LOVE'S labour lost, you might have said, when former RTE reporter Orla Guerin lost her high-profileelection campaign for Labour nine years ago.
But then, if she'd won, she'd never have met her Egyptian-American Reuters journalist (who shall remain nameless because, well, journalists can't stand having their name in the papers). Orla and Mr Reuters married with an elaborate reception at Tinakilly House last
Way back in those halcyon pre-election days, Orla was Dick Spring's protegee. It was the Labour leader who pushed her forward (to her running mate Bernie Malone's understandable chagrin) as a parachute
Indeed, it was Dick who backed her (along with Fergus Finlay and three others to the tune of over ?30,000 - a sum that was later controversially written off by Woodchester Bank) in her bid for the European
But that was in another lifetime, before Orla was appointed as the BBC's Middle East Correspondent.
Clearly, in life, as in journalism, it isn't all bad news and even disappointed politicos can end up covering conflict in the Middle East.
Anyway, the bride wore Italian and it was a low-key gathering, strangely lacking in journalists. The event passed without incident. And for once their lips were sealed. CF