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HSE WEST MEMBERS BRIEFED AT FORUM MEETING ON SAVITA DEATH

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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