Newly elected Mayor of Fingal Cllr Eoghan O’Brien is celebrating on the double after he and his wife Lynn welcomed their baby son into the world on Friday.
The Fianna Fail representative, who topped the poll in Howth-Malahide, became proud dad to little Oisin O’Brien on the same day he donned his chain of office.
Oisin arrived four weeks early and was born at 11:41pm on Friday, just hours after the new council held its inaugural meeting to elect a Mayor and Deputy Mayor.
A beaming Eoghan told Dublin Gazette: “My head is still spinning. You’d be alive a long time to find a day like that with two huge events one after the other.
“Little did I know that being elected Mayor of Fingal would be the second-best thing that would happen to me that day.
“Lynn was in the gallery at Friday’s meeting and there’s been speculation that the excitement might have brought on an early labour!”
Cllr O’Brien will take up his mayoral duties once he catches his breath, with newly elected Clonsilla-based Cllr Tom Kitt (FF) voted in as Deputy Mayor.
He revealed that baby Oisin, who arrived into the world weighing in at 6lb 8oz, will spend some time in the Intensive Care Unit because he was born prematurely.
He said: “He was four and a half weeks early and there’s a couple of small things that we were told are par for the course, difficulty with breathing, and they are monitoring other things as well.
“He’s still in the Neo-Natal ICU and there’s a possibility he’ll be in the Rotunda beyond when Lynn is discharged. But he’s doing well, all things considered. Lynn is healing up well also.”
Lynn was in the gallery at Friday’s council meeting along with the couple’s two-year-old son, Tadhg, and Eoghan’s extended family.
He explained: “Lynn headed on home after the meeting and I was going across the road with council colleagues and staff.
“I got a call at 8pm to say she was in the car with her dad on the way to the Rotunda. Luckily my folks were still in Swords having a meal and they dropped me in.
“I got there at 8.45pm and Oisin was born at 11.47pm. I’m still reeling from it all. I’ve already had to lean on my Deputy Mayor who, in fairness, is only in the door as a newly elected councillor.
“But my colleagues have been incredibly helpful. Everyone has been brilliant.”
Cllr O’Brien has been a member of Fingal County Council since he was co-opted in 2007 to fill the seat vacated by his TD brother, Darragh.
Originally from Malahide, he now lives in Kinsealy and works as a business development representative with FMCG.