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CLINICAL MIDWIFE MANAGER GIVES STATEMENT AT SAVITA INQUEST

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A senior midwife says she regrets telling Savita Halappanavar her pregnancy couldn’t be terminated because Ireland is a Catholic country.

Ann Maria Burke has been giving evidence at the inquest into the death of the 31 year old dentist from septicaemia following a miscarriage at Galway Univerity Hospital last October.

After her statement, she was questioned by the coroner on earlier witness claims that she had told Savita when discussing a termination that it can’t be done, it’s a Catholic country.

She responded ‘to be honest, i’m very upset about this. I did mention Catholic country. I didn’t mean it in a hurtful context. She talked about India. Hindu faith was mentioned. I explained it to her because I had been informed by the consultant that it wasn’t possible because of the foetal heartbeat and not being able to put in a suture’.

She concluded that she was trying to be as kind as she could. She said she shouldn’t have said it and it came out the wrong way.

The Coroner said that the comments had gone around the world, and he stressed that no public hospitals in Ireland follow religious persuasion or dogma, which Ms Burke readily accepted.

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Man arrested in connection with serious assault in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault which took place in Tuam earlier this month.

Father of two Adrian Ansbro, a well known electrical contractor, was assaulted at Foster Place in the town in the early hours of July 11th.

He was stabilised at UHG following the incident and later transferred to Beaumount Hospital.

His condition has since been described as stable and improving.

An Garda Síochána have arrested and charged a man in connection with the incident.

The man, who is aged in his late teens, is to appear before a sitting of Ballina District Court this morning.

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Concern as GUH has one of highest patient waiting lists nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –

Galway University Hospitals Group has one of the highest patient waiting lists nationwide.

Close to 60 thousand unscheduled appointments remain on waiting lists for inpatient and outpatient services at the city’s two public hospitals..

That’s according to Sinn Fein Galway West TD Mairead Farrell who says the health service is facing a tsunami of delayed and missed care.

She argues GUH needs investment in urology and general surgery as more than four thousand people remain on lists for each service – with more than 45% of urology patients waiting for over a year.

Meanwhile, over five thousand children are also on waiting lists between UHG and Merlin Park.

It comes as Sinn Fein has launched its €914 million ‘Tackling Waiting Lists’ plan.

Deputy Farrell says the proposal seeks to give the health service the resources it needs to improve treatment for patients…

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Three popular Galway bathing locations deemed ‘littered’ in coastal survey

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three popular Galway bathing locations have been deemed as ‘littered’ in a new coastal litter survey.

Irish Business Against Litter’s latest study has given Salthill Beach, Dog’s Bay in Connemara and Loughrea Lake the second lowest designation for cleanliness.

IBAL’s latest nationwide litter survey of beaches, harbours and waterways shows Salthill, which was previously deemed as clean is now littered, alongside Dog Bay’s and Loughrea Lake.

Popular bathing locations around the country and their immediate environs were monitored by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce during June and July.

The An Taisce report for Salthill stated there was ‘overflowing litter bins and substantial fast-food and food related litter on top of and at the base of street bins’.

In reference to Dog’s Bay, the report found that much of the litter along the beach was marine related – including rope, twine and polystyrene – and the toe of the dunes contained the remains of a fence and a substantial wire entanglement embedded in the sand which posed a health risk.

Meanwhile, Loughrea Lake was marked down because there were heavy levels of a wide variety of food related litter and cigarette butts in the car park.

The report found that 40% of the 32 coastal areas surveyed nationwide were clean, but there was a rise in areas branded littered or heavily littered.

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