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Charlie Bird reveals he has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease

The journalist says he was diagnosed after recent issues with his voice
Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

11.54 27 Oct 2021


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Charlie Bird reveals he has be...

Charlie Bird reveals he has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease

Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

11.54 27 Oct 2021


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Broadcaster and journalist Charlie Bird has revealed he has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

The 72-year-old journalist publicly announced his diagnosis in a tweet this morning.

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He said: "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."

Speech issues are listed among the symptoms of motor neurone disease, a condition that affects the brain and nerves.

In September, Mr Bird said he had declined two radio interviews due to having "major issues" with his speech for the previous four months.

He later said he had been "overwhelmed by the positive response" he'd received about speaking publicly about the issues he'd been facing.

Mr Bird spent 38 years across a number of roles in RTE, before retiring in 2012.

He has remained a prominent broadcaster and commentator in the years since retiring.

Main image: Charlie Bird. Photo: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie

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