Deputy Seán Connick has described his first session in Dáil Eireann as a brilliant experience'.
The newly elected Rosbercon resident is the first New Ross man and the first wheelchair user to take his place in Leinster House.
The Fianna Fáil T.D. was joined by his wife Lourde, his mother Peggy, his brother Anthony and sister Bernie, as well as a host of other relatives on a big day for the Connick family.
At 3p.m. last Thursday the 166 elected representatives assembled for their first day of business.
It was a fantastic experience, I really enjoyed,' said Deputy Connick, who got to take his first vote when helping John O'Donoghue become Ceann Comhairle.
In a somewhat antiquated tradition, the deputies voted by walking up a stairs out one gate and back in another, but Deputy Connick said the party whips had agreed to count him in.
Overall, the New Ross man said he's finding the Dáil quite accessible, though he was given an usher on his first day just in case he encountered any difficulties - it's certainly a far cry from the Tholsel!
His new office is the former base of Cork's Joe Walsh, which allows him to get to his specially adapted seat in the Dáil chamber, in a prominent position at the front, quite quickly.
Deputy Connick said as there's no order of business yet he's unsure when he'll get the chance to address his fellow members for the first time.
It's a very proud thing to be representing the people of New Ross and the fact that we're in Government is fantastic. I'm hoping to be able to deliver now, that's the bottom line.'