Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl declared that "history" had been made in the Dáil tonight, when Deputy Violet-Anne Wynne brought her new child into the chamber.

The Independent TD for Clare, and her seven-month-old daughter Collins, were given a big round of applause.

Deputy Wynne then took her Dáil seat as the weekly block votes were taken, with several TDs taking photos as the child tested out the chamber's long thin microphones.

Among those who greeted the Dáil's youngest visitor was Minister for Children Roderic O'Gorman.

Fellow Clare TD Cathal Crowe said in a tweet that "a little bit of history was made in the Dáil chamber tonight".

Deputy Wynne, who left Sinn Féin earlier this year, gave birth to her baby daughter in January.

The mother-of-six was first elected to the Dáil in February 2020.