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CONSULTANT OBSTETRICIAN TO BE QUESTIONED AT DAY THREE OF SAVITA INQUEST

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Savita Halappanavar’s inquest continues today with further evidence from a consultant who treated the 31 year old at UHG where she died following a miscarriage.

Dr Katherine Astbury is expected to deny a claim by Savita’s husband Praveen that she informed the couple the pregnancy could not be terminated because Ireland is a Catholic country.

Dr Astbury read her statement at the close of day two of the inquest yesterday.

Her deposition detailed her dealings with Ms. Halapannavar from a routine anti-natal visit to her hospitalisation later in October last year.

She said on one occasion Savita was very upset and enquired about the possibility of medication to cause her to miscarry.

She advised her that the legal position in Ireland did not allow her to terminate the pregnancy at that stage.

She also said that on Wednesday October 24th after her condition deteriorated, she had sought a second opinion from a colleague Dr.Geraldine Gaffney .

Ms. Astbury outlined to her colleague the clinical situation and said Ms Halapannavar needed a termination regardless of the foetal heart.

Up to four witness statements are expected to be heard from hospital personnel today.

The inquest resumes at 10 before Coroner Dr. Ciaran MacLoughlin.

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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

Irish Water and Galway County Council say the Gort and Loughrea outage has been caused by technical issues overnight at the Seefin Reservoir and Gort water treatment plant.

There is also a major leak on the watermain network at Raheen, Athenry resulting in water outage at Raheen Road, Moanbaun GWS, Prospect and Derrydonnell Road.

A contractor is expected on site shortly to carry out the repair works.

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Plans for Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans are underway for a Bubble Tea Shop at Abbeygate Street.

The plan is led by Esma Awad and would see the conversion of an existing retail unit at 26 Abbeygate Street Lower.

The planning application stresses that a Bubble Tea Shop is not a coffee shop nor does it produce any type of heat or steam.

However, planners have deemed the application incomplete and a fresh application will now have to be submitted.

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Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.

He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.

But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.

Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.

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