Date Published: 17-Apr-2013
Expert witness Dr. Peter Boylan, a former Master at the National Maternity Hospital has now taken the witness stand at the Savita inquest at County Hall.
The consultant obstetrician in gynaecology at the National Maternity Hospital told the inquest that the majority of his publications relate to care of women and babies during the course of labour.
After Dr. Boylan concludes his evidence, 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.
The Coroner hopes that a verdict will be reached by Friday.
Earlier this morning the inquest heard that some of her vital signs were not checked in the 9 and a half hour period before she was diagnosed with an infection.
The 31 year old year dentist died from septicaemia following a miscarriage at Galway University Hospital on October 28th last.
Mid-wife manager Ann Maria Burke who was recalled by the coroner insists she’s one hundred per cent certain she informed a doctor that Savita had an elevated pulse on the Tuesday evening before her miscarriage.
The house doctor says he was told her vital signs were normal.
It’s emerged during his evidence that not all of the 31 year old’s vital signs were checked between 9pm Tuesday and 6.30 the following morning when Savita was diagnosed with an infection of the foetal membranes.
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.