Date Published: 19-Nov-2012
A legal expert’s voicing concern at a number of proposals said to be contained in the report from the expert group on abortion.
The document’s been submitted to the Health Minister, who’ll bring it to cabinet next week.
Media reports claim the report will propose a number of options to deal with the issue, including the establishment of a two-doctor panel to decide whether an abortion should be carried out, on a case by case basis.
It comes as the HSE finalises details of the terms of reference for an inquiry into the case of Savita Halappanavar.
The 31 year old dentist had been living in the city and died on the 28th of October after contracting septicaemia following a miscarriage at University Hospital Galway.
Her husband, 34 year old Praveen, an engineer at Boston Scientific, claims she was repeatedly refused a medical termination.
Barrister and healthcare ethics expert Simon Mills says the idea of the medical panel is already in use in other countries.
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.