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CONSULTANT RESPONDS TO ALLEGED COMMENTS ON CATHOLIC COUNTRY

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Consultant obstetrician Dr Katherine Astbury is now being cross examined by Praveen Halappanavar’s Senior Counsel Eugene Gleeson.

He asked the consultant what percentage was the possibility that the foetus would reach viability on Monday evening 22nd October.

She answered that available medical knowledge would suggest that a patient whose membranes have ruptured under 20 weeks would have a 12 to 18 percent chance of foetus reaching viability.

He also referred to observation charts in the medical records.

Dr. Astbury said five four-hourly checks of vital signs were carried out on Monday 22nd October instead of six as per policy guidelines when membranes have ruptured.

Dr. Astbury was questioned on the legalities in other countries, she said on the patient request in some other countries, patients in gestation up to 20 weeks are offered either termination OR continuation of the pregnancy.

She said after Savita had requested a termination on the Tuesday morning of her hospitalisation when there was no substantial risk to her life, she told her that in this country, it is not legal to terminate a pregnancy on the grounds of poor prognosis for the foetus.

She was questioned on Praveen’s claim that she told Savita when requesting a termination ‘Unfortunately I cannot, this is a catholic country, we are bound by the law’.

She responded by saying she made NO such mention of religion but said she cannot terminate in Ireland because the foetus is still alive.

She stressed it was something she ‘certainly would not say’. When pressed, she said it would certainly be insensitive. Her questioning continues.

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Findings of survey on future of Headford to be revealed next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The findings of a major public survey on the future of Headford will be revealed next week. (5/12)

The ‘Reimagine Headford Community Survey was undertaken earlier this year.

It aims to gather opinion on what improvements would make the town a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

The results of the survey will be revealed at an event at The Angler’s Rest Hotel on Monday at 8pm.

Helena McElmeel of the Headford Town Team discussed the findings with Joseph Murray.

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City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.

Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.

Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.

Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.

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Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.

That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.

He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.

Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.

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