Date Published: 11-Apr-2013
Day four of the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar has just concluded.
Consultant Microbiologist Dr. Deirbhile Keady was among the witnesses to read her statement this afternoon.
She recounted a call received at home where her expert advice was sought in relation to the selection of antibiotics for Ms. Halappanavar.
During cross-examination, Coroner Dr. Ciaran MacLoughlin questioned whether there was any delay in getting a blood sample sent to testing on the Wednesday morning of Savita’s time in hospital.
Barrister Eugene Gleeson said it would seem the sample was taken at 7am and the Coroner referenced records which suggested the sample reached testing shortly after 10 that morning, some three hours later.
HSE Senior Counsel Declan Buckley said he would check it.
Dr. Keady maintained that she would not have changed the antibiotics given to Savita even if she had received the blood tests sooner.
She told the inquest that the antibiotics she was on covered the likely pathogens.
Two further witness statements were heard prior to the conclusion of this afternoon’s proceedings.
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.