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'Amazing support' Former RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird reveals Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis

'Thanks to all my pals for their amazing support. And the kindness from so many people'


Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird

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

The veteran journalist tweeted that he had spoken recently “about issues with my voice”.

“I now know why,” he added. "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."

Last month, the 72-year-old revealed he had turned down multiple interview requests of late due to speech issues.

In September he said: "Declined two radio interviews today on Don Tidey kidnap and shoot out which I reported on at the time.

"Why - over the past four months I’ve had major issues with my speech. Despite series of tests still don’t know what is going on. Thanks to my pals for their support. Stay safe."

Mr Bird joined the national broadcaster in 1974 as a researcher in Current Affairs and went on to take up roles as chief news correspondent and Washington Correspondent.

He retired from RTÉ in 2012, after his final broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1's Marian Finucane Show on 26 August.

Mr Bird has continued his work in journalism as a documentary maker, as well as being an author and playwright.

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Motor Neurone Disease is an uncommon condition that mainly affects people in their 60s and 70s and is caused by a problem with cells called motor neurones in the brain. These cells gradually stop working over time. It is not known why this happens.

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