Date Published: 14-Nov-2012
The Government is again being urged to legislate for the X-Case – after it emerged a woman in Galway died from septicaemia after suffering a miscarriage.
Inquiries are underway into the death of 31 year old Savita Halappanavar – who, the Irish Times reports, was allegedly told by hospital staff at UHG that a termination couldn’t be carried out while a foetal heartbeat was still present.
On October 21st, Savita Halappanavar – who was 17 weeks pregnant – went to University Hospital Galway in severe pain.
She was told she was miscarrying her baby – and in the following days, her family say she requested a termination but was told by staff at the facility that it could not be performed as long as there was still a foetal heartbeat.
When the heartbeat stopped, Savita underwent the procedure and was brought to intensive care, but died from septicaemia on October 28th.
Both the HSE and University Hospital Galway have launched inquiries into the case – and the hospital has also extended its sympathy to Savita’s family.
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.