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
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.