Harte elected to Seanad

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Newly appointed Senator Jimmy Harte said the first thing on his agenda is to tackle Inishowen’s dismal unemployment levels, the Journal has learnt.

The Donegal County Councillor was appointed Senator to Dail Eireann last week and he said he’s both deeply honoured and privileged to be representing the people of Ireland and Donegal.

Senator Harte was elected to the Seanad on the Industrial and Commercial panel, last week.

The Labour councillor was deemed elected on the 22nd count on Thursday evening. He was the first candidate to make the quota panel.

After the 22nd count he had a total of 115, which was eight votes over the quota.

Speaking to the Journal yesterday Senator Harte said: “I am just delighted personally to get elected, it is a privilege and honour to be a member of Seanad Eireann. I am looking forward to representing the people of Donegal North East in Leinster House and I am delighted for the Labour party in Donegal. The main priority in the Labour party is creating jobs that will stem the flow of emigration over the next 12 months as it is very important in Donegal and the country that the government policy on jobs must have an effect in Donegal.

“The North West needs to get a fair crack at the whip and I won’t be sitting back on that.” Senator Harte said not only is he looking forward to working with his fellow Labour candidate, Martin Farren, from Moville, but also Senators and TDs from Donegal, adding: “When TDs and Senators get together from Donegal there is only one agenda - to promote Donegal and look after the area as best we can.”