Tim­mins ad­mits Fine Gael is car­ry­ing huge re­spon­si­bil­ity

Bray People - - ABOUT GREYSTONES -

FINE GAEL'S Billy Tim­mins is cer­tainly not the fa­ther of the Dáil but he is the daddy of the Wick­low East Car­low deputies in terms of ex­pe­ri­ence.

Hav­ing be­ing elected to the Dáil in 1997 Billy has 14 years ex­pe­ri­ence un­der his belt and will surely be the man that the newly elected Wick­low deputies will turn too if they be­come un­stuck.

Ar­riv­ing in Dáil Eire­ann last Wed­nes­day for the first sitting of the 31st Dáil, Billy treated it as just an­other day in work and hav­ing walked the cor­ri­dors for as long as he has, it is lit­tle won­der.

While he didn't bring any fam­ily mem­bers with him, Billy did take newly elected Fine Gael deputy Pat Deer­ing of Car­low Kilkenny un­der his wing, and Pat trav­elled up from his home place of Rathvilly with Billy.

Al­though Pat was elected in Car­low Kilkenny he ac­tu­ally lives in the con­stituency of Wick­low East Car­low and is home is only five miles from Billy's home.

In­deed Pat could not even vote for him­self in the Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Billy said that al­though Wed­nes­day was a very spe­cial day for Fine Gael it was busi­ness as usual for him.

‘ To­day is about go­ing through the of­fi­cial pro­ce­dures and the cer­e­mony of things but of course it is dif­fer­ent when you are go­ing into power and it is a very spe­cial day. But go­ing into power brings its own dif­fi­cul­ties and it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that. ‘For me to­day is just like any other day in work in the sense that I am work­ing away for the peo­ple of Wick­low East Car­low.'

With Wick­low re­turn­ing three Fine Gael deputies for the first time ever in its his­tory Billy said, ‘It was a big achieve­ment and there were many peo­ple who didn't be­lieve we could do it. We had a lot of luck and ob­vi­ously the wind was at our backs too.

‘ This is a good day and it is a very proud day for Fine Gael to see so many deputies re­turned. It is very good for the peo­ple of Mayo, for Enda Kenny and for his fam­ily.

‘ The whole dy­namic of the Gov­ern­ment has changed and Fianna Fáil who has been dom­i­nant for so long has en­tered Op­po­si­tion.

‘ There is a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity on us now,’ said Billy.

Billy was sport­ing a red and blue tie last Wed­nes­day and said that he hoped to stay in the of­fice he has been work­ing from for the past cou­ple of years.

Deputy Billy Tim­mins.

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