Higgins sets weight loss goal after 'Leinster House diet'
She may be running for Europe, but Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins has declared she has another goal for May 23 – to lose a stone in weight.
The barrister-turned-politician from Athenry, Galway, has said she has, since becoming a member of the Upper House in 2011, fallen victim of the "dreaded Leinster House diet".
She told the Sunday Independent: "The hours in Leinster House are long and you often find yourself rushing to the sugar-filled bars and treats in order for the energy rush to keep you going.
"I love sport, tennis and golf, but the role as a senator has meant it has been difficult to get exercise in. So yeah, the campaign will give me a chance to lose a stone as I did during the election in 2011," she added.
Ms Higgins, who has been an outspoken critic of Nama since being appointed a senator, declared her desire to lose the pounds on Twitter while climbing Croagh Patrick last week.
"Beautiful morning on Croagh Patrick! Where better in world? #croaghpatrick #mayo determined to lose a stone by May 23," she tweeted.
"Pounding the pavements on the canvass is a demanding but a great way to get exercise and absolutely I want to lose the weight I have gained since being in the Seanad."
Ms Higgins is the sole Labour MEP candidate in the 15-county Midlands Northwest constituency. She recently hit out at independent candidate Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, currently a TD for Roscommon and calling on voters "not to waste their votes on a stoner who would have no influence in Europe".