The time has come and a group of brave TDs and Senators are preparing for full public scrutiny in their battle to shed a few pounds (in weight!)
The first installment of RTE’s Operation Transformation aired last night and as part of this series, some politicians will be following the expert tips to kick bad eating and health habits for the New Year in the full glare of the public.
One politician taking part is inviting the public to follow her progress on social networking site - Senator Phil Prendergast.
She will be sharing her experience of following a strict weight-loss and fitness programme for the next two months and she is hoping to raise a few bob for charity along the way.
She is looking for sponsors to help raise money for the Place4U project in Clonmel, which is a youth cafe, a drop-in centre for older people and will offer other community facilities.
You can follow Phil’s progress on Facebook and twitter (twitter.com/senphilp)