Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

CITY TRIBUNE

Coroner’s warning following opioid-related deaths

Published

on

Galway West Coroner, Dr. Ciaran MacLoughlin

From this week’s Galway City Tribune: The Coroner for Galway West issued a warning this week against the abuse of highly-addictive opioids which contributed to three deaths that came before Galway Coroner’s Court.

Dr Ciarán MacLoughlin said he was “very sad” to see a number of these cases come before him on Monday and noted that opioids were being abused by people in receipt of them legitimately, by prescription, and by those who were purchasing them illegally on the streets.

“If taken in ignorance, people are not aware that they can, if combined with other drugs, have a synergistic effect – or if taken with alcohol, that can also have a synergistic effect – and as we’ve seen, the outcome can be fatal.

“Doctors who are prescribing these drugs need to be made aware that we are seeing a number of this type of incident,” said Dr MacLoughlin.

This came after the Coroner closed the inquests of three men who all died following opioid abuse.

In the first case, Dr MacLoughlin heard how Niall Caden (43) from Renmore was found collapsed by waiting staff from the King’s Head Bar and Restaurant on the Old Malt Lane in Galway City when they heard a bang against the window.

The inquest heard evidence from Paul Folan, a friend of Mr Caden, that the deceased had been drinking on the day of his death prior to his collapse. Mr Folan said Mr Caden appeared to be asleep on the ground on Old Malt Lane when he arrived at the scene.

Jason McCarthy, who described himself as a friend of Mr Caden going back 22 years, drove into the city centre to assist. He said Mr Caden was “snoring” on the ground but that he and Paul Folan managed to get Mr Caden walking to the car.

When they arrived at Mr McCarthy’s house, Mr Caden was left asleep in the car. Mr McCarthy said he had checked on Mr Caden a number of times throughout the night but at 1.20am, he found him in an unresponsive state and had his wife call an ambulance.

Mr Caden was taken to UHG where he later died following failed attempts to resuscitate him.

The pathologist’s report stated that Mr Caden had gone into cardiac arrest. A tablet that was found in Mr Caden’s possession was sent to the State Laboratory for testing and was found to have been an Oxycodone tablet – an opioid.

Reading into evidence the post mortem examination findings, Dr MacLoughlin said Mr Caden had “lethal levels” of oxycodone in his blood and a blood alcohol reading of 240mg per cent.

“Oxycodone is a prescription medication but it is available on the street with a street name of ‘Oxycotton’. It’s very addictive and we’ve, in the past, had at least one death in the city with this drug,” said Dr MacLoughlin.

Giving a verdict of death by misadventure, Dr MacLoughlin said the cause of death was respiratory depression due to the combined effects of alcohol and opioid overdose.

“It was a reckless thing to do and the effects, unfortunately, resulted in his death. It was not an accident; it was misadventure which is when somebody does something quite risky and unfortunately, that risk materialises – that risk caused his death,” said the Coroner.

Dr MacLoughlin offered his condolences to Mr Caden’s family and to his friends, whom he said had acted responsibly on the night of his death and who were not aware of the seriousness of his condition.

(Photo: Coroner Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin)
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

CITY TRIBUNE

Mercury hit 30°C for Galway City’s hottest day in 45 years

Published

on

From this week’s Galway City Tribune –

Wednesday was the hottest day in the city over the past 45 years when with a high of 30.1 Celsius being recorded at the NUI Galway Weather Station.

The highest temperature ever recorded in the city dates back to June 30, 1976, when the late Frank Gaffney had a reading of 30.5° Celsius at his weather station in Newcastle.

Pharmacists and doctors have reported a surge in people seeking treatment for sunburn.

A Status Yellow ‘high temperature warning’ from Met Éireann – issued on Tuesday – remains in place for Galway and the rest of the country until 9am on Saturday morning.

It will be even hotter in the North Midlands, where a Status Orange temperature warning is in place.

One of the more uncomfortable aspects of our current heatwave has been the above average night-time temperatures and the high humidity levels – presenting sleeping difficulties for a lot of people.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Property Tax hike voted down in Galway City

Published

on

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A proposal to boost Galway City Council coffers by half a million euro every year by increasing Local Property Tax (LPT) did not receive the support of city councillors.

Councillor Peter Keane (FF) failed to get a seconder at this week’s local authority meeting for his motion to increase the LPT payable on Galway City houses by 5%.

Cllr Keane said that the increase would net the Council €500,000 every year, which could be spent evenly on services across all three electoral wards.

It would be used to fund services and projects city councillors are always looking for, including a proposal by his colleague Cllr Imelda Byrne for the local authority to hire additional staff for city parks.

The cost to the taxpayer – or property owner – would be minimal, he insisted.

“It would mean that 90% of households would pay 37 cent extra per week,” he said.

Not one of the 17 other elected members, including four party colleagues, would second his motion and so it fell.

Another motion recommending no change in the current rate of LPT in 2022 was passed by a majority.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Galway City Council needs 40 more workers to help deliver on projects

Published

on

From this week’s Galway City Tribune –  Forty more workers are needed at City Hall ‘right away’, the Chief Executive of Galway City Council has said.

Brendan McGrath has warned city councillors that the local authority is understaffed and it needs to hire more staff immediately to deliver its plans and projects.

The total cost of the extra 40 workers, including salary, would be between €1.75 million and €1.95 million.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council had a workforce now that was below what it had in 2007, but the city’s population has grown and so too had the services the Council provides.

The population of Galway City grew by almost 11% in the 10 years to 2016, he said, and total staff numbers in the Council fell by 13.6% during that period.

Though more staff were hired in recent years, Mr McGrath said that the Council was at 2007 and 2008 staffing levels, even though the Census will record further increases in population since 2016.

Mr McGrath said that the City Council now provides 1,000 services across a range of departments, far more than during the 2000s.

He said that currently, 524 staff are employed at the City Council. This equated to 493 Whole Time Equivalents when part-time workers such as school wardens and Town Hall workers are included.

Mr McGrath said that 12% of all staff are in acting up positions, with many more in short-term or fixed-term contracts. There was a highly competitive jobs market and the Council was finding recruitment and retention of specialist staff difficult.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending