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ICU NURSE GIVES EVIDENCE OF SAVITA’S LAST MOMENTS

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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.

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1,345 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,345* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 141 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 25 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We are currently experiencing high incidence of COVID-19 across many counties. There has been a significant increase in hospitalization over the last fortnight.

“Please continue to avoid crowded spaces, keep distance from others, keep indoor settings well ventilated by opening windows and doors, wear a mask where appropriate.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “87% of cases today are in those aged less than 45 years. If you are awaiting your vaccine or are awaiting your second dose, continue to protect yourself by following public health advice.

“Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective. Please get vaccinated as soon as you have the opportunity to do so.”

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County Councillors vote by narrow margin against any increase to Local Property Tax

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Councillors today decided by a one vote majority to maintain the Local Property Tax at its present rate in the County despite a strong request from management for an increase.

C.E.O., Jim Cullen, told todays meeting that the Council was seriously hampered for the want of money and he sought a 15% increase in the property tax to stabilise the situation.

CEO Jim Cullen set the scene in stark terms. At this stage it looks like spending will exceed income to the tune of €4.6m. next year. An increase of 15% in the property tax was the only realistic short-term option to stem the tide, Mr Cullen said.

The CEO stated that the increase would enable the maintenance of services and give the Council a stronger hand in looking for more money from the Government in Dublin. Galway has lagged behind similar sized Counties for years in the amount of money it gets from Central Government – €740 per person in Galway as again’st €1,257 per person in Mayo. .

Councillors such as James Charity, Joe Sheridan and Dáithí Ó Cualáin said they were not persuaded that there would be extra money from Government funds even if the Property Tax was increased.

Councillor Albert Dolan turned the tables around and proposed a 15% reduction in the Propery Tax but that was heavily defeated. Councillor Joe Beirne and Thomas Welby put a motion to the floor supporting a 15% increase and this was defeated by one vote …..17 for and 16 again’st with 5 abstentions.

The net result is no change in the property tax in Co Galway this year.

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Three people died on Galway roads in first six months of 2021

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 3 people have died on Galway roads in the first six months of this year.

That’s according to figures from the Road Safety Authority, which show that nationally, 65 people have died on Irish roads between January and July 15th.

Dublin had the highest number of fatalities at 11, followed by Limerick, Tipperary, Kerry and Louth which each had 5.

The research found that rural roads, with speed limits of 80km per hour or higher, are the most likely places for a fatal collision to occur.

RSA CEO Sam Waide says counties Leitrim, Clare, Offaly, Laois and Carlow had no fatalities during this time.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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