Labour Senator, Jimmy Harte, a close colleague of Martin Farren is in critical condition in hospital in Dublin. He underwent emergency surgery this morning.

Jimmy and Martin Farren were both originally in Fine Gael but both left to join Labour in 2010. Martin stood a sa Councillor and Jimmy stood for Labour in Donegal North East at the last elections to the Dail. Martin won an exciting battle but Jimmy lost out but was given a seat in the Seanad.

He is the Labour Party Seanad spokesperson on Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation.

He went to St. Eunan’s College in Letterkenny before getting a BA in Psychology at UCD. He runs his own insurance business, Harte Insurance, which he set up at the age of 24.

Now Jimmy is in the biggest fight of his life and one which we all hope he wins.