Date Published: 17-Apr-2013
Questioning of expert witness, Dr. Peter Boylan, a former Master at the National Maternity Hospital has now concluded.
Earlier, Dr.Boylan told the inquest that had Ms. Halappanavar had a termination on the Monday of Tuesday of her time in hospital, it is highly likely she would not have died.
However he noted it was NOT a practicable position at that time because of the law as there was not a real and substantial risk to her life at that stage.
Following lengthy questioning by Barrister Eugene Gleeson, Dr.Boylan was questioned by HSE Senior Counsel Declan Buckley.
He asked if the rarity of this case is a difficulty visited upon nurses, doctors and right up to consultants – the expert witness agreed.
Legal representative Eileen Barrington also took up questioning.
She referred to a paragraph in the medical council guidelines related to exceptional circumstances where termination may be considered and asked would the rupturing of membranes have constituted this – the expert replied ‘No’.
His questioning has now concluded and Dr. Boylan has been discharged by the Coroner.
Dr. Frans Colesky is now giving his witness statement – he carried out the post mortem on the placenta.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.