The son of former Cork North West TD Donal Moynihan, and grandson of Jamie Moynihan who served as a county councillor from 1928 to 1970, Fianna Fáil is certainly in the blood.
“It meant that you walked into it with your eyes open, it was always around, so my eyes were already open to politics when I decided to get into it,” said Mr Moynihan.
Standing on the plinth yesterday he added that he would have been brought “in and out” of Leinster House with his father as a child.
The fluent Irish speaker was educated in the Gaeltacht areas of Baile Bhúirne and Cúil Aodha, and will be eager to promote the language within the Dáil.
When first elected to Cork County Council in 2003 he became known for not mincing his words.
Council meeting earlier this year, he said TV adventurer Bear Grylls would “struggle to get through the potholes in some of the roads in Co Cork”.
Married to Lisa, the first-time TD has four children. He received 8,924 first preference votes and was elected on the ninth count.
Fianna Fáil’s party strategy in Cork North West to divide up the constituency saw victory for the party’s two candidates. Mr Moynihan concentrated on the Lee Valley and in particular Ballincollig, while his namesake but no relation, Michael Moynihan, canvassed the northern side of the constituency.
The former engineer said: “We worked hard at our vote management and it paid off.”
As a TD he hopes to highlight the issues impacting rural Ireland and would love to see a minister dedicated to rural affairs.
“It’s an Oireachtas that is really going to be changing so there will a lot of people who will be feeling their way out during this term.
“But the issues of rural communities have to be put out there to the fore, whether it’s through a Department or whether it’s through a minister driving it on hard, it would be fantastic if there was a minister for rural affairs.”