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.
'History' was made in the Dáil when Clare TD Violet-Anne Wynne brought her 7-month old daughter Collins into the chamber.— RTÉ News (@rtenews) September 21, 2022
Ceann Comhairle Séan Ó Fearghaíl commented that it was the first time an 'actual' baby was in the Dáil pic.twitter.com/awD4CZWJTs
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".
A little bit of history in the Dáil chamber tonight. Fellow Clare TD @WynneTd has returned from her maternity leave and brought her beautiful little baby, Collins, into the chamber. We think Collins might just be the first ever baby (or, in the words of the Ceann Comhairle… pic.twitter.com/8ycTQbOGoQ— Cathal Crowe T.D. (@CathalCroweTD) September 21, 2022
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.