Mary Lou may have taken a blow in the recent elections, but clearly her time in Brussels has consisted of more than the photo ops much of her coverage at home has consisted of. Although the awards have only been in train for a couple of years, according to the Sunday Business Post she is the first Irish MEP to be shortlisted. Voting by all MEPs for the award takes place in September and the results will be announced at the Brussels Renaissance Hotel on Tuesday, October 9. Update: Whoops, for some reason the Post forgot to mention Kathy Sinnott!!