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Apprentice hopeful Jane has nothing to prove in business, says husband

SHE'S working hard to show Alan Sugar she's worthy of becoming The Apprentice

But Jane McEvoy's proud husband says the mum-of-one has already proven herself in the world of business.

Jane (28) - right, in red - the only Irish contestant on the BBC's Apprentice, comes from a clear business background but family is at the root of it all.

Jane is married to Gary (32), and the couple are proud parents to three-year-old son Harry.

In fact, it appears having Harry proved to be inspirational to their business. Their firm, Family Foods, was set up on the day their son was born. "That was February 2009. The company started off employing just Jane, myself and my brother. Now it employs 18 people in Clonmel, Co Tipperary," Gary told the Herald.

Family Foods supplies own-brand soup and garlic breads to Supervalu and Centra. The couple are currently appearing on Supervalu's new ad campaign.


Jane, who hails from Drakelands in Kilkenny, and Gary, originally from Johnstown, Kilkenny, now live in Ballyfoyle. Jane comes from a strong business background, and dad Martin Gibbons owns Gibbon's Removals and Storage in the city.

And in the unlikely event that Jane's business fails to take off, she could always try her hand at politics, as it's in her blood.

Martin revealed Jane's great grand uncle Sean Gibbons was elected to the first Dail in 1923 where he served as a TD for 12 months for the Cumann na nGaedeal party (now Fine Gael). In the 1930s he was elected to the seventh Dail as a Fianna Fail TD.

Jane's grand uncle Jim Gibbons also served his time in the Dail chambers. The Fianna Fail man handled the Agriculture and Defence portfolios during his time in office between 1957 and 1982. Jim's son Martin was also a TD for the Progressive Democrat party during the '80s.

Martin added: "Jane is a hardworker, she has integrity -- she'll deliver what she says she's going to deliver. She's definitely a determined lady. No isn't a part of her vocabulary."

Gary hasn't worried about his wife coming under pressure in the competition. "I know that she'll be well able to handle herself," he said.