Mayo's Rose Conway-Walsh will lead Sinn Féin in the Upper House it was announced this week, the Erris native was selected by her party to lead its seven strong contingent in the newly elected Seanad.
Senator Conway-Walsh said on Wednesday that she was "surprised but delighted and honoured to be appointed Sinn Fein leader of the Seanad today. Wonderful team of senators dedicated to making the Seanad work for ordinary people across the 32 counties, all bringing our diverse direct experiences to join with our 23 TDs and their teams. Join with us in building a true republic."
Senator Conway Walsh is one of four Mayo senators in the Upper House this term alongside Fine Gael's Paddy Burke who was elected to the Seanad for the sixth time, fellow newcomer Fianna Fáil's Dr Keith Swanick, and Claremorris native Fine Gael Seantor Catherine Noone.