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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.