Tired Tim­mins de­lighted to be sec­ond man home

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 -

FINE GAEL’S BILLY TIM­MINS was the sec­ond man home in Wick­low and was elected af­ter count 17 ex­ceed­ing the quota with a to­tal vote of 11,867.

He had re­ceived a first pref­er­ence vote of 9,165 putting him be­hind run­ning mate Andrew Doyle leav­ing him poised to take the sec­ond seat.

Tim­mins picked up trans­fers steadily and was elected to the 31st Dáil af­ter the re­dis­tri­bu­tion of Pat Fitzger­ald's vote of 7,004 dur­ing count 17.

Elected in the early hours of yes­ter­day (Tues­day) Billy Tim­mins said he 'was tired but de­lighted'.

‘It is a great achieve­ment for Fine Gael. We put in a real team ef­fort. Not just the three of us (Doyle, Har­ris and him­self) but all the Fine Gael rep­re­sen­ta­tives in County Wick­low. They all put in tremen­dous work over a pe­riod of time to build up the party.

‘This is not an overnight suc­cess. We have put in a lot of hard work and com­mit­ment and that has to be sus­tained.'

Deputy Tim­mins said he was de­lighted to see the Fine Gael party tak­ing the first two seats in the con­stituency and said it looked ex­tremely likely that Si­mon Har­ris would take the third seat com­plet­ing the hat trick for the party.

‘It is great and there is a strong wind be­hind us at the mo­ment and we knew Fianna Fáil were in a dif­fi­cult po­si­tion while the Labour Party in Wick­low are in tran­si­tion.

‘It’s great we picked up three seats and there is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult times ahead.

‘This is a great day for Fine Gael in Wick­low and East Car­low. No­body ever en­vis­aged it but over the last cou­ple years the party has grown and we now have nine mem­bers of the lo­cal county coun­cil, three mem­bers in the Dáil and a num­ber of town coun­cil­lors. ‘It is a team ef­fort,’ he stressed. He paid tribute to all who sup­ported him through­out his cam­paign in­clud­ing his fam­ily and his cam­paign team. He also thanked the peo­ple of Wick­low and East Car­low for the cour­tesy he had been shown on the doors.

With Fine Gael af­ter de­liv­er­ing not only three seats in the con­stituency but the top three seats spec­u­la­tion quickly turned to the pos­si­bil­ity of a Min­is­te­rial po­si­tion in Wick­low.

‘It is the pre­rog­a­tive of the party leader, Enda Kenny, to pick his cabi­net but I am will­ing to serve. Who wouldn’t want the op­por­tu­nity to sit on the bench?’ asked Tim­mins.

‘Cer­tainly the re­sult in Wick­low, in my view, is one of the most suc­cess­ful in the coun­try. Enda Kenny will pick the team that he thinks is best for the coun­try.’

Deputy Tim­mins went on to pay tribute to out­go­ing deputies Liz Mc­Manus, Joe Be­han and Dick Roche and thanked them for their ca­ma­raderie over the years and their co­op­er­a­tion.

Joe Be­han was one of the first peo­ple to con­grat­u­late Ti­im­mins on his elec­tion de­spite hav­ing been elim­i­nated him­self some three counts ear­lier.

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