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INQUEST TO RECALL MIDWIFE MANAGER AND DOCTOR

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Date Published: 12-Apr-2013

Praveen Halappanavar will not be attending the inquest into his wife Savita’s death today.

His solicitor explained to reporters that the inquiry has been taking its toll.

Praveen’s solicitor Gerard O’Donnell told the media upon entering the courthouse that Mr. Halappanavar has asked to be excused from proceedings today.

Speaking to the Coroner as the inquest resumed for today Barrister Eugene Gleeson said his client ‘was a little overwrought’.

The Coroner replied ‘I understand totally’.

The Coroner has called for Dr Ikechukwu Uzockwu, known as Dr. Ike and Midwife Manager Ann Maria Burke to return before the inquest.

They have both previously given their statement evidence earlier this week.

However both have given varying accounts of the time of a phone call and the content of that phone call.

HSE Senior Counsel Declan Buckley told the Coroner he will try to get Dr. Ike [Pro:i-key] to return to the inquest today and if not, on Wednesday.

Dr. Susan Knowles is now assisting the inquest with an expert report.

Her area of specialty is microbiology infection.

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Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case

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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.

 

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Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska

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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.

 

 

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Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike

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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.

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