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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Mum's the word as overdue Jennifer Maguire takes her leave

Jennifer Maguire with her Breakfast Republic co-presenters KeithWalsh (left) and Bernard O'Shea on her last day at work
Jennifer Maguire with her Breakfast Republic co-presenters KeithWalsh (left) and Bernard O'Shea on her last day at work

RTE's Jennifer Maguire has left her 2fm breakfast show slot to go on maternity leave - three days after her due date.

Maguire will be swapping her early morning radio show for early morning feeds as she prepares for the arrival of her first child.

The presenter (34) continued presenting Breakfast Republic over the past few weeks despite being nine months pregnant.

The Republic of Telly star finally went on maternity leave from the show yesterday, having worked right past her due date last Monday.

Former Apprentice contestant Maguire revealed that despite the fact she could have her baby at any moment, she still did not want to leave the show.

"I don't want to go because then it becomes real," she said on air. "I'm going to miss all of this - all of the texts we get in, all the laughs and the craic."

Her co-presenters Bernard O'Shea and Keith Walsh also said that they will miss their colleague.

"I think we must be only guys in a workplace who got coffee brought into us daily by a nine months pregnant woman," Walsh joked.

The mum-to-be was given a bouquet of flowers as she left the studio by 2fm colleagues.

However, the Breakfast Republic crew joked that they are not letting the hard-working radio star take too much time off.

"See ya @JenniferMaguire! Enjoy your week off!" they tweeted.

busy

Maguire has been busy recording voiceovers for her RTE2 show, The Unemployables, with Darren Kennedy on Tuesday afternoon.

Speaking this week, she said she has been spending as much time as possible with her husband Lau Zamparelli before the baby arrives.

"I'm trying to use this time to tie up loose ends and spend as much time being a couple before we become a threesome," she said.

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