21 February 2006

Baby joy for Sinn Féin MEP


21/02/2006 - 10:37:06

Sinn Féin MEP and General Election candidate Mary Lou McDonald has given birth to a baby boy, it emerged today.

Ms McDonald, who will battle the Taoiseach in his own Dublin Central constituency next year, named her son Gerard Patrick after her father.

The birth took place in Dublin at 6.45pm yesterday.

A Sinn Fein spokesman said: “Mother and baby are doing well.”

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams wished the Ard Chomhairle member well during his presidential address to delegates at the party’s Ard Fheis last weekend.

The MEP and her husband, Martin Lanigan, already have a daughter.

Ms McDonald was selected in December to run in Bertie Ahern’s Dublin Central constituency at the next General Election.

Sinn Fein councillor Nicky Kehoe was just 79 votes short of the last candidate elected in the four-seater in 2002.

The other TDs in the constituency are Dermot Fitzpatrick (Fianna Fail), Joe Costello (Labour) and Tony Gregory (Independent).

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