Helen McEntee Welcomes First Child Day After Maternity Leave Begins
After becoming the first sitting female minister to take maternity leave, Helen McEntee has made history again as she welcomes her first child.
She and husband Paul Hickey are celebrating the arrival of their baby boy who was born on April 28 and reportedly weighs 7lbs 8ox.
The news of the birth was confirmed by a close source, with the Independent reporting that they declared it ‘a good news day all around.’
Helen only began her maternity leave on April 27, waving to photographers from the steps of Leinster House as she left.
She has vowed that upon her return in six months time, she will be making maternity leave for politicians becoming enshrined in law a priority.
Helen said on her last day that she hopes she will see this opportunity extended to other Ministers, TDs, Senators and Councillors in the future and it won’t ‘just apply to me.’
The Citizens Assembly is currently looking into whether or not a change to the constitution is needed in order for this to be a reality for women in politics and is due to make its recommendation in June.
Helen thanked everyone for their support prior to giving birth saying that she has had, ‘nothing but positive responses from colleagues, from my community and constituents and from members of the public.’
‘It’s really important that women see other women in roles and positions being able to take maternity leave, being able to return to their jobs and return to the positions that they were working in before,’ she added.
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