A south Armagh-born MP has shown he is Labour through and through – after delivering his own baby daughter on the living room floor when she decided to put in an early arrival.
Conor McGinn – who is the MP for St Helens North – did so while he was coached over the phone by medics on Friday evening.
The 32-year-old – who is originally from Camlough – sprung into action when wife, Kate, went into labour.
He later said he and Kate were “delighted at the birth” of little Neasa Constance McGinn, saying: “Mum and baby are doing very well.”
Conor McGinn was elected MP for St Helens North in 2015 but stood down earlier in October as a Labour whip following a party reshuffle.
He broke the news of Neasa’s birth on social media, saying: “Dad is only slightly traumatised after delivering the baby on the living room floor when she decided to arrive a bit quicker than expected… so quickly in fact that she beat the ambulance to it, meaning I had to have a crash course in midwifery over the phone with a 999 call handler!”
And he joked: “Those “Labour delivers all year round” leaflets will take on a new meaning in St Helens.
“Neasa is healthy and content and we feel very lucky and happy to have her.”
Little Neasa’s grandad is the former Mayor of Newry and Mourne District Council, Pat McGinn.
He too is thrilled with the new addition to the family, a second grandchild.
Pat – a keen athlete who has raised money for charity with his various ventures – completed the Dublin Marathon today.
And he immediately celebrated the achievement as he crossed the finishing line.
He tweeted: “This one has to be dedicated to my new grand daughter Neasa Constance McGinn, her mum, dad & Tomás óg.”
We would like to wish the family well and every blessing on their new arrival.
— Pat Mc Ginn (@PocFada) October 30, 2016