by Sean Ryan
Labour Senator Jimmy Harte (59) has resigned from the Seanad.
The Donegal man suffered significant head injuries in a fall in Dublin while attending the Ireland V Latvia friendly in November 2013 and is still undergoing rehabilitative care.
Mr Harte, a married father of four, who previously worked as an insurance broker, is a son of former Fine Gael minister of state Paddy Harte.
The Senator had himself been a member of Fine Gael, but broke with the party and later joined Labour.
Seanad leader Maurice Cummins expressed the hope that Mr Harte “will recover in the weeks and months ahead. It is sad that he had to resign his seat under the circumstances but we wish him well.”
Labour Senator John Gilroy described him as a great colleague and friend and said he would be a sad loss to the Seanad.
Former Fianna Fáil MEP and fellow Donegal man Pat Cope Gallagher said he was "sorry to learn of Jimmy Harte's resignation from the Seanad,a decision which must be respected.
"Jimmy served with distinction as a member of Letterkenny Town Council,Donegal Co Council and Seanad Éireann. He had all the necessary attributes to serve the people of his native Donegal as did his father Paddy before him having served as Councillor, Dáil Deputy and Minister. Hope Jimmy will continue to recover and enjoy life with his wife Mary and family".