be like this, says Anne

Bray People - - MIND GAMES -

‘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.

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