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Savita inquest adjourns until tomorrow

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The inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar has now concluded.

Proceedings have adjourned until tomorrow morning when it’s hoped a verdict will be reached.

Professor Grace Callegy was first to give her witness statement this morning and told the inquest that she carried out the autopsy on Ms. Halappanavar on 30th October.

She concluded that the cause of death was septic shock, e-coli infection and miscarriage at 17 weeks gestation associated with chorioamnionitis.

The inquest also heard that it was likely Savita had an ascending genital tract infection and hadn’t contracted it from another focus.

Retired consultant pathologist from the National Maternity Hospital in Hollis Street, Dr. Peter Keleghan was next to give his expert report.

He told the inquest that this case had classical appearances of septic abortion in the second trimester.

He said it was rarely seen by pathologists and that he had seen less than five cases in 40 years and none of these patients died, however in nearly all of the cases, the foetus did die.

The Coroner has now concluded the inquest after 7 days and will now prepare his summary.

It’s hoped a verdict will be reached by tomorrow.

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Anger over delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over lifetime of Government

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local Fianna Fail Senator is expressing anger over the delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over the lifetime of the current Government.

Senator Ollie Crowe said it’s a completely unacceptable figure that lags far behind other urban areas like Cork or Limerick.

But Minister Malcolm Noonan said the responsibility lies with Galway City and County Councils – and suggested they need a more ambitious agenda.

Senator Crowe said whoever is to blame, it’s an unacceptable situation and some sort of action is needed.

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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