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Galway hospital apologises to cancer patient for smear test ‘failure’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway University Hospitals has apologised to a woman with cervical cancer for failing to detect an abnormality in her original smear test.

According to today’s Irish Independent, the apology came at the High Court as the patient settled her case against the HSE for 1.2 million euro.

The woman’s counsel previously told the court his client was given the all-clear on tests taken under the cervical screening programme in 2006 and 2009.

In her action, it was claimed the patient’s test in 2006 was misinterpreted so her cancer was allowed to develop and spread without being identified, monitored or treated until she was diagnosed with stage 2 cervical cancer in 2009.

Five years ago, the patient was confirmed to have cancer in her right lung and pelvis – the disease later developed in her left lung.

Reviews were carried out on the 2009 smear test which showed the original report of the test was incorrect.

The patient – who cannot be named by order of the court – is currently receiving palliative care for cervical cancer.

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Galway TD hits out at voting procedures for island communities

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A bill allowing people on island communities to vote on the same day as those on the mainland will not be passed before next month’s general election.

That’s according to Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv, who has hit out at the Local Government Minister Eoghan Murphy for not progressing the bill in time.

The Electoral Bill 2014 was proposed by Deputy O Cuiv, and following a discussion with Minister Murphy, it was agreed that the Minister would draft some amendments to the bill to progress it more efficiently.

According to Deputy O Cuiv the amendments were never produced, however, and the bill could not pass as a result.

The general election polling day for all off-shore islands, including those in Galway, will be Friday the 7th of February – a day before the rest of the country.

Deputy O Cuiv says he is very frustrated by the whole situation.

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Planning permission refused for controversial biogas plant near Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a controversial biogas plant near Gort have been turned down.

The plan was led by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited and would have been located in the townlands of Ballynamantan, Kinincha and Glenbrack.

In January of last year, an application to develop a biogas plant on a 10 hectare site around 1km from Gort was withdrawn by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited.

A second application was submitted in November for the plant, which would utilise anaerobic digestion technology to produce renewable energy and organic fertiliser.

Both proposals encountered significant opposition from the local community regarding its location and the potential impact on the environment.

County planners have now refused permission for the project citing a number of factors in the decision.

For more, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 5.

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Study finds shape and landscape of Galway suitable for rail system

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new maths-based report has determined that the shape of Galway City makes the creation of a light rail system more feasible.

The study was carried out at the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway.

It examined the role of geometric information in determining the utility of a small urban light rail or tram system.

It found the rectangular shape of Galway City – which is three times longer than it is wide – makes such a system more feasible than in many other cities, particularly those which are circular in shape.

However, the assessment is offered from a scientific point of view, and is not a study on the sustainability or overall viability of a rail system for Galway.

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