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Abortion is main focus of day 6 of Savita inquest as expert witness questioned

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The sixth day of the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar has now
come to an end at County Hall.

Proceeding have reached a conclusion with reports on post-mortems carried
out on the placenta and the foetus.

Proceedings came to a conclusion this evening with a report from witness
Dr. Michael Tan Chien Sheng, a consultant pathologist in UHG who carried
out the post mortem on the foetus.

He told the inquest he had carried out the autopsy on November 2nd.

He said it was a still born foetus at 17 weeks gestation and incompatible
with life.

The inquest also heard from Dr. Frans Colesky who carried out the post
mortem on the placenta.

Praveen left the room for these sensitive reports as previously indicated
by his legal team.

This morning, Expert witness Dr. Peter Boylan told the inquest that had
Ms. Halappanavar had a termination on the Monday or Tuesday of her time in
hospital, it is highly likely she would not have died.

However he noted it was NOT a practicable position at that time because of
the law as there was not a real and substantial risk to her life at that
stage.

The consultant obstetrician also pointed to a number of deficiencies in
Savita’s care.

In response to questioning this afternoon, he said the legal position is
guided by medical council guidelines that abortion is illegal in Ireland
except where there is a real and substantial risk to the life of the
mother as distinct from the health of the mother.

He added that obstetricians in Ireland are working to a certain extent in
a vacuum.

HSE Senior Counsel Declan Buckley asked if the rarity of this case is a
difficulty visited upon nurses, doctors and right up to consultants – the
expert witness agreed.

Day seven of the inquest resumes at County Hall at 10 tomorrow morning.

It’s hoped a verdict will be reached by Friday.

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Portiuncula Univeristy Hospital hosting Service of Remembrance for those who have lost a child

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula University Hospital is hosting a Service of Remembrance on the 13th of February for those who have experienced the loss of a child.

Parents and their families who have experienced a bereavement through the death of a child or who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth or after birth are invited to attend.

The service will get underway at 7.30pm in the hospital chapel with light refreshments afterwards.

Deirdre Naughton, Director of Midwifery at the hospital says the service will offer parents a chance to reflect on their journey:

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UD Motorway and lane closures between Ballinasloe and Oranmore over next 8 days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Commuters are being advised of upcoming motorway and lane closures on designated days between Ballinasloe and Oranmore between tomorrow and Thursday week, February 16th

The M6 Eastbound will be closed between Junction 19 and 18 from 10pm tomorrow (thurs feb 9) until 6am on Friday, with diversions in place.

On Monday 13th traffic will be down to one lane on the M6 WESTbound between junction 16 Loughrea and 17 Athenry.

The following day, one lane on that stretch EASTbound will be closed.

On Wednesday 15th, it will be down to one lane between Junction 16 Loughrea and 15 Ballinasloe.

Then on Thursday 16th, one lane will be closed between Junction 14 East Ballinasloe and Junction 15 West Ballinasloe.

All those closures will be in place from 8AM until 5PM each day.

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City tech firm partners with COPE Galway to support services

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city-based tech firm is partnering with COPE Galway to support its services.

The domestic abuse and homelessness charity is set to receive funding and volunteer support from Salthill cybersecurity firm, TitanHQ.

The company voted to support COPE Galway, with the partnership established on a year-long basis.

Leonie Woutersen, Corporate Engagement Executive at COPE Galway, explains what the collaboration will involve.

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