Date Published: 02-Jun-2011
By Bernie Ní Fhlatharta
A Galway man whose life was changed forever after he developed a cold sore was awarded €4.5m at the High Court for brain damage which left him in a permanent childlike state.
Martin Ó Brien from Laurel Park, Newcastle got a viral infection, Herpes Simplex, sometime between January and March of 1996 which led to viral encephalitis, leaving him severely brain damaged.
After a 15 year battle with the HSE, the O’Briens won their case when a High Court judge in Dublin approved the settlement.
This week, Annemarie, Martin’s wife, said she was delighted with the settlement but regretted that it had taken so long.
“The children are aged 16 and twelve now, but there were times when they were younger when I hadn’t enough money to put oil in the tank to heat our home. We have struggled financially over the years, but, even so, I made sure that the children always enjoyed Christmas and we tried to have holidays most years.
“Martin is still the same. Rachel was just a baby when this happened to him so the children never knew the Martin I married and they never had the father they should have had,” she said.
Martin, who is 45 now, was treated at Merlin Park Hospital for an itchy rash and sores, but at some point he developed Herpes Simplex which Annemarie says, was not treated by his medical carers.
Since then, about 13 years ago, Martin has been cared for at home by Annemarie. It was a cause of celebration when Benjamin was born, though admittedly he is more of a brother than a son to Martin.
“Martin is totally unaware of the settlement. As long as he has his cigarettes he’s happy. He goes to rehab in Ballybane most days and he loves it. The money will help certainly, but it will never bring Martin back to how he was,” she adds.
Annemarie’s strength and care of Martin was praised by the High Court judge. She has certainly shown great courage and determination. They had barely been three years married when the viral infection struck.
For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
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.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
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.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
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.