Ming to become a dad for the third time
MEP Luke 'Ming' Flanagan is set to become a father for the third time.
The politician and his wife Katie are expecting in September. The couple are already parents to daughters Isabelle (10) and Katie (8).
The MEP, who splits his time between Europe and Roscommon, said that he would be taking some paternity leave from his post in Brussels to welcome the new arrival, telling the Herald: "Public policy begins in the home."
He has also revealed how he wants to see an Independent take over his former seat in the Dail. While a by-election for the seat has yet to be called, the former TD has thrown his support behind newly-elected Galway county councillor and turf cutter rights champion Michael Fitzmaurice.
"Michael Fitzmaurice, chairman of the Turf Cutters and Contractors Association (TCCA), would in my opinion be the ideal TD for this area," he said.
"If he runs I will be backing him to the hilt. Michael was described in a phone conversation with Enda Kenny back in 2012 as a true patriot for his work on proposals to solve the Bog situation.
"I look forward to the distinct possibility that Michael Fitzmaurice would get an opportunity to do Leader's Questions with Enda Kenny. It is an encounter which our Taoiseach would most certainly not relish."
The newly-elected MEP said that if Mr Fitzmaurice chose not to run, he would be hoping that another Independent candidate would run.
The by-election must be called by November.
Mr Fitzmaurice said he had not yet decided if he would run, but added that he was positively considering putting his name forward.