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CHAIRMAN OF HSE INQUIRY TEAM SEEKS FACE TO FACE MEETING WITH SAVITAS HUSBAND

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 20-Nov-2012

The Chairman of the HSE team looking into the death of Savita Halappanavar at University Hospital Galway has asked to meet her husband face to face.

Sabaratnam Arulkumaran wants to discuss Praveen Halappanavar’s concerns about the inclusion of 3 doctors from University Hospital Galway on the inquiry team.

The HSE says it’s taking Mr Halappanavar’s concerns extremely seriously, and is continuing to examine the make up of the investigation team.

Earlier Fianna Fáil warned that the inquiry is ‘dead in the water’ without Praveen’s co-operation.

But Mr Arulkumaran says the inclusion of the UHG doctors is neccessary in order to compare guidelines.

Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath says this inquiry needs to be more independent.

Meanwhile, Socialist Party MEP Paul Murphy has defended the writing of a letter to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny calling on the government to introduce legislation to allow abortion in cases where the mother’s life is in danger.

The letter refers to the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar whose death – Mr Murphy says – highlights the need for immediate action to introduce legislation for abortion in Ireland.

So far over fifty MEPs have signed the letter in support.

But the Labour MEP Phil Prendergast criticised the letter saying the MEPs are jumping to conclusions about Savita’s death.

She says she does not believe Savita lost her life because clinicians wouldn’t terminate her pregnancy for religious or legal reasons.

However, Paul Murphy says MEPs are appalled by what happened to the young woman

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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