TV3 broadcaster Mark Cagney was recovering at home today after he was rushed to hospital while on air.
The father-of-four complained of chest pains, and his colleagues on the breakfast programme decided to call an ambulance as a “precautionary measure”.
He was rushed to Tallaght Hospital, but tests showed that he had not suffered a heart attack as initially feared.
Cagney (58) began to feel unwell shortly before 8am, with an ambulance arriving 20 minutes later.
Speaking yesterday afternoon, the TV presenter’s wife Audrey said her husband had a scare.
She said his Ireland AM colleague Aidan Cooney rang her with the news, and she rushed to her husband’s side.
Tests conducted at the hospital confirmed everything was “okay”, Audrey said.
Audrey said her husband will take the next week off from work.
A spokesperson for TV3 said the Ballymount station hope to see him back soon.
“Mark’s feeling well and a lot better now but you have to be proactive in cases like this as he did mention chest pains.
“We imagine that he’ll be taking a bit of time off now to fully recover. But we’ll be looking forward to seeing him back on TV as soon as possible,” she said.
Mark had turned up for work at 5.30am – his normal starting time – and didn’t report any problems.
However, shortly before 8am, and before he was due on air, he told his Ireland AM colleagues he felt unwell and was experiencing chest pains.
This prompted concerned staff to call an ambulance.