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LIVE BLOG: Large contingent of supporters accompany Cork South West TDs on first day in Dáil

March 10th, 2016 12:22 PM

By Siobhan Cronin

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Cork South West's two new TDs have joined re-elected TD Jim Daly today on the first day's sitting of the 32nd Dail.

Independent Michael Collins and his supporters travelled by bus from West Cork, leaving at 3am, while a bus of supporters for FF's poll-topper Margaret Murphy O'Mahony also landed on Kildare St in Dublin today.

 

Margaret Murphy-O'Mahony makes history: first woman TD in Cork South West.

Posted by The Southern Star on Thursday, 10 March 2016

 

Our next video below shows some of the West Cork contingent arriving at Leinster House this morning, to support their successful candidates.

 

Earlier video of some of the West Cork contingent arriving at the Dail.

Posted by The Southern Star on Thursday, 10 March 2016

 

Deputy Murphy O'Mahony did not travel to Dublin with the contingent, as she travelled to the capital yesterday, but the new FF deputy plans to return on the coaches back to the West tonight.

The Beara deputy has been attracting quite a lot of media attention this morning, bringing the 'message of rural Ireland' to the fore, referring to cuts in Leader funding, among several other issues, which he vows to bring to national attention.

 

Independent TD Michael Collins is surrounded by the media at the gates to Leinster House.

Posted by The Southern Star on Thursday, 10 March 2016

Our reporter Jackie Keogh is reporting from inside the Dail today and posting photos of this historic occasion on Twitter @southernstarIRL (see below).

 

Michael Collins, mark two, in the Dail.

Posted by The Southern Star on Thursday, 10 March 2016

It is the first time Cork South West has had an independent TD since the 50s, with former Cllr Michael Collins taking his seat on the same day as the constituency's first ever female TD.

And while all the media attention today has been on the new TDs, re-elected TD Fine Gael's Jim Daly said he was also looking forward to the challenge of a new Dáil:

 

Jim Daly said he is up for the challenge facing the 32nd Dail.

Posted by The Southern Star on Thursday, 10 March 2016

 

 

Liveblog starts here at 10am, on March 7th. Please check back for regular updates:

 

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