Date Published: 17-Apr-2013
The sixth day of the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar has now adjourned for a short break after resuming at County Hall this morning.
The Coroner opened the inquest by advising of a number of new documents and reports.
One of these is an audit trail of blood tests as previously requested by the Coroner.
The inquest also heard that Dr. Peter Boylan, expert witness, has amended his report.
Midwife Manager Ann Maria Burke was first to be questioned in the witness box.
She had previously given her statement evidence last week, however she had been recalled as she and Dr Ikechukwu Uzockwu had given varying accounts of the time of a phone call and the content of that phone call on Tuesday October 23rd.
The Coroner questioned the midwife manager by asking if there was a little bit of confusion that the doctor says he was told all vital signs were normal during the call in question.
She answered: ‘I am 100% certain that I told what I said in the statement with regard to elevated pulse’.
Dr. Ike was next to give his witness evidence again and maintains that he was told during the call that all vital signs were in the normal range.
He also maintains the time of the call was between 9 and 11pm, while the nurse maintains it would have been before 8pm.
Following questioning by Barrister Eugene Gleeson, the inquest heard that only one vital sign was recorded between 9pm on Tuesday October 23rd and 6.30 the following morning.
The inquest has now adjourned for a short break so that legal teams can review new reports.
It will resume in the next few minutes when the inquest will hear from expert witness Dr. Peter Boylan, a former Master at the National Maternity Hospital.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.