For almost 20 years Marian Harkin has been active member of the Irish government or European Parliament.
She was a Member of the European Parliament 2004-2019 and Vice-President of European Democratic Party since 2012. During her time in Europe she was a Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) Substitute of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) and the Committee on Petitions (PETI).
She was a Teachta Dála, Member of Parliament 2002-2007.
Prior to her involvement in politics, Marian was a Teacher from 1977-2002.