The sun was shining over the newly refurbished Leinster House today as 160 TDs made their way through the gates.

It was like the first day at school for 48 new TDs.

The seasoned politicians arrived with a spring in their step for the opening day of the 33rd Dáil.

There was no shortage of entertainment when Independent TDs and brothers Michael and Danny Healy Rae sang the Rose of Tralee, while playing the tin whistle and accordion.

While their musical interlude delighted supporters from the Kingdom, stalled motorists enjoyed the festivities less.

One Limerick County TD Richard O'Donoghue made an entrance when he arrived in style in a black 1953 Plymouth vintage car.

TDs were flanked by their families and supporters who came to help celebrate the occasion.

Fine Gael TD Frank Feighan, who will take his seat in the Dáil after four years in the Seanad, arrived with his wife and two young children.

"I'm very excited and very honoured and very privileged and looking forward to a long Dáil for the next five years," he said.

Looking slightly nervous, Fianna Fáil Cork TD Christopher O'Sullivan made his way to the gates of Leinster House with a suitcase in tow.

"We had a bit of an induction yesterday so we got to take a look at the Dáil chamber, when you see the portraits of the men and women that have been there before us, it's quite daunting but incredibly exciting."

Notably he walked in separately to his partner Social Democrats Cork TD Holly Cairns, who was eager keep the focus off their relationship.

"I think the real story of the Cork south-west election is that a first time Social Democrat TD took the Fine Gael seat in Michael Collins' home constituency, so I'd rather more focus on that."

Independent TD Mattie McGrath said he was excited to be elected for a fourth time.

Asked about which parties he would like to see make up the next Government, Mr McGrath was not pulling any punches when he likened the term "coalitionology" to "codologoy".

He said: "Their egos must be massaged by now, they should be in talks, the election is over and people expect a Government to be formed so they can get on and look after the real problems of the nation."

Some TDs opted to sneak in with a nod and a handshake, but others were eager to make an entrance.

All 37 Sinn Féin TDs gathered on Kildare Street and entered the grounds of Leinster House together.

The party's leader Mary Lou McDonald beamed as she posed for photos.

The entertainment didn't stop there, inside the chamber 160 TDs took their seats for the first time.

The bells rang out in Leinster House for six minutes before a secret ballot on the next Ceann Comahirle.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl, who was re-elected after a landslide victory, gave a brief history of his robes, telling the house that they were once the subject of a Freedom of Information request.

Seán Ó Fearghaíl is congratulated by Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar (Pic Oireachtas News)

Prompting laughter from TDs, he said they were so old that nobody knew how much they cost and he also admitted they had never been dry-cleaned until recently.

After the first proper day on the job for the 48 new TDs, the Dáil adjourns for two weeks.

They will be hoping a Government can be formed so they can make their mark in politics and in the 33rd Dáil.

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