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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Join UTV? That would be a step back, says Sinead

She's a stalwart on Ireland AM, and Sinead Desmond says she won't be leaving TV3 any time soon.

"I will stay at Ireland AM until I get bored, but it's difficult to get bored working on a live show," she told the Herald.

She also said she's not considering a move to UTV Ireland, where Newstalk's Pat Kenny will present a show.

"They seem quite small. It would feel like a step back - no offence to UTV, but they don't seem to be doing a huge amount of Irish programming," she said.

"They're kind of putting their toe in the water, but when you look at what TV3 does, we do so much. I think I'd be crazy to step away."

Sinead did, though, accept that she'd consider a move if the station offered her a flagship morning show.

"If they offered me a flagship programme I would obviously meet them for a coffee, anyone would say yes," she said.

"Opportunities are things you should never turn down in this business."

UTV did not respond to request for comment on Sinead's remarks.

Meanwhile, Sinead's home at Ireland AM has recently undergone a renovation with TV3 splashing out on a new set.

"The new set has re-energised the show, it's really cool," she said.

"They've put buckets of cash into the show and it's nice to see them reward us with a new set. They've gone all out, so work is really, really good."

surgery

Sinead also admitted she's delighted to have Mark Cagney back on air after he recently underwent a back operation.

The TV3 star had to take three months off to recover from the surgery.

"Mark is back so it's nice to have the family back together," said Sinead.

"Don't get me wrong, I had a great time working with Anton, we had a great laugh and I'd love to work with him again, but it's nice to have Mark back again."

Sinead is known for keeping fit since she suffered an aneurysm in 2008.

"I like training and I like being fit and I take lots of supplements," she said.

"But if do you this job you have to look after your health, which I learned to my detriment a few years ago.

"I wasn't looking after it and it took a toll.

"I kind of thought, you can't go out dancing until the wee hours and then get up for work at three o'clock in the morning, which was eventually going to take its toll anyway."

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