Min­is­ter mar­ries hisMin­is­ter sweetheart Caoimhe

Wicklow People - - NEWS - By ES­THER HAY­DEN

LOVE was in air last Fri­day as Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris tied the knot with his long-term sweetheart Caoimhe Wade from Gorey.

The cou­ple who got en­gaged last July were mar­ried at St Pa­trick’s Church, Kilquade by Si­mon’s un­cle Fr Michael Cahill in the pres­ence of their fam­ily and friends as well as a num­ber of key po­lit­i­cal fig­ures.

Caoimhe from Cour­teen­cur­ragh, Gorey, is the daugh­ter of Michael and Ann Wade from Wade’s Pharmacy on the Main Street in Gorey. The cou­ple have been to­gether eight years.

Per­haps it is fit­ting that 30-year-old Si­mon was ap­pointed as Min­is­ter for Health last year as Caoimhe is a car­diac nurse for in­fants at Our Lady’s Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren in Crum­lin.

Mem­bers of the cabi­net in at­ten­dance were Tanaiste Frances Fitzger­ald; Fi­nance Min­is­ter Paschal Dono­hoe; Min­is­ter for For­eign Af­fairs, Si­mon Coveney and wife Ruth; for­mer Taoiseach Enda Kenny and wife Fion­nu­ala; Min­is­ter of State at the de­part­ment of De­fence, Paul Ke­hoe; Pa­trick O’Dono­van, the Min­is­ter of State at the De­part­ment of Tourism and Sport; and Mary Mitchell O’Con­nor, Min­is­ter of State at the de­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion and Deputy Kate O’Con­nell.

Also amongst the guests were for­mer Ire­land in­ter­na­tional Damien Duff and his wife Elaine.

Taoiseach Leo Varad­kar, due to Gov­ern­ment com­mit­ments, was un­able to at­tend the cer­e­mony but he joined the re­cep­tion af­ter­wards at Ti­nakilly House, in Rath­new.

The groom wore a white rose in his but­ton hole and ar­rived with brother, best man, Adam Har­ris, the autism cam­paigner. The other grooms­men were Niall Brennan, Si­mon Dono­hoe and Robert Magee

The bride wore a sweetheart beaded white dress by Sharon Hoey and brides­maids Ruth Wade, Gemma Har­ris, Laura Kinch and Mar­ion O’Brien wore long black chif­fon dresses with spaghetti straps.

Caoimhe is one of four chil­dren and has a sis­ter Ruth and two broth­ers Brian and Ciaran.

Si­mon is the son of Bart and Mary and has a sis­ter Gemma and brother Adam.

Just an hour be­fore he walked up the aisle, Min­is­ter Har­ris launched an in­de­pen­dent re­view into vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions’ role in the public health ser­vices, led by for­mer top EU of­fi­cial, Cather­ine Day.

The Health Ser­vices Ex­ec­u­tive con­grat­u­lated the new­ly­weds, writ­ing on Twit­ter: ‘Con­grat­u­la­tions to Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris @Si­monHar­risTD and his beau­ti­ful bride Caoimhe as they cel­e­brate their #wed­ding­day.’

Caoimhe Wade with her father Michael and her brides­maids Laura Kinch, Ruth Wade, Gemma Har­ris and Mar­ion O’Brien.

Si­mon Har­ris and his brother (and best man) Adam ar­rive at the church.

New­ly­weds Caoimhe Wade and Si­mon Har­ris out­side Kilquade Church last Fri­day.

For­mer taoiseach Enda Kenny and his wife Fion­nu­ala.

Min­is­ter Mary Mitchell O’Con­nor.

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