Lucinda to wed her FG love
WEDDING bells are set to ring around Leinster House after two sitting politicians became engaged.
Well-known Dublin TD Lucinda Creighton is to marry her Fine Gael partner in politics and love Senator Paul Bradford from Cork East.
The pair are set to steal the title of the Oireachtas' golden couple from their party colleagues Olwyn Enright and Joe McHugh, who walked down the aisle in 2005 and had their first child last November.
Ms Creighton (30) is said to be extremely happy about the engagement although it is unclear whether a date has been set for the big day.
She is one of Fine Gael's big hopes for the future having commanded a significant electoral victory in Dublin South East on her first attempt three years ago.
Senator Bradford (46) has a much lower profile but has actually been around Leinster House for far longer than his fiancee.
He has been a member of the Oireachtas since 1987 and has served in the Dail and Seanad.
The Cork representative is currently a member of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission and has previously worked as Fine Gael's chief whip.
He will be hoping to return to the Dail after the next election, having missed out last time in spite of collecting 8,900 first preference votes.
He is Fine Gael spokesperson on Foreign Affairs in the Seanad while Ms Creighton is the party's deputy spokesperson on the same topic.
News of their engagement comes at the same week that Ms Creighton has given a revealing interview to Hot Press magazine in which she admits to underage drinking and claims politics is a boy's club.