Hope mounts that Wick­low will have TD on front bench

Bray People - - ELECTION 2011 -

WITH FINE GAEL scor­ing a his­toric win in Wick­low last week se­cur­ing three seats in the Gar­den County for the first time ever, spec­u­la­tion is rife that at least one Wick­low TD will have a place on the front bench.

Be­ing the more sea­soned politi­cian, Deputy Billy Tim­mins may seem the more likely can­di­date for any front bench po­si­tion but his stance in the lead­er­ship heave in the sum­mer of 2009 may have blot­ted his copy­book.

Dur­ing a re­cent visit to Wick­low, leader of Fine Gael Enda Kenny said the past was the past and no grudges were held in re­spect of the heave but to­day ( Wed­nes­day) will be the proof of the pud­ding for all the deputies who spoke out in favour of Richard Bru­ton.

Speak­ing last week, Deputy Tim­mins said min­is­te­rial po­si­tions would be an­nounced to­day, when the 31st Dail sat for the first time.

‘It is the per­og­a­tive of the party leader to pick whom he sees fit and hope­fully he will pick his best team. Af­ter Mayo, Wick­low had the best Fine Gael re­sult in the county and I hope there is recog­ni­tion of that.

‘We are of­fi­cially back to­day but I have been in the Dáil since last week and I hope dur­ing the next five years to ad­dress many of the is­sues that have been raised.

‘Some of the goals I have for Wick­low are to in­crease tourism and agri food de­vel­op­ment, to re­vamp lo­cal authorities giv­ing them more power and to try get jobs for Wick­low. I feel un­der the last Gov­ern­ment there wasn't an ur­gency on state agen­cies like En­ter­prise Ire­land and the IDA to se­cure jobs for Wick­low.'

Deputy Tim­mins also thanked ev­ery­one who had voted for him right across the county.

Poll top­per Andrew Doyle may also be in line for a cabi­net po­si­tion be­cause of his in­creased first pref­er­ence vote and be­cause of his per­form- ance over the past ten months or so as Spokesper­son for Agri­cul­ture, Food and Fish­eries.

How­ever, the Round­wood farmer is not buy­ing into the hype and said while he would ob­vi­ously love a front bench po­si­tion, he is not tak­ing any­thing for granted.

‘A lot of peo­ple have asked me if I was get­ting a po­si­tion but the sim­ple an­swer is I don't know. It's not some­thing I can give an in­di­ca­tion of be­cause I don't know. I would love to have a place at the Cabi­net ta­ble but I will have to wait and see un­til to­mor­row ( Wed­nes­day) when the cabi­net is an­nounced.'

While Agri­cul­ture may seem the most likely port­fo­lio for Andrew to be given if he were cho­sen it is not a done deal that Agri­cul­ture may stay with Fine Gael be­cause if coali­tion talks with Labour work out Labour will have to be given a num­ber of key min­istries.

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