Date Published: 11-Apr-2013
An ICU nurse has recounted Savita’s final moments at day four of the inquest into her death.
She is the eighth witness to read her statement today before Coroner Dr. Ciaran McLoughlin.
ICU nurse Jacinta Gately was the last to read her deposition in proceedings so far today and detailed her involvement in Savita’s care from 27th October when she took a handover to the 28th when Ms.Halappanavar died.
She told the inquest that upon taking up the handover she saw the team as they were attempting to insert an arterial line.
She said CPR was commenced later thant night and drugs were given as per guidelines and within minutes of commencing CPR she went to get Praveen and explained it would be a difficult time so he was accompanied by a friend.
She said Ms. Halappanavar was not responding to CPR efforts and confirmed time of death as 1.09 on October 28th.
Prior to this Nurse Aine Nic an Beatha gave evidence of her involvement with care and her queries regarding platelets to be given to Savita.
After a short break in the inquest at midday, UHG theatre nurse Noreen Hannegan gave her statement and explained how she assisted the anaesthetic team on October 24th, held Savita’s hand and explained the procedure of inserting the lines.
She said Savita had felt pressure down below and then learned that the foetus had passed followed by the placenta.
She said after the lines were inserted, Praveen came in and she and her colleagues allowed them time to grieve.
She concluded by saying: ‘I held her hand and wished her well and she thanked me. That was my last contact with Ms. Halappanavar and I wish to extend my condolences’.
After a short break at midday, the Coroner queried the process of giving B positive platelets to a B negative patient and said while he’s sure it’s alright, he wanted to check.
He asked for a consultant haematologist to explain that to the inquest.
So far today the inquest has heard from eight witnesses.
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.