Wednesday 16 August 2017

'My Ann Louise would be immensely proud' - Katherine Zappone receives Seal of Office

Katherine Zappone receives her Seal of Office from President Michael D Higgins
Katherine Zappone receives her Seal of Office from President Michael D Higgins
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Minister Katherine Zappone has received her Seal of Office from President Michael D Higgins today, as she renews her position as the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs.

Last week, the other newly elected ministers received the honour but Ms Zappone was mourning the loss of her wife Dr Ann Louise Gilligan.

"Honoured to receive Seal of Office from @PresidentIRL today...my Ann Louise would be immensely proud," Ms Zappone wrote on Twitter.

The Children's Minister was heartbroken when her wife passed away from a sudden illness last week.

The couple have been together since 1981 and married in 2003.

Ms Zappone said Dr Gilligan was an "educator extraordinaire" who taught at St Patricks, Drumcondra and DCU.

Dr Ann Louise Gilligan (left) with Katherine Zappone. Picture: Tom Burke
Dr Ann Louise Gilligan (left) with Katherine Zappone. Picture: Tom Burke

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