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NO ADVANCE WARNING IN PLACE FOR CRYPTOSPORIDIUM OUTBREAK

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 06-Apr-2008

A study of the emergency department at University Hospital Galway has shown there was NO mechanism in place to detect trends that could have warned about the cryptosporidium outbreak that occurred in Galway in March last year.

The study published by the Irish Health Journal shows that despite 185 patients being diagnosed with atypical gastroenteritis in the run up to the outbreak, an imminent public health epidemic was not foreseen

It’s now emerged that 3 quarters of those affected with gastroenteritis, 5 weeks before the outbreak of cryptosporidium were living in the affected area.

According to the study, identifying public health dangers is ‘impeded by a lack of proper information and technology in emergency departments’.

A boil notice was eventually put in place in Galway city for five months.

Nearly 250 people were diagnosed with illness caused by cryptosporidium but it’s believed thousands of people were affected by the symptoms which included nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

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Appeal for information following Portumna crash

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.

The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.

Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.

Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.

He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060

 

 

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President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.

It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.

The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.

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Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.

The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.

The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.

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