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.
Eamon Ryan voices opposition to old rail lines in West being turned into greenways
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Transport Minister says he wants to see older rail lines in the west and south return to their original use, not turned into greenways.
Eamon Ryan says he wants to see a revived ‘Western Atlantic Rail Corridor’, spanning from Ballina in Mayo to Rosslare in Wexford.
There had been initial plans for the Claremorris to Athenry, and Waterford to Wexford lines to be turned into greenways.
Minister Ryan says the outcome of a strategic rail review will determine the future of these former tracks.
Campaigners to protest at Skerritt Roundabout this weekend over ‘lethal’ conditions
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Campaigners are set to protest at Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway this weekend, over ‘lethal’ conditions at roundabouts across the city.
The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, will run a pop-up pedestrian crossing near the roundabout on Sunday at 11am.
They’re chosen Skerritt Roundabout as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.
But they say the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.
Organiser, Gráinne Faller, told David Nevin the people of Galway – whether on foot, on a bicycle or in a car – deserve far better.
Ballinasloe student creates award winning natural hair straightener
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 13 year old student from Ardscoil Mhuire in Ballinasloe has been recognised for creating an innovative hair straightener.
Erin Godswill’s project came second in the science category of the national competition, Teen Turn’s Scifest.
The natural product, which resembles a hair mask, aims to straighten hair without any chemical treatment.
Ard Scoil Mhuire entered 6 projects, with one also entered from Presentation College Headford.
Erin explains how she developed the hair straightening mask.