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.
New exhibition to represent female victims of domestic violence unveiled at ATU
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new art exhibition, to represent women who have been victims of domestic abuse, was unveiled today at ATU Wellpark Campus.
The piece was commissioned by COPE Galway, and completed by artist Maura Finnegan.
The arts consists of seven women’s faces and below each one is a QR code which will lead people to an online link to the women’s stories.
Rachel Timoney attended today’s event.
The Indian Ambassador praises Galway during city visit
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- The Indian Ambassador has expressed his admiration for Galway during his visit for Asia Business Week.
Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra kicked off the week with a talk at ATU Galway today.
The ambassador complimented what he called a ‘synergy’ between Ireland and India.
He also said it’s important for international engagement across the whole country:
Protest at County Hall over lack of engagement on Athlone-Galway Greenway
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- A protest has taken place at County Hall over an alleged lack of engagement with local residents on the planned Athlone to Galway Greenway.
A preferred route has emerged which goes from Athlone through Shannonbridge, Meelick, Portumna, Gort, Kinvara and into Galway City.
But local residents and landowners argue there’s been no meaningful engagement and they’re still “in the dark” about many aspects of the development.
At County Hall today, they carried banners with a wide range of slogans, including “No trust means no Greenway”.
These people voiced their concerns about what route may be taken between Kinvara and Kilcolgan: