Thursday 18 January 2018

Labour senator Jimmy Harte in critical condition in hospital

Gardai believe accident was most likely result of a “tragic fall”

Labour Senator Jimmy Harte at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 22/2/12
Labour Senator Jimmy Harte at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 22/2/12

Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte is in a critical condition in hospital after undergoing treatment for a brain injury.

Gardai are investigating the incident after the Donegal politicians was found collapsed with serious head injuries in the south inner city.

They have said the accident was most likely the result of a “tragic fall.”

Garda sources said they are tracking through CCTV footage.

Mr Harte, 55, is gravely ill in Beaumont Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery.

He is understood to be in an induced coma following the operation.

His injuries include a fractured skull and an underlying brain injury.

Mr Harte was found at 3am in the Newmarket Square area of Dublin 8.

Gardai at Kevin Street are investigating the incident and are studying CCTV footage from the area.

Sources close to the Harte family too said they were now treating the incident as an accident.

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