Taoiseach Micheal Martin has announced his 11 nominations to the Seanad – the upper house of the Irish parliament.
Former Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty and Traveller rights activist Eileen Flynn are among the Taoiseach’s nominees.
Ms Doherty lost her seat as a TD in February’s election.
Ms Flynn will becomes the first woman from the Traveller community to become a member of the Irish parliament.
They will be formally elected at a special sitting of the Seanad in Dublin on Monday when they will pass essential legislation including the Offence Against the State Act.
It is disappointing not to see Northern Ireland represented in the Taoiseach nominations. We are facing great uncertainty & unprecedented challenges with Brexit that will put significant pressure on the Good Friday Agreement. Northern voices are needed now more than ever. https://t.co/BdRg0R8gQf— Emma DeSouza (@EmmandJDeSouza) June 27, 2020
Citizenship campaigner Emma DeSouza had been tipped for a nomination as a representative from Northern Ireland was previously selected but she lost out.
The list of nominees contains a record amount of women.
Taoiseach MicheÃ¡l Martinâs 11 nominees to the Seanad. pic.twitter.com/8dQGWuS2Cz— Ãine McMahon (@AineMcMahon) June 27, 2020
Fianna Fail nominees include councillors Mary Fitzpatrick and Erin McGreehan, former Senator Lorraine Clifford Lee, and former TD Timmy Dooley.
This afternoon An Taoiseach @MichealMartinTD called me to inform me that he was nominating me to serve in the 26th Seanad.I am hugely honoured and I am delighted to continue working on behalf of my community and country during the challenging years ahead. Ar aghaidh leis on obair pic.twitter.com/lrevW2E6BV— Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee (@LorrCliff) June 27, 2020
Fine Gael nominees include former minister Ms Doherty and councillors Aisling Dolan, Emer Currie and Mary Seery Kearney.
Green Party nominees include councillors Vincent P Martin and Roisin Garvey.
Mr Martin is the brother of the Green Party’s deputy leader Catherine Martin.