Green Party councillor Pippa Hackett has been elected unopposed to the Seanad.

The election followed the departure of the party's Grace O'Sullivan from the Seanad after she won a seat in the European Parliament earlier this year.

The Green Party was the only party which selected a candidate for the vacancy.

The election of Ms Hackett was confirmed by the Clerk of the Seanad Martin Groves today.

In a statement Ms Hackett said: "I will be a voice for women, for our natural environment and heritage, and for the welfare of our animals."

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan TD said Pippa Hackett brought experience as a "mother, farmer and councillor".