Date Published: 27-Nov-2012
The HSE has moved to clarify the key actions taken by University Hospital Galway following the death of Savita Halappanavar last month.
Members of the HSE West regional forum were briefed at this afternoon’s meeting of the forum at Merlin Park Hospital.
Members also voted to postpone calls for a public inquiry on the 31 year olds death UNTIL the results of the other investigations are revealed.
Members heard on Oct 30th the HSE’s national incident management team was verbally notified followed by a formal notification on November 1st. UHG then began the process of udentifying clinicians and preparing terms of reference,
He added that on November 14th the HSE confirmed that the National Incident Management team would oversee the investigation, and the internal review was subsumed into that process.
In response, City Councillor Catherine Connolly queried why it had taken the HSE a full month to clarify its actions, and questioned the silence until the tragedy was later reported on in a national newspaper.
Members then discussed the incident at length but were in general consensus that they should hold fire on calling for a public sworn inquiry.
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.