Eileen Flynn: ‘As a Traveller woman, I was undermined in the maternity hospital’

Parenting in my shoes: The Senator hopes her daughter will be part of a more positive, inclusive Ireland

Eileen and Billie.

Eileen and Billie.

“I didn’t believe that I had to go with someone because of culture,” Senator Eileen Flynn says speaking about her husband Liam Whyte. “It was actually strange. I only told Liam once that I was a Traveller and we never spoke about it again. He respected my way of life and I respected his way of life.”

Eileen first met Liam at a protest seven years ago, but the pair only became a couple in 2017. In 2018, they married and their first child Billie was born 11 months ago.

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