SocDem leader Holly Cairns announces she’s expecting first child

Holly Cairns Pic: Lili Forbeg for VIP Magazine

Congratulations are in order for Social Democratic leader, Holly Cairns as she is expecting her first child.

She announced the news on social media with a picture of herself with her partner, Barry.

The TD wrote: “Some personal news this Saturday, news that has been getting harder and harder to keep under wraps (quite literally) so here goes…

“I am overjoyed to let you know that my partner Barry and I are expecting a baby.”


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She went on to say: “We are so happy and feel so lucky because this is something we have wanted for a long time.

“While I’m delighted to share this news now, I was initially hesitant because like so many other couples hoping to start a family, ours has not been a straightforward journey. But all the signs look good for this pregnancy so we are really hopeful.”

She added: “I’m definitely not the first woman to juggle work and a baby, but I also know I have a very unique job as leader of a political party. That’s why more than ever, I feel very grateful to belong to a party who are so supportive of parents and passionate about making sure we get #MoreMná into politics.

“I feel so lucky to have such a great team around me, and this, along with the amazing results from last weekend, makes me more excited than ever to lead the Social Democrats into the next election.”

Holly Cairns Pic: Lili Forbeg for VIP Magazine

She concluded by revealing that she is expecting a baby girl.

She appeared on Miriam O’Callaghan’s radio show over the weekend where she discussed suffering several miscarriages on her pregnancy journey.

“We’ve been trying for some time, so we are absolutely delighted,” she admitted.

She explained that she had two miscarriages, telling Miriam: “It is something that we know happens to quite a lot of people. I think it is one in three women experience it, and we just do not hear a lot about it.”


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She explained that she wanted to speak about her struggles to make other people feel “less alone” adding: “You’re not the only one going through it”.

“I think that makes me feel maybe a little bit vulnerable as well announcing this pregnancy because I think when it happens a couple of times, you’re kind of weary that it might happen again, but everything is looking good for this pregnancy too.”

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