Every institution has its rituals to welcome new members. College graduates don their cap and gowns when receiving their degrees. Gardaí throw their hats in the air when they graduate from the Garda Training College in Templemore in Co Tipperary.
In the Dáil, new TDs who have won by-elections are applauded as they walk down the steps of the chamber to shake the hands of the Taoiseach and the opposition party leaders.
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