Minister for Justice Helen McEntee only began maternity leave yesterday, and this morning it's been reported she has given birth to a baby boy.
It is understood her baby was born last night at the Rotunda Hospital at around 9.20pm.
She is the first minister in the history of the State to take maternity leave or give birth while in office.
Minister Heather Humphreys has taken over the justice portfolio on a temporary basis while Ms McEntee is on maternity leave.
Minister of State Hildegarde Naughton will be temporarily assigned to the Department of Justice and will be delegated responsibilities.
Minister McEntee will be re-appointed Minister for Justice when her period of maternity leave ends on November 1.