Simon Harris and wife welcome new baby boy

Minister says he will be taking paternity leave to ‘get to know this new little man’

Cillian is Simon Harris and his wife Caoimhe’s second child, they also have a daughter Saoirse. File Photograph: Maxwells

Cillian is Simon Harris and his wife Caoimhe’s second child, they also have a daughter Saoirse. File Photograph: Maxwells

 

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has announced the birth of a baby son.

Posting on Instagram, the Minister said he and his wife Caoimhe had on Wednesday “welcomed Baby Cillian into the world”. Cillian is the couple’s second child, they also have a daughter Saoirse.

“Caoimhe and baby doing great and Saoirse delighted to be a big sister and looking forward to meeting him soon.”

Mr Harris thanked all of the staff at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, Dublin.

The Fine Gael TD said he will be taking paternity leave for a few weeks to “get to know this new little man”.

In a previous post he said Tánaiste Leo Varadkar would be taking any of his department’s business to Government during the time while Minister of State Niall Collins would be carrying out his day-to-day work in the department and Labour leader Alan Kelly would be providing a pair for Dáil votes.