‘I don’t believe in being at the opening of every envelope’

Minister Brendan Griffin: “It pulled at the heartstrings”

KERRY TD Brendan Griffin has told how his young son asked him if he would still be his daddy when he was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

Commenting on the impact a busy political life can have on a young family, he said it was by far the worst part of the job.

When Taoiseach Leo Varadkar phoned Deputy Griffin (35) at his Castlemaine home to tell him of his promotion, he told the news to his four-year-old son, Micheál, and the child replied: “Does that mean you won’t be my daddy anymore?”

“We spent the weekend reassuring him that I will always be his daddy and Brendáin’s daddy. It pulled at the heart strings,” he said in an interview in today’s Irish Independent.

In the immediate aftermath of the general election last year, Deputy Griffin said he looked forward to spending time with his family before the new Dáil resumed.

He said his young son at home would no longer have to look at a poster near his cot to remind him what his dad looks like as the time leading up to the election was so hectic.

When he first entered the Dáil, Deputy Griffin and his wife, Roisín, who is his secretarial assistant, didn’t have children but Micheál and Brendáin have since arrived into the world.

“I’m really feeling it now and feel I am missing an awful lot,” he said.

“I don’t believe in being at the opening of every envelope. I don’t do the funeral circuit. I don’t do some of the things the other guys do and then get benchmarked against it,” he added.

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