Wednesday 16 October 2019

Baby joy for Jen and fiancée Ruth

Ruth Davidson and Jen Wilson with baby Finn Paul at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary
Ruth Davidson and Jen Wilson with baby Finn Paul at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

Anna Hayes

There was joy for the Scottish Conservative Party leader Ruth Davidson and her Wexford-born fiancée Jen Wilson on Friday when they welcomed their first child to the world.

On Friday morning, the 39-year-old political leader gave birth to Finn Paul Davidson, who weighed 10lb, 1.5oz.

Ms Wilson said the newborn 'clearly has his mother's lungs on him!'

Messages of congratulations for the couple came in from political leaders including British Prime Minister Theresa May, Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, DUP leader Arlene Foster, and An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

The couple, who got engaged in 2016, have been together since 2014. Ms Wilson (37) grew up in Wexford town and works as in marketing in a green Scottish energy charity.

She left Ireland in 2003 as she felt she could not truly be herself, despite the support of family and friends. In previous interviews, Ms Wilson said that being gay was not something that was openly discussed or seen as acceptable in Ireland at the time, adding that she needed to go somewhere where she would not be constantly looking over her shoulder out of fear that someone from her home town would see her with a partner or in a gay bar.

The couple got engaged in Paris where Ms Davidson proposed to the Wexford woman. They announced in April of this year that they were starting a family.

The couple made a public call for a 'Yes' vote in the 2015 marriage equality referendum in Ireland, saying at the time that they would like to get married in Ireland.

Gorey Guardian