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Loughrea man settles HSE case for €1.5m

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Loughrea man is to receive 1.5 million euro after a defibrillator repeatedly failed to deliver shocks while he was being resuscitated for cardiac arrest.

69 year old John Boyle of Masonbrook sued the HSE claiming staff at Portiuncula Hospital did not pay proper attention during the procedure.

On the 7 feb 2006 John Boyle suffered cardiac arrest and collapsed while in the waiting area of the A&E department.

The court heard the defibrillator used to resuscitate him recorded at intervals that no shock had been given but it’s alleged this was only noticed by a nurse after about 80 minutes.

Suing for negligence through his wife Joan Boyle, the retired plasterer alleged hospital staff had failed to effectively monitor the machine.

He claimed this meant he suffered prolonged cardiac arrests and a brain injury that left him fully dependent.

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Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU rewetting laws will devastate stock levels

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU laws on the rewetting of drained peatlands being used for agriculture will devastate stock levels.

The regulations have high reclaimation targets set – 30 percent by 2030, 50 percent by 2040 and 70 percent by 2050.

Farmers have expressed fierce opposition to the proposals but Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed his support in a Dáil exchange with Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Deputy Fitzmaurice says if it comes to pass, the impact on stock will be devastating.

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County council seeks funding for Athenry to Oranmore cycleway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has submitted a funding application for a new cycleway connecting Athenry to Oranmore.

It would be funded under Transport Minister Eamon Ryan’s Pathfinder grant programme for cycling and walking schemes.

The Athenry/Oranmore cycleway proposes to connect both areas and surrounds to Galway city.

Local TD Ciaran Cannon vows to make a strong case for the project at Government level:

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Immunology experts to host fireside chat in Galmont Hotel tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – World renowned immunologist Luke O’Neill will be discussing infectious diseases at the Galmont Hotel in the city tomorrow.

He will be joined by Poolbeg Pharma co-founder Cathal Friel for a fireside chat to forecast the future of Covid-19 and influenza in Ireland over the coming months.

The free event, which starts at 5:30pm, is open to all members of the public and places can be booked on poolbegpharma.com.

Cathal Friel gives his thoughts on how we should handle Covid-19 infections going forward.

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