Donegal-based activist Eileen Flynn has become the first female Traveller to be elected to the Oireachtas.
Ms Flynn was appointed to the Seanad on Saturday following nomination to the Labour panel by TD Thomas Pringle and the three People Before Profit TDs.
Ms Flynn, aged 30, has lived in Ardara since 2018, where she and her husband Liam White are raising their daughter.
She has worked as an activist and community development worker for many years, championing equality and human rights for Traveller women and girls, along with housing rights and anti-racism.
Having grown up in the Labre Park Traveller housing site in Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ms Flynn has worked to break down barriers for her community.
She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University and has been involved with the Irish Traveller Movement, the National Traveller Women’s Forum and Ballyfermot Traveller Action Programme.