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FOCUS ON BLOOD TEST DELAYS AND BLOOD PLATELETS AT SAVITA INQUEST

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A consultant haematologist has concluded the statement evidence given at day four of the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar.

Her attendance followed a request from Coroner Ciaran MacLoughlin earlier today who sought clarification on the process of giving B positive platelets to a Bnegative patient.

An earlier witness statement from an ICU nurse stated that B positive platelets were approved to be given to Ms. Halappanavar as long as she had anti-d.

A microbiologist has said it would be of concern to her that a blood sample from Savita Halappanavar took over three hours to reach the laboratory for testing.

However Consultant Deirbhile Keady has told the 31 year old’s inquest that the right antibiotics were administered even before the results which showed the presence of infection became known.

The inquest has now concluded and will resume again tomorrow morning for the fifth day of proceedings.

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Hopes extra Garda in Loughgeorge will help tackle ‘huge spate’ of burglaries

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are hopes that the addition of an extra Garda in Loughgeorge will help tackle burglaries in the area.

Athenry-Oranmore councillor James Charity says there has been a ‘huge spate’ of burglaries across the district in the previous year.

He says that while all new resources into Loughgeorge are welcome – more could be done to combat crime in the area.

Coucillor Charity outlines the changes he would like to see for policing in the area.

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Council seek funding for re-design of “accident blackspot” at Derrydonnell Cross Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is seeking funding for the full re-design of the layout of Derrydonnell Cross in Athenry.

It would include a safety audit at the junction this year, with the aim of creating a more straightforward layout for traffic.

The council has made a submission to the Department of Transport to make it a priority for 2023.

Councillor David Collins outlines what measures could improve safety at the cross:

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Green light for demolition of former Clarin College in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The go-ahead has been given for plans to demolish the former Clarin College school campus in Athenry.

The two-storey building at Caheroyn Road was vacated with the opening of a new one-thousand pupil school on the outskirts of the town in 2019.

The works will see all permanent and associated buildings demolished, as well as foundations and surfaces.

County planners have granted permission to GRETB for the works with 13 conditions attached.

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