Sunday 18 February 2018

Aine Lawlor signs off Morning Ireland to undergo medical treatment for cancer

Aine Lawlor and Morning Ireland co-presenter Cathal Mac Coille
Aine Lawlor interviews Taoiseach Bertie Ahern in 2006 on Morning Ireland from the Hotel Westport in County Mayo
The Morning Ireland team: Rachel English, Cathal Mac Coille, Aine Lawlor and Aoife Kavanagh reporters

WELL KNOWN RTE journalist Aine Lawlor ended today’s Morning Ireland programme with a farewell as she undergoes medical treatment for cancer.

The mother-of-four didn’t specify the nature of her illness on air, but shocked listeners just before 9am when she said she was “taking a break for medical treatment”.

It is understood that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

She has worked for the national broadcaster since 1984 and has presented the nation’s most listened to radio show for the last 16 years.

She will be off air for an unspecified period of time while she undergoes treatment.

Morning Ireland has 460,000 listeners daily and is regarded as RTE’s flagship current affairs programme.

A Trinity College graduate, Ms Lawlor (49) was president of the students’ union and is married to RTE producer Ian Wilson.

RTE did not specify what kind of cancer Ms Lawlor is suffering from and asked that her privacy be respected.

In a statement the broadcaster said: "We can confirm that RTÉ presenter Áine Lawlor is undergoing treatment for cancer. She will be continuing to work and is positive about the outcome. She would be grateful for privacy during this period."

Just last month Ms Lawlor chaired a questions and answers session at Trinity College where four patients charted their individual cancer journeys at a major conference on cancer care.

She is an accomplished gardener and has often spoken of how plants are her second love after radio.

Over the course of her career she has worked on the Pat Kenny show, Today at 5 and Today Tonight at RTE.

She was the narrator on the highly acclaimed States of Fear programmes that lifted the lid on abuse in residential institutions in Ireland.

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