Thursday 18 January 2018

Harte found with head injuries

Senator Jimmy Harte remains seriously ill in hospital after being discovered on a street with head injuries in the early hours of the morning.

The Labour Party politician, from Letterkenny in Co Donegal, was found injured at Newmarket Square in Dublin's south inner city at around 3am. He was taken to Beaumont Hospital - which specialises in head injuries - where his condition has been described as serious.

Gardai have viewed CCTV footage and interviewed witnesses who were in the area of Newmarket Square at the time. From their initial inquiries, they suspect the injuries were sustained as a result of an accidental fall rather than any assault on the father-of-four.

Detectives at Kevin Street Garda station have been making inquiries to find out what happened to the Donegal politician.

It is understood Mr Harte, 55, had been attending the Republic of Ireland v Latvia football international friendly at the Aviva stadium in Ballsbridge, south Dublin, earlier in the evening.

A Labour Party spokesman said his family were with him at the hospital and everyone who knows him remain very concerned.

"He's being treated for serious head injuries," he said. "The circumstances, as to whether he fell or something else happened, are not very clear at the moment."

Mr Harte, who runs his own insurance brokerage, is from a well-known Donegal family who have been involved in politics for generations.

He is also known as a keen sportsman, who has run 12 marathons in recent years and raised more than 30,000 euro (£25,000) for charities.

A former chairman of Finn Harps FC, Mr Harte played inter-county soccer and GAA in his younger years.

Press Association

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