Date Published: 09-Apr-2013
Dr Katherine Astbury has read her statement at the close of day two of the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar.
The consultant detailed her dealings with Ms. Halapannavar from a routine
anti-natal visit to her hospitalisation later in October last year.
The consultant took to the witness box just before 4 this afternoon and began by saying she met Savita for a routine anti-natal visit on October 11th.
She said she was a fit 31 year old in her first pregnancy with a history of back pain.
She noted she was not in the hospital on the date when Savita was admitted on 21st October after presenting for the second time that day – this timewith persistent back pain.
She confirmed her membrane had ruptured when a review was carried out on
She detailed subsequent reviews where scans confirmed the existence of a
On one occasion she said Savita was very upset and enquired about the possibility of medication to cause her to miscarry. She advised her that the legal position in Ireland did not allow her to terminate the pregnancy at that stage.
After her condition deteriorated, the consultant received a call and upon review said Savita was sweating and had difficulty breathing.
She then sought a second opinion from a colleague Dr. Geraldine Gaffney at the anti-natal clinic.
Ms. Astbury outlined to her colleague the clinical situation and said Ms Halapannavar needed a termination regardless of the foetal heart.
Her colleague Dr. Geraldine Gaffney agreed and offered to write a medical note to that effect.
She collected the scanner from the clinic and then found that the foetal demise had already occurred.
A spontaneous delivery followed.
She continued to detail the chronology of events from when Savita was taken to the high dependency unit to her eventual death on October 28th.
She said Savita suffered a cardiac arrest and attempts to resuscitate her were not successful.
She concluded by extending her sympathies and condolences to the next of kin.
Earlier Miriam Dunleavy, a staff midwife at UHG gave evidence.
Upon questioning, she said entries were put into Ms Halappanavar’s medical
notes by the hospital’s internal investigation team.
The coroner raised questions as to the appropriateness of this.
Senior Counsel for the HSE Declan Buckley said this is to be checked.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.