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Michelle O'Neill with Ryan and Saoirse: although Saoirse is 27 and Ryan is 22, she says her children ‘still need their mummy’

Michelle O'Neill with Ryan and Saoirse: although Saoirse is 27 and Ryan is 22, she says her children ‘still need their mummy’

Even though Michelle O’Neill’s daughter Saoirse is 27 and son Ryan is 22, she says her children “still need their mummy”.

“We’re all a bit like that no matter how old we are,” adds Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister. “It’s a different role insofar as they are older so it’s a different interaction but, as you know, from the day they come into the world you’re a mummy. I think even when they are big lumps,” she laughs “or they are older, they still look to their mummy.”

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