Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has given birth, becoming the first woman to do so while serving in Cabinet.
The minister gave birth to a baby boy last night.
It comes just a day after she began maternity leave.
Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys will become Minister for Justice while McEntee takes maternity leave.
It is expected that McEntee will be six months away from her post, to spend her due time with her son.