Jack Harte was born in Dublin in 1920 and, like many of his compatriots, enlisted in the British army and fought the Axis powers in World War II. When he returned to Ireland, he worked for Guinness and became involved in the trade-union movement. Harte was first elected to the Seanad in the 1973 elections, on the Labour panel. He was re-elected six times, serving for nearly twenty years, until his retirement before the 1992 election. Jack remained involved in Guinness and Labour Party organisations up until his death and was renowned as being a lively and witty raconteur.
Sandra Mara holds a masters degree in journalism from DCU and was investigative journalist with Magill Magazine for four years. She also wrote for the Sunday Tribune and has contributed to the Examiner and theDubliner magazines, as well as numerous television and radio programmes both in Ireland and abroad. Prior to entering journalism, she was an international investigator for more than twenty-five years.