Independent Donegal senator and social activist, Eileen Flynn, has announced the birth of her second daughter Lacey with a post on social media.
Lacey Mary Whyte - Born at 6:21 am on 16.9.2021 ♥️— Eileen Ní Fhloinn (@Love1solidarity) September 17, 2021
Liam and I are over the moon. Lacey and I are well. Thank you to everyone for your well wishes and congratulations. pic.twitter.com/EWVJSOBjTh
"Lacey Mary Whyte - Born at 6:21 am on 16.9.2021. (Husband) Liam and I are over the moon. Lacey and I are well," she wrote in the post this afternoon.
Senator Eileen Ní Fhloinn is a Traveller rights activist of more than a decade's standing, and has campaigned on anti-racism issues, marriage equality, housing and women's reproductive rights.
She became a Senator in 2020, upon being nominated by Taoiseach Mícheál Martin, following a narrow loss in that year's Seanad elections — a campaign that garnered support from numerous activists and organisations, as well as Irish folk legend, Christy Moore.
Her ascension to the role made her the first Traveller to serve in the Oireachtas in the State's history — focusing on continuing her work in activism and advocacy, including chairing the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Key Issues affecting the Traveller Community.