An expert witness has told the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar that the real problem was the inability to terminate the pregnancy at an earlier stage.
Dr. Peter Boylan, a former Master at the National Maternity Hospital was giving his summary expert report before Coroner Dr. Ciaran MacLoughlin.
After reading his expert report, Dr. Boylan opened his summary by telling the inquest that had Ms. Halappanavar had a termination on the Monday of Tuesday of her time in hospital, it is highly likely she would not have died.
However he notes it was NOT a practicable position at that time because of the law.
He noted that she suffered an overwhelming infection and died despite the best efforts of the medical team.
He said there were a number of deficiencies in her care such as a white cell count not noted and the test therefore not repeated, a conflict of witness evidence on the 23rd, and also referenced that all vital signs were not checked between 9pm on Tuesday October 23rd and 6.30am the following morning.
He also said that the notes taken on the morning of October 24th were of poor quality and retrospective and that there was a lack of statement from the nurse caring for Ms. Halappanavar on that morning.
The Coroner told the jury that the nurse in question is the only witness that hasn’t given a statement and won’t be giving one and has certification.
Dr.Boylan also summarised that there was a delay in appropriate treatment, however nevertheless, even if the appropriate treatment had been given earlier on the morning of October 24th, that the outcome would not have been any different.
He concluded by saying the real problem was the inability to terminate the pregnancy at an earlier stage prior to Ms. Halappanavar developing a real and substantial risk to her life and added that ‘effectively it was too late to save her life’.
After questioning of Dr. Boylan concludes, the inquest will hear from Dr. Frans Colesky who did the post mortem on the placenta, and Dr. Michael Tan Chien Sheng who did the post-mortem on the foetus.
Tomorrow the inquest will hear from Professor Grace Callegy who did the full post mortem on Ms. Halappanavar. It’s hoped a verdict will be reached by Friday.
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Appeal over refusal of plans to expand Skeffington Arms Hotel
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The city council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a significant expansion of the Skeffington Arms Hotel has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.
The project would have seen the demolition of the existing nightclub building to make way for a seven-story building over the existing basement.
This would make way for 44 hotel bedrooms.
The project also involved realignment structural consolidation, and re-cladding of the existing second storey bridge linking to the main hotel building, to provide an upper level link between the existing hotel and the proposed extension.
The existing basement would have remained in place, while the ground floor and sixth floors would also have contained customer facilities including reception, foyer, restaurant, and café/breakfast area.
Part of the proposed development is located within the Eyre Square Architectural Conservation Area and the site is adjacent to a number of protected structures.
In making their decision, city planners cited two factors.
One cited the overall poor design in contributing to the unacceptable nature of the development – including the scale, height and low quality visual appearance of the proposed extension – as well as the impact on the Eyre Square Architectural Conservation Area, and the affect on the city centre streetscape.
The decision has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanala and a decision is due in November.
County Councillors back plans to lease part of Galway Airport to film group
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Councillors have voted unanimously in favour of continuing contacts and negotiations with a film production company that wants to go into business at the Galway Airport site in Carnmore.
However, a substantial number of Councillors insisted that arrangements would have to be made with the Galway Flying Club so that the Club could continue using the facilities at the Airport location.
There was broad support from Councillors for the plan by the Danú company from Spiddal to set up in Carnmore. Galway City Council have previously backed the project.
Councillor P.J. Murphy was among those who said that the Connemara Gaeltacht is a good example of what can be achieved in film and television production. Karey McHugh said the project could give Galway natives trained in media and film an option to work at home.
Councillor Jim Cuddy said the Galway Flying Club facilities had to be protected in Carnmore and added that a masterplan for the site is needed.
Councillor Declan Geraghty warned against abandoning the aeronautic facilites at Carnmore like railway lines were abandoned in the past.
Director of Services, Liam Hanrahan, said that the basic airport infrastructure would not be lost and that Councillors would be further advised about the ongoing negotiation in the coming months.
The initial investment – if a lease is signed with Danú – is put at €3m. with support from Údarás na Gaeltachta and the Western Development Commission included.