An accountant before entering politics, she stood unsuccessfully as a Progressive Democrats candidate for Dáil Éireann in the Laois–Offaly constituency at four successive general elections: 1987, 1989, 1992 and 1997. After her 1992 defeat, she was elected to the 20th Seanad Éireann on the Industrial and Commercial Panel, this was facilitated by an electoral pact with Democratic Left , she did not contest the 1997 Seanad election.
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