The very first Dáil was hosted at the Mansion House in 1919. In 2001 a very different Dáil convenes.
Two hundred and fifty young people between the ages of 7 and 17 have made history at Dublin's Mansion House by taking part in the first Dáil na nÓg or children's parliament. The agenda for the trainee TDs includes subjects such as education, racism and leisure.
Ingrid Miley speaks to Laura Murphy Leas Cathaoirleach who is happy with how things are going. Ingrid also speaks to some of the young participants about their experiences and whether their views of politics and politicians have changed as a result of their participation in Dáil na nÓg.
Dáil na nÓg gives young people a chance to have their views heard by government and other groups making decisions about them.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was also in attendance and got a rapturous applause from the trainee TDs. He described them as the grassroots of this generation and that they would be the movers and shakers of the next.
An RTÉ News report by Ingrid Miley broadcast on 5 September 2001.