be like this, says Anne
‘Even though today is only my first day I can see how easily that could happen.
‘It is a great day for Ireland and for the deputies in Wicklow to be sitting here taking our place in history.'
Although Wednesday was Anne's official first day in her new role she said she had no last minute jitters. ‘I slept well last night. I had a parliamentary meeting until around 9pm and then I had something to eat before heading to bed where I had a good night's rest. I was awake early though.'
However, she said that once she entered the chamber she did feel a little surreal. 'I pinched myself a bit. It was kind of like the first day at college when some people who are a couple of years ahead are there too.'
Anne was supported by her partner John Nolan, daughters Amber, Robyn and Leonie who were all thrilled to see her take her place in the chamber.
‘It was all very exciting today,’ said Anne. ‘ This morning we voted on the Taoiseach before breaking for lunch and now when we go back he will announce his Cabinet which is very exciting. Who he will pick to fill some of the cabinet positions is anyone's guess.'
She said that there was a huge sense of achievement to the day. ‘It is such a great day and of course not every day will be like this.
‘ Today is more ceremonial than anything else. It is great to share it with my family and also my supporters who came out to help me during my campaign.'
Throughout the campaign Anne was a familiar sight on the roads of Wicklow in her trademark red coat which was admired by many and last Wednesday she stuck to tradition.