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SAVITA’S HUSBAND CONCLUDES EVIDENCE AT GALWAY INQUEST

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Praveen Halappanavar has now concluded his statement at the inquest into the death of his wife Savita at UHG last year.

The inquest resumed this afternoon before Galway West Coroner Dr.Ciaran MacLoughlin after a short break.

31 year old Savita died at UHG on October 28th last year after suffering a miscarriage and contracting septicaemia.

Mr. Halappanavar has argued that his wife was denied an abortion.

The inquest opened just after 10.30 this morning when Praveen arrived with his legal team – Solicitor Gerard O’ Donnell and Barrister Eugene Gleeson.

Declan Buckley is Senior Counsel for the HSE.

Statements have so far been heard from a GP, from a member of an garda siochana and from a worker from the hospital mortuary where the post mortem was carried out.

The inquest is being heard in the presence of a jury – this is an obligation in accordance with S40 of the Act.

Coroner Dr.Ciaran MacLoughlin opened proceedings by conveying his sincere sympathy and condolence to Praveen and said he would undertake to conduct the inquiry with solemn respect.

53 statements have been received from hospital personnel and eight statements from Gardai as well as various expert reports.

Praveen began his statement just after 11 this morning and took a brief break from the witness box at midday before returning to complete his statement by 12.35.

He detailed his memory of events from the time Savita found she was pregnant in July 2012 to the time of her death at the intensive care unit in UHG on 28th October.

During his statement, he said that Savita had asked for a termination and on one such request was told ‘unfortunately I cannot, this is a catholic country, we are bound by the law. We cannot terminate while the foetus is still alive.

The inquest is expected to continue for at least one week at courtroom 3 in Galway Courthouse.

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393 Galway claims recorded by Personal Injuries Assessment Board

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 393 Galway claims were made to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board last year.

2,898 claims came from Dublin, 884 from Cork and 590 from Limerick.

Nationally, there was a 16 per cent decrease in the volume of claims made to the board.

Awards have halved since new guidelines were introduced in April.

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board is publishing its annual report for 2020 this morning.

26,009 new claims were dealt with last year – with 206 million euro worth of compensation given out to accident victims.

The number of personal injuries claims made to the board fell by 16 per cent in 2020, mainly due to the pandemic.

There were far fewer people on the roads, attending workplaces or meeting together in public – and so there were fewer accidents.

In 2020, the average award was just over 24,000 euro.

Last year was the last full year the Book of Quantum was used to determine compensation amounts.

New guidelines came into effect on April 26th of this year – and the PIAB says the average awards has halved since then.

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West records second lowest level of residential construction during June

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The West recorded the second lowest level of residential construction during June.

Research from data analytics firm GeoDirectory shows just 10% of the residential buildings under construction in Ireland last month were in Connacht – just ahead of Ulster at 6%.

Over 50 percent of the new homes being built in June were in the Leinster region.

According to the report, more than 18 thousand houses and apartments were being built last month compared to 13 thousand at the same time in 2020.

CEO of GeoDirectory Dara Keogh, says the construction sector is showing signs of recovery since the pandemic.

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NUIG seeking participants for study on psychological factors in unexplained physical symptoms

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway is seeking participants for a study to investigate psychological factors that could contribute to physical symptoms that have no medical explanation.

The symptoms being examined have been found to be more common during the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly in frontline health workers.

The study is investigating psychological factors that could contribute to medically unexplained physical symptoms, and a sense of being disconnected from the environment.

The School of Psychology study is seeking adults who may experience some of a number of symptoms.

These include a sense of detachment from their body or world around them; changes in senses such as vision, hearing, taste or smell; unexplained pain or numbness; or feelings of unreality.

Noting that unexplained physical symptoms have increased during the Covid-19 pandemic, researchers say the virus has deprived many people of connections and shared experiences, opportunities to grow and develop, and supportive environments.

In some people who feel particularly isolated, this may manifest as physical symptoms that have no medical explanation as our minds struggle to adapt with his new alien reality.

The study is open to anyone over the age of 18 and further information can be found on the NUI Galway website.

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