RTÉ confirms Laois presenter Claire Byrne has coronavirus Covid-19

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly

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Claire Byrne

RTÉ has confirmed that Laois native and Claire Byrne has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

In an email today, Monday, the Mountrath native said: "I am well now and through the peak of the condition and I want to thank everyone who has been in touch with me to express support and in particular, those in RTÉ who spent their weekend dealing with issues that arose as a result of my diagnosis."

She co-presented Claire Byrne Live on RTÉ on Monday night while in recovery.

Ms Byrne co-presented her last show while in isolation at home on Monday, March 16. She confirmed during that show that she was awaiting the results of a test.

Her previous show in-studio was presented on Monday, March 9 when the Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney was a guest. He has tested negative.

Covid-19 has an incubation period of up to 14 days.

During the show, she interviewed Ireland's first resident who was confirmed as having Covid-19.

Dr Carmen Regan also spoke out about the need for more action from the Government.

Staff were informed by management on Saturday that a case had been confirmed at the station.