Timmins admits Fine Gael is carrying huge responsibility
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.