Mayo native, Pippa Hackett, became the Green Party's only senator yesterday (Tuesday, November 5th), when she entered Leinster House.
She moved to fill the position after the seat was vacated by Grace O'Sullivan, who was elected as an MEP.
Hackett runs an organic farm with her husband and four children in Co. Offaly.
Speaking ahead of her first day in the Seanad, the party’s spokesperson for Agriculture, said: "Irish Agriculture is at a crossroads.
We either continue along the road of rising emissions and biodiversity breakdown, rising production costs and volatile global markets, or we take the right decision to take another road; a road which puts our small, quintessentially Irish, family farms first.”
"We could do so much better. It’s time our government started listening to other voices within the sector."
"A meaningful transition is required, and by adopting nature - and biodiversity-friendly, regenerative farming practices, we can shape a brighter, more promising future for our young farmers.'' she concluded.