Date Published: 16-Nov-2012
Details are expected to be released today [Nov 16] of a planned HSE review into the death of Savita Halappanavar at UHG last month.
Earlier this week, the HSE said it was in the process of appointing an independent expert to oversee the work of its inquiry into the death of the 31-year-old.
Savita, a dentist, had lived in the city with her husband, 34 year old Praveen, an engineer at Boston Scientific, and died after contracting septicaemia following a miscarriage at University Hospital Galway.
Her family claim she was refused a medical termination.
The HSE says it’s strengthening the National Incident Management Team being put together – by putting an outside expert in obstetrics and gynaecology in charge.
The review team – and it’s terms of reference – are expected to be announced later.
Meanwhile, another candlelit vigil was held last night, this time in Belfast, where demonstrators said they were shocked at Savita’s death.
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.