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DUP councillor Tommy Jeffers dad again at 73 and 'couldn't be happier'

First Minister Arlene Foster and former MLA have congratulated the Lisburn and Castlereagh councillor

By Ali Gordon

Published 09/05/2016

Councillor Tommy Jeffers (DUP) celebrates his election.
Councillor Tommy Jeffers (DUP) celebrates his election.
Tommy Jeffers and son David Samuel Jeffers

DUP councillor Tommy Jeffers told of his joy after becoming a dad again aged 73.

Tommy and 45-year-old wife Catherine welcomed baby David into the world last week.

“Everyone’s doing fine — we’re very happy,” the father-of-three told Sunday Life.

The couple tied the knot in a low-key ceremony three years ago and Tommy revealed that they “couldn’t be happier” with their new arrival.

“We’ve called him David Samuel because we both liked the names but there are bits and pieces of family names in there too,” said the two-time Mayor of Castlereagh.

“There’s some members of Catherine’s family and some of mine who have the names David and Samuel so it’s not directly after anyone in particular, but there are some family links in there.”

Baby David was born at The Ulster Hospital, close to the family’s Dundonald home, weighing in at a healthy six pounds and two ounces.

“The staff in the maternity ward at The Ulster were fantastic, they couldn’t have done more for us,” said semi-retired Tommy who turns 74 next month.

“The midwives made sure we had everything we needed and looked after Catherine and the baby so well. They were under pressure but they were absolutely fantastic.

“Of course I was glad to have Catherine and the baby home but they were well looked after while they were in hospital.

“Catherine had a C-section so she has been told she has to rest but other than that, we’re all doing well.

“I’m trying to get her to behave herself. She wants to be up and about but with the C-section, she has to be careful.

“I’ve been looking after her as best I can but I keep telling her she has to take it easy but she doesn’t listen. I would need to invest in some rope or a chain to make her rest!”

Granddad Tommy already has two grown-up children from his first marriage to Jean, who sadly passed away seven years ago.

His 49-year-old son Stephen Jeffers is one of Northern Ireland’s best known chefs who runs Belfast Cookery School, part of the Mourne Seafood Bar group. Up until 2012, he ran the award-winning Jeffers By The Marina on Bangor’s Gray’s Hill with wife Lisa.

“My children and the rest of the family have been great — they are all delighted,” said Tommy, who has spent more than 20 years in local politics.

“They just couldn’t wait to meet him.”

A self-confessed “older dad”, Tommy isn’t letting his age get in the way of enjoying his precious moments with new  son David.


He said: “It’s fantastic to be able to have a bit more time to spend with him while he’s a baby.

“I suppose many younger dads are straight out to work, like I was before, but I’m only part-time now working for the council, so I actually have a bit more time to spend with him and Catherine that I maybe wouldn’t have had before.

“A lot was made of it when people first found out that we were expecting but we couldn’t be happier.

“We’re all just delighted with the new arrival and I’m so pleased and relieved that both Catherine and the baby are healthy, that’s the main thing.”

Just days after baby David was born, the Lisburn and Castlereagh councillor was showing his support for local elected east Belfast DUP representatives Sammy Douglas, Robin Newtown and Joanne Bunting at the Stormont elections last Thursday.

“I finished canvassing the week David was born so it’s been a busy couple of weeks,” said Tommy.

“The DUP did very well in the elections so we were all delighted.

“It’s been a great week.”

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