Twitter to reveal his diagnosis.

Former RTÉ journalist and broadcaster Charlie Bird has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

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In a post on Twitter on Wednesday morning (27 October), Bird stated:

"Recently I spoke about issues with my voice. I now know why.

"I have been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Thanks to all my pals for their amazing support.

"And the kindness from so many people. Stay safe everyone."

Bird worked for the national broadcaster for 38 years, having joined the company in 1974 as a researcher.

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Over the years, he would gain a reputation as one of the country's foremost reporters, working in current affairs and a brief stint as Washington correspondent.

Bird retired from RTÉ in 2012.

Replying to Bird's tweet, RTÉ's Miriam O'Callaghan praised Bird's "incredible character, strength and courage" as she wished him well.

"I am so very sorry to hear this Charlie," O'Callaghan said.

"It is great that you are surrounded by such love and support. Your incredible character, strength and courage will be of immense benefit to you now.

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"I wish you the very very best."

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