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Former Master at National Maternity Hospital takes the stand at Savita inquest

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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.

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Several million in funding for East Galway under ‘Just Transition’ fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Several million euro has been awarded to projects in East Galway under the Government’s Just Transition Fund, which has been approved today.

The awards are part of a national pot worth €28m, designed to assist communities transitioning out of peat harvesting.

Projects that will directly benefit East Galway include the Ballyforan Greenway Loop, which has received almost €1m.

While half a million euro has been allocated to the Pulse Hub in Ballinasloe.

East Galway will also benefit from a large number of well-funded initiatives that are not county specific, but will benefit the area.

These include the Shannonbridge Action Group, which is to receive €400 thousand for the implementation of a strategic area response plan.

Galway East Fianna Fail Junior Minister Anne Rabbitte says all of the projects will create green and sustainable employment opportunities.

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6 further deaths nationally from COVID-19, 226 new cases, 6 in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,028 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Monday 23rd November, the HPSC has been notified of 226 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 70,930 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 115 are men / 109 are women
  • 56% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 42 years old
  • 64 in Dublin, 41 in Donegal, 23 in Tipperary, 13 in Limerick, 12 in Louth, 12 in Wicklow, and the remaining 61 in 16 other counties.

As of 2pm today 292 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 36 are in ICU. 18 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 23 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 23NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (10NOV2020 to 23NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days (10NOV2020 to 23NOV2020)
Ireland226107.85,131
Donegal41240.0382
Louth12211.8273
Limerick13192.4375
Waterford7150.6175
Roscommon0131.785
Dublin64118.01,590
Meath** (<5)116.9228
Offaly0116.791
Monaghan** (<5)112.469
Westmeath** (<5)111.599
Kilkenny8107.8107
Longford** (<5)97.940
Tipperary2390.9145
Cavan** (<5)89.368
Mayo** (<5)88.9116
Clare** (<5)83.399
Cork681.2441
Kildare** (<5)80.0178
Carlow** (<5)79.045
Wicklow1272.3103
Sligo071.747
Galway665.1168
Leitrim062.420
Kerry** (<5)60.990
Laois** (<5)49.642
Wexford** (<5)36.755
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Galway’s “Cloud” crowned Ireland’s Puppy of the Year 2020

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway lurcher has seen off competition from hundreds of dogs nationwide to be crowned Ireland’s Puppy of the Year 2020.

“Cloud”, a greengrass lurcher, is 4 months old and has the appearance of a miniature Irish Wolfhound.

She’ll now become the face of national pet-retailer Petmania for the upcoming year, and has claimed prizes worth over €1,500.

Judges commended her beautiful merle coat and amazing unique eyes, as well as her “rascal” personality.

Cloud’s owner, Aine Ni Fhaoláin, says Cloud’s special talents include playing fetch, belly rubs, and eating everything she can get her paws on.

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