EU deal tops agenda as Doyle starts sec­ond term

Bray People - - ABOUT GREYSTONES -

POLL TOP­PER Andrew Doyle started his sec­ond term of of­fice last Wed­nes­day and al­though he ob­vi­ously wasn't ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the sense of won­der and awe that Wick­low's three new TDs must surely have been feel­ing, he said it was a spe­cial day.

And on re­flec­tion there is prob­a­bly a ten­dency for peo­ple to over­look the more ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers of the Dáil in favour of the ‘new­bies' on the first day be­liev­ing that it is very much a case of same job, dif­fer­ent day.

But for Andrew Doyle and in­deed for many of the re­turn­ing Fine Gael and Labour TDs, last Wed­nes­day was a very sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone. For many it was the first time they got to sit their bums on the seats on Gov­ern­ment benches hav­ing lan­guished for many years in the Op­po­si­tion benches.

‘ This is a great day and some of the stal­warts never thought they would see this day come to pass. To see Fine Gael be­ing the largest party in Gov­ern­ment is slightly sur­real. But there is quite a job of work to be done and it is quite clear we will have a ro­bust Op­po­si­tion. In Enda Kenny's open­ing speech he set out his stall that there is a long road ahead of use and one of the most re­fresh­ing things is that he made clear that he will be keep­ing the peo­ple in­formed and he will be truth­ful. He will be keep­ing the peo­ple briefed as to the state of the nation and that's im­por­tant.

‘It will be im­por­tant for peo­ple to see if we mea­sure up and it is clear, de­spite what some In­de­pen­dent's said in their open­ing speeches, that Enda Kenny out­lined that this new Gov­ern­ment is about change. Chang­ing the way we do busi­ness and chang­ing the way we do things.

‘ There are cer­tain things that need to be done - things like get­ting peo­ple back to work. Other things like deal­ing with fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions will be harder. We also need to make sure that when we chal­lenge the EU about the IMF/EU deal that they can see how a new ar­range­ment will ben­e­fit not only Ire­land but Europe. ‘It is in no­body's ben­e­fit for us to de­fault.' Wear­ing a pur­ple tie Andrew con­fessed he had put lit­tle thought into his wardrobe for the first sitting. How­ever, he was wear­ing a new suit. ‘I had to get a new one be­cause I had de­stroyed a cou­ple of them over the cam­paign. I just picked out an old tie be­cause it matched a shirt I had.'

Andrew was joined in Dáil Eire­ann by his 80-year-old mother Mau­reen who also at­tended the morn­ing's in­ter­de­nom­i­na­tional ser­vice in St. Anne's Church, Daw­son Street, for the in­com­ing mem­bers of the 31st Dail. The ser­vice was also at­tended by the Pres­i­dent of Ire­land, Mary McAleese.

Andrew said his mother had also been at the open­ing day of the 30th Dáil - the first one which Andrew was elected to and un­doubt­edly found last Wed­nes­day an equally proud mo­ment.

His fa­ther, Bernard, (89) didn't make the trip to Dublin but no doubt was glued to the day's pro­ceed­ings on the tele­vi­sion.

Andrew's three brothers and some close fam­ily friends also ro­tated the se­cu­rity passes to al­low ev­ery­one who had trav­elled up with him to take in some of the pomp and cer­e­mony .

s a sitting TD, Andrew has his own of­fice in Le­in­ster House al­though he sus­pects he will be in for a move. ‘I like the of­fice I am in at the mo­ment. There is a wa­ter cooler out­side and it is in a good lo­ca­tion but I think un­der the new ar­range­ments Fine Gael will be mov­ing to the five-storey build­ing in Le­in­ster House so I will prob­a­bly be mov­ing.'

A small price to pay for his role in this his­toric mo­ment of Fine Gael his­tory.

Andrew Doyle and mum Mau­reen on the first day of the 31st Dáil in Le­in­ster House.

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