Savita Halappanavar’s inquest has heard when she asked for an abortion at University Hospital Galway a midwife told her ‘we dont do that here dear, it’s a Catholic thing’.
A friend of the 31 year old dentist is giving evidence at the Coroner’s Court on the second day of the hearing.
Mrudula Vasealli says she visited Savita Halappanavar on Tuesday morning two days after she was admitted to University Hospital Galway last October.
The 31 year old had been told on Sunday she was miscarrying her baby and was by her friend’s account very upset.
The inquest heard she said ‘What sort of mother am I waiting for my baby to stop it’s heartbeat, I’m losing it I’m losing it terribly’ Mrudula said the midwife checked with the doctor and told them there was no way of saving the baby.
It’s her evidence that both she and Savita asked about stopping the heartbeat and the midwife replied ‘we don’t do that here dear its a catholic thing’.
Lawyers for the hospital say they are not obliged to hand over the roster to Savita’s husband Praveen’s legal team who wish to identify the midwife on duty.
The hearing continues.
LISTEN: Mám Éan pilgrimage to return this weekend
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Mám Éan pilgrammage is set to take place in Connemara this weekend.
The popular pilgramage to Mám Éan pass, nestled in the Maumturk mountains, has previously been cancelled due to Covid-19.
However, it’s set to resume this Sunday with some restrictions in place.
Gatherers will remain at the chapel and will not move from station to station as is usually tradition.
Former Councillor Sean O’ Tuairisg says it’s great to have the event back this weekend.
Protest to take place in Mervue this afternoon over planned housing development
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A protest will take place in Mervue this afternoon over a planned “build to rent” housing development in the area.
The Crown Square Development will consist of 345 units comprised of one-bed, two-bed and three-bed units.
However, People Before Profit Galway says it’s unacceptable that the homes will go straight to an investment fund when completed.
They argue that vulture and cuckoo funds should be banned in Ireland – but instead they are being accomodated by Government policy.
The local party branch has organised a protest to take place at the Crown Square site this afternoon at 2pm.