A young Monaghan councillor says she "wouldn't rule out" becoming a TD or Senator in the future.
That's according to Fianna Fáil's Aoife McCooey, who recently became one of five Vice-Presidents elected at her party's annual Ard Fheis last weekend.
Speaking to Northern Sound about her new role, the 25-year-old said it is "fantastic opportunity" to raise issues directly with Government Ministers and the Taoiseach.
She added that she is delighted to have this opportunity and to also represent a party that listens to young people, as apposed to "talking at them" regardless of the rhetoric that is out there in relation to the Fianna Fáil party, which she says she does not believe.
"I believe young people now know the benefits of being involved in politics and want to know more about the world around them," she said.
"I believe that what I was meant to do in this life is serve people and to be a representative of the people.
"The most important thing for me is being on Monaghan County Council and growing further into that role by supporting the people of County Monaghan and in particular the people of Castleblayney and Carrickmacross."