May 2011 – April 2016
|Constituency||Nominated by the Taoiseach|
|Born||3 August 1979|
|Political party||Labour Party|
|Alma mater||NUI Galway|
Lorraine Higgins (born 3 August 1979) is an Irish barrister and a former Labour Party politician who represented the party in the 24th Seanad after being nominated by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny. From Galway, she is a graduate of NUI Galway (acquiring a B.A. from the university in 2001) and, later, the King's Inns. During her time there she was Labour Party Seanad spokesperson on Reform and Foreign Affairs.
A keen golfer, who played off 9 of a handicap, she represented her clubs at every level in women's golf, played in several All-Ireland finals and was a member of the Connaught Girls' Training Panel.
Higgins was a candidate for the Labour Party in the Midlands–North-West constituency for the 2014 European Parliament election but failed to take a seat during one of the worst elections for the Party. She did, however, get the most Party votes in all the constituencies they contested.
She was not selected for re-appointment to the 25th Seanad. Ms Higgins complained about how "regrettable" it was that more women were not included in the parliamentary party. She was quoted as saying: "For me it was the last throw of the dice and I probably won't be involved in representative politics again".
In March 2017, Higgins became employed as Head of Public Affairs and Communications and as a board member with Retail Excellence. She was promoted to the position of CEO in July 2018.
During the summer of 2015, a man named Stephen French of Walkinstown sent her messages involving violent and anti-Semitic content. In the aftermath of the incidents, French was spared from serving time in jail and given a suspended six-month sentence after his guilty plea to three charges of threatening Higgins and two charges of harassing her. Furthermore, French's mother, Sheila French, states that French will no longer be allowed to use the Internet in her home.