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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Sinead 'doing well' after brain haemorrhage

SINEAD Desmond's TV3 colleagues feared the star had fallen victim to meningitis when she became ill at the television station.

Fellow Ireland AM host Mark Cagney today spoke of their shock when bubbly Sinead began feeling unwell at the Ballymount studios in Dublin 24 yesterday morning.

"We got a nasty shock yesterday because, quite frankly, we did not know what was going on. It happened about half past nine.

"She started to feel ill and nauseous and people thought 'blood sugar drop' and some people thought it was meningitis because she was having a problem with light but quite honestly we didn't know," Mr Cagney revealed.

He said the initial prognosis on Sinead's condition is not as bad as was feared.

"While she certainly has had a minor brain haemorrhage it appears as if our fears have thankfully been allayed and she will make a recovery. All we want to say is we wish her all the very best and she is in our thoughts and our prayers and I hope that she is fighting fit and back on her feet as quick as possible," Mr Cagney added.

He referred to media speculation about Sinead's illness and "some lurid headlines in the newspapers".

He said her condition has been "diagnosed as a minor haemorrhage".

"We haven't heard anything from the doctors as yet -- they are waiting to do more tests -- but we're very optimistic and we wish her well. It was a bit of shock," Mr Cagney told viewers on this morning's Ireland AM.

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Elaine Crowley stood in for Sinead on today's show.

Sinead began to feel and look unwell shortly after coming off the air and colleagues called an ambulance.

She was rushed to Tallaght Hospital but then transferred to Beaumont.

In a statement, TV3 said she was "doing well" and that they are all optimistic she will make a full recovery.

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