THE journalist at the centre of a garda investigation into alleged sexual contact with minors is seriously ill in hospital.
It is understood that the sports writer from a national newspaper is receiving intensive round-the-clock treatment at a Dublin hospital.
Sources said that the man, who was involved with a Dublin GAA club, suffered serious brain and heart trauma.
He was rushed to hospital on Monday after complaining of heart pains.
He has been attending a psychiatric hospital since allegations that he was involved with an under-age girl first emerged several months ago.
A second allegation that he was inappropriately involved with a young girl subsequently emerged.
Gardai have not yet been able to interview the journalist about the complaint because of his medical condition.