Not ev­ery day will

Bray People - - ABOUT GREYSTONES -

LABOUR'S ANNE FER­RIS nearly broke my heart last Wed­nes­day! Stand­ing on the plinth out­side Le­in­ster House I had my eyes peeled for our five Wick­low deputies. One by one I name checked them off my list as I saw them en­ter the gates.

But not a sign of Deputy Fer­ris! I don't know how she slipped by me - I heard a ru­mour of an­other en­trance that was not so heav­ily guarded by pho­tog­ra­phers and mem­bers of the me­dia so I suspect she came in that gate. And all the time I was search­ing for her she was hap­pily un­aware of my panic as she took her seat in Le­in­ster House.

Luck­ily it was not a bid to avoid me and I later met up with her on the plinth shortly be­fore the sec­ond session of Wed­nes­day's sitting when the newly elected Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, was due to ap­point his cabi­net. Anne said that one of her first thoughts when she stepped into the Dáil Cham­ber was the in­ti­mate na­ture of it. ‘One thing that sur­prised me was how small the cham­ber ac­tu­ally is. In the past when I saw Ea­mon Gil­more talk­ing across the cham­ber at some­one on the other side of the house I thought the cham­ber was very big but it is ac­tu­ally quite small and in­ti­mate.

‘I had a bird's eye view of pro­ceed­ings from where I was sitting in the front row. It was also strange see­ing peo­ple that you usu­ally see on the tele­vi­sion in the flesh.

‘I also found it very in­ter­est­ing watch­ing peo­ple speak and I re­alise that it is im­por­tant that you don't speak too long be­cause you will lose your au­di­ence.

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