'Most of the time I just see this on TV... but to be there is bizarre' - Gino Kenny on his first day in the Dail
Gino Kenny, the new Anti Austerity Alliance-People Before Profit deputy for Dublin Mid-West, has spoken about his "surreal" first day in Leinster House after he was elected in to the 32nd Dail.
"It was absolutely surreal but it was a proud moment for my family and the party that I represent," he said.
"Actually surreal probably is an underestimation, most of the time I just see this on TV or hear it on the radio but to be there and to be a part of it is bizarre," explained Mr Kenny when speaking to Marian Finucane on RTE Radio One.
"It was a very strange day but a very proud day for my mother. I brought her into the Dail Plinth and she was delighted to be there. It was a great moment for her."
Mr Kenny, from the working class area of Neilstown in Dublin, described himself as a "normal working person" who "represents ordinary people".
He took the last of four seats with just under 8,000 votes on the 12th count in February.
"The good wishes that I've [received] since becoming elected have been so inspiring - ordinary people in the community have been coming up to me to say 'I'm really glad you got in to represent [us]'. It's been absolutely amazing.
"I don't have any personal ambition to be in the Dail but I do have a political ambition to represent working people in the Dail," he said.
"I do say to myself 'What have I gotten myself into here'? but on the other hand I think working people have been really [neglected] in the last few years and I want to represent them as coherently as possible."