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Wednesday 19 September 2018

Senator's fall linked to heart condition

Labour Senator Jimmy Harte. Photo: Tom Burke
Labour Senator Jimmy Harte. Photo: Tom Burke

SENATOR Jimmy Harte – who is in hospital after he collapsed – has a recent history of falls related to a heart condition.

The 55-year-old Labour Senator remained in a medically induced coma in Beaumont Hospital after being found lying motionless on a Dublin street.

Gardai believe he was not the victim of an assault but officers and his family were "concerned" that his coat and keys were missing.

Gardai have not discounted the possibility that his coat may have been stolen as he lay on the street.

Stable

The politician suffered a fractured skull, a massive blood clot and a brain injury in the fall at Newmarket Square, Dublin 8, shortly before 3am on Saturday.

He was rushed by ambulance to nearby Saint James Hospital and then transferred to a head injury unit at Beaumont Hospital where he was in critical condition later in the day.

Senior medical staff at the hospital were reported to be satisfied with his progress yesterday after he had passed the night in a stable condition.

The Donegal Senator had underlying health problems linked to a heart condition and has collapsed a number of times.

It is thought he may have collapsed as he walked near his Dublin apartment at Newmarket Square, striking his head against the pavement.

While initial indications pointed to an assault, gardai said later the accident was most likely the result of a "tragic fall".

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

aokeeffe@herald.ie

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