Date Published: 10-Apr-2013
Cross-examination of consultant obstetrician Dr Katherine Astbury has now concluded.
Galway bay fm reports day three of the inquest resumed at 2pm where the consultant’s legal representative Eileen Barrington continued her earlier questions.
Eileen Barrington earlier referred to medical council guidelines and a paragraph which she said states that abortion is illegal in Ireland except when there is a real and substantial risk to the mother.
She explained this was on the balance of probability of 51% where there is a risk to the life, as opposed to the health,of the mother.
In this afternoon’s session the coroner raised concern about retrospective notes in medical records.
He asked if it was a good idea to have everybody working in the same document and added that if nurses had their own document , there would be no need to write retrospective notes.
Dr. Astbury said it’s to allow continuity so that you can see what is happening with the patient.
The coroner said it was very difficult to follow and when he asked the consultant could she see a failing, she said ‘yes’.
HSE Senior Counsel for the HSE Declan Buckely said he understands it’s so that all the care is in one book.
The consultant has now concluded her statement evidence.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.