Saturday 20 January 2018

Senator critical after fracturing skull in fall

Labour senator Jimmy Harte remains critical but stable in hospital following a serious fall in which he fractured his skull.

The Donegal politician is being kept in a medically induced coma following surgery to relieve swelling to the brain. His wife Mary and four children are at his bedside.

Medics are said to be "happy" with the condition of Mr Harte but the outcome of his injury is still being assessed on an "hour by hour basis".

It has emerged that the father of four has a history of ill-health due to a heart condition and had recently collapsed a number of times.

Mr Harte (55), pictured, suffered a fractured skull, massive clot and an underlying brain injury in the fall in the early hours of Saturday morning.

He was found in a state of unconsciousness in the Newmarket Square area of Dublin 8, just off Cork Street, where he owns an apartment.

Such was the severity of his injuries, gardai initially believed that he had been assaulted. However, this was subsequently ruled out following an investigation.

It is now thought that he may have collapsed, striking his head at an angle against the pavement.

A garda spokesman said gardai at Kevin Street garda station were "investigating all the circumstances" of the matter and have examined a large amount of CCTV footage from the area.

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

By Nicola Anderson  and Alan O'Keeffe

Irish Independent

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