Violet-Anne Wynne makes history by bringing her new baby into the Dáil chamber

Violet Anne Wynne made history by being the first politician to bring her baby into the Dáil chamber.

eann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl paid tribute to Clare TD as she returned to the Dáil after the birth of her sixth child.

Ms Wynne received a cross-party applause as she carried her baby daughter Collins into the chamber for the weekly vote.

“Baby Collins is the first real baby to join us here in the House,” joked Mr Ó Fearghaíl after the TDs applauded Ms Wynne.

She was congratulated by other TDs in the chamber including Marc MacSharry, Holly Cairns and Children’s Secretary Roderic O’Gorman.

The now independent politician gave birth to her daughter in a car park with the help of ambulance services as she was unable to get to the hospital in time.

She and her partner, along with their six children, have been struggling to find housing since the beginning of the year after their lease on a rental property ended.

The first-time TD left Sinn Féin earlier this year citing a lack of support from the party when she became pregnant.

She said she endures “psychological warfare” at the hands of party members and claimed her “unplanned pregnancy” was used as a “stick to beat me”.

She also noted that after the birth of her child, she received a congratulatory card from Fine Gael leader and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, but no communication from Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald.

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