Today, Ballindine native Pippa Hackett becomes the Green Party's only senator as she enters Leinster House.

The Green Party's spokesperson on agriculture lives on a farm outside Geashill, Co Offaly.

Ms Hackett and her husband, Mark, run a mixed organic farm with suckler cows, sheep, hens and horses.

In May she became the first Green councillor on Offaly County Council. She takes up the Seanad seat vacated by the Greens' Grace O'Sullivan, who was elected as an MEP.

Ms Hackett was elected unopposed on Friday last, as Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil decided not to contest the by-election in a gesture to the Greens.

Pippa Hackett says her primary focus is on the future of farming.

She says the focus has to be the quality of the food being produced.

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