Lucinda gives birth to girl with husband by her side
FORMER European Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton has given birth to a baby girl.
Her husband, senator Paul Bradford, was present at the birth at Holles Street maternity hospital in Dublin.
The new mother and baby are "all well", according to a family friend.
Ms Creighton has worked right through her pregnancy, attending the Dail, appearing on current affairs shows and promoting the Reform Alliance.
The grouping, made up of five former Fine Gael deputies and two senators, held its first public conference in the RDS in January.
Ms Creighton (34) and Mr Bradford (48) met in 2008 and some 20 guests attended their wedding three years ago.
"We didn't want a big hoo-hah. It is a very private and personal thing and we didn't want loads of people who didn't know us there. It was particularly special because it was so small," she explained at the time.
They were both expelled from Fine Gael for defying the party whip and voting against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill last July.
Ms Creighton had previously enjoyed a high-profile role as Minister for European Affairs.
Along with her husband and other ejected Fine Gael members, Ms Creighton set up the Reform Alliance with the aim of changing the way politics works.
When former PD minister Tom Parlon suggested that having a baby will limit Ms Creighton's capacity to set up a new party for the time being, she was quick to respond.
"I think his comments are from a different century. I think they are completely out of touch with the 21st Century and out of touch with what women can and can't achieve– whether they are married or not, or having children or not," she said.