Two long-standing deputies have made their final Dáil contributions during statements on the report of the banking inquiry.

During his final speech to the House, former Labour leader Pat Rabbitte referred to the work he had done for the DIRT Inquiry.

The Dublin South West TD was leader of the party from 2002 to 2007, and most recently served as Minister for Communications.

He lost his Cabinet position in a reshuffle after the new leader, Joan Burton, was appointed.

Pat Rabbitte addresses the Dáil for final time

Also making his final address to the House, Socialist Party TD Joe Higgins paid tribute to all those who had worked behind the scenes during the banking inquiry.

The Dublin West TD decided not to run in the election last year.

He was first elected to the Dáil in 1997.

Deputy Higgins lost his seat in 2007, but became an MEP two years later.

He regained his Dáil seat in 2011 and has promised to remain active in politics.

Joe Higgins addresses the Dáil for final time