Brigid Hogan-O’Higgins was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1957 for Fine Gael at the age of 24 – one of four women elected that year. She spent 20 years as a TD. Her father, Patrick Hogan, was Minister for Agriculture from 1922-1932, while her husband, Michael, was also a TD – as were his father, uncle and brother. She married in 1958, one year after her first election to the Dáil. They were the first married couple ever to sit in the same Dáil. Michael passed away in 2005 and Brigid now lives with her daughter Maeve on the family farm in Kilrickle, Co Galway.

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