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Lorraine Higgins

Lorraine Higgins
In office
May 2011 – April 2016
ConstituencyNominated by the Taoiseach
Personal details
Born (1979-08-03) 3 August 1979 (age 40)
Galway, Ireland
Political partyLabour Party
Alma materNUI 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.[1] From Galway, she is a graduate of NUI Galway (acquiring a B.A. from the university in 2001)[2] and, later, the King's Inns.[3] 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.

She ran as a candidate in the Galway East constituency at the 2011 general election. In May 2011, she was nominated by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the 24th Seanad.[4]

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 unsuccessfully contested the 2016 Irish general election for the Galway East constituency.[5]

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".[6]

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.[7]

Troll Incident

During the summer of 2015, a man named Stephen French of Walkinstown sent her messages involving violent and anti-Semitic content.[8] 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.[9] Furthermore, French's mother, Sheila French, states that French will no longer be allowed to use the Internet in her home.


  1. ^ "Lorraine Higgins". Oireachtas Members Database. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  2. ^ "Alumni events: Dublin alumni club". Cois Coiribe. Winter 2015. Archived from the original on 22 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Lorraine Higgins". Labour Party. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  4. ^ Edwards, Elaine (20 May 2011). "McAleese appointed to Seanad". The Irish Times.
  5. ^ "Galway East results: Ciarán Cannon set to be elected". The Irish Times. 27 Feb 2016.
  6. ^ Minihan, Mary (18 March 2016). "Ó Ríordáin and Humphreys selected by Labour for Seanad elections". The Irish Times.
  7. ^ "Who We Are?". Retail Excellence. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  8. ^ Pheland, Andrew; Schiller, Robin (January 10, 2018). "'I will watch you bleed' - internet troll spared jail despite vile death threats against senator". Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  9. ^ Hanley, Valerie (January 14, 2018). "Mother of Online Troll Who Sent Death Threats to Senator: 'I've Cut Off Out internet'". Retrieved March 17, 2019.

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