Three deputies recall how they came to stand for election for the first Irish parliament.

Aindreas Ó Gallchoir's programme 'An Chéad Dáil 1919' interviewed surviving members of the first Dáíl. In this extract Ernest Blythe, Robert Barton and James Ryan recall how they were chosen as Sinn Féin candidates for the 1918 election and were subsequently elected to the first Dáil (Irish Pariament).

Ernest Blythe who stood for election in Monaghan despite only having been in the county once says, "Without knowing practically anybody in the county, I was selected and elected."