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The Justice Minister will step aside for six months' maternity leave but is seen as a future leader of Fine Gael

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Justice Minister Helen McEntee and her husband Paul Hickey are expecting their first child in May. Photo: David Conachy

Justice Minister Helen McEntee and her husband Paul Hickey are expecting their first child in May. Photo: David Conachy

Justice Minister Helen McEntee and her husband Paul Hickey are expecting their first child in May. Photo: David Conachy

The ear-piercing sound of the Dáil voting bell is ringing through the Dublin Convention Centre and Helen McEntee is laughing behind her pink face mask. The Sunday Independent has just asked her if she wants to be Fine Gael leader.

"I am ambitious," she responds in what can only be viewed as a clear declaration of intent. The usual caveats follow. "But what I would say at the moment is that my ambition spans to my ambitious justice plan for 2021.


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