I wouldn’t eat and not do something, I’d be at least reading the newspaper – at the very least. God almighty, of course I would.” Marian Harkin is almost flabbergasted at the thought of spending her lunch hour just eating lunch. This is the kind of time management employed by someone who’s working between Ireland and Brussels as one of four MEPS representing 15 Irish counties in the European Parliament.

Her time to “zone out” is the drive home to Sligo, after landing in Dublin Airport on the 10.15pm flight from Brussels and her reprieve is sleeping on the plane, which doubles up as revitalisation for her long, late-night drive.