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INQUEST TO RECALL MIDWIFE MANAGER AND DOCTOR

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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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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Clifden gets official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden has received official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town.

The status will see the local community receive half a million euro in state investment to advance the usage of Irish in the area.

To kick start the process, FORUM Connemara has launched a community language plan alongside Connemara Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Mannion, of FORUM Connemara outlines the aims of the plan.

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