Government Chief Whip Kehoe rings in the New Year with new arrival
GOVERNMENT Chief Whip Paul Kehoe had an extra reason to celebrate the New Year with the arrival of his first son.
Little Eoghan was born just after 7.30pm to Paul and his wife Brigid, from Grenville Court in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford.
Weighing in at a healthy 4.04kg (8lbs 14 oz) he is a brother to Sinead who is 16 months old.
Paul was first elected to the Dail in May 2002 and appointed Fine Gael Chief Whip in October 2004.
He was re-elected last year and appointed Government Chief in March. The GAA supporter is also involved in the Irish handicapped children's pilgrimage trust.
Little Eoghan's arrival is in the midst of a baby boom which saw 73,724 births recorded in 2011. Ireland currently has the highest birth rate in the EU.
Dublin hospitals saw nearly 30,000 births in 2011, with only 30 delivery beds.
The baby boom, which has happened at a time of recession, has meant that there are now 35pc more babies delivered at the Rotunda hospital compared to five years ago.
On Sunday, mother-of-four Dr Rhona Mahony (41) took up the post as Ireland's first female master of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street and admitted that running the hospital in a time of budget cuts would be a "huge challenge".