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.
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.