Sunday 17 December 2017

Today FM apologises to journalist after Aslan's Christy Dignam said the report of his cancer returning was an 'exaggeration'

Christy Dignam of Aslan
Christy Dignam of Aslan
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Today FM has apologised to journalist Ken Sweeney after Aslan's Christy Dignam claimed his article stating Christy's cancer had returned was a "load of garbage".

The singer appeared on the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on June 12 and said, "There's no emergency happening because I'm dancing."

News of his cancer returning broke in the Irish Sun on Sunday and Christy received an outpouring of support following the publication of the interview.

He told the newspaper, "I got a terrible shock. I got the result from my monthly blood test that I’m most afraid of. It was the worst news I could get, that this negative protein is growing inside my body.

"All I can do now is more chemo but I’m not confident. Your blood develops an immunity to treatment so there’s no guarantee it’s going to work."

However, on Monday morning he said the news was an "exaggeration".

Ken Sweeney subsequently released the audio of the interview with Christy on social media in which Christy can be heard saying his cancer is back.

Today FM read out an apology at the end of the Ian Dempsey Breakfast Show on Tuesday and have deleted the podcast of the interview with Christy on June 12.

Christy (57) was diagnosed with Amyloidosis, a blood cancer, in 2013 and underwent chemotherapy at the time.

Christy is currently working on an album with Finbar Fury and is aiming to play the Iveagh Gardens on July 7 with Aslan.

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