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Maria Walsh MEP on the farm at Largan, Shrule, Co Galway. “I would do chunks of meetings and then I would have to rest.” Photograph: Joe O Shaughnessy

Maria Walsh MEP on the farm at Largan, Shrule, Co Galway. “I would do chunks of meetings and then I would have to rest.” Photograph: Joe O Shaughnessy

“Fatigue is the killer,” says MEP and former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh as she outlines how she is feeling: dull headache, muscle tiredness and an energy rating of “realistically a four” on a scale of 0 (going under) to 10 (super-energetic).

“I will have to finish relatively early today, 2pm or 3pm, and try and rest for the rest of the day,” says the 33-year-old in a mid-morning phone call from the family farm in Shrule on the Galway/Mayo border. She lives there with her parents when she is not in Brussels representing the constituency of Midlands-North-West (Galway to Donegal, Mayo across to Louth).

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