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SAVITA’S OBSTETRICIAN TO GIVE EVIDENCE AGAIN TOMORROW

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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
the 22nd.

She detailed subsequent reviews where scans confirmed the existence of a
foetal heartbeat.

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.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Clifden gets official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden has received official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town.

The status will see the local community receive half a million euro in state investment to advance the usage of Irish in the area.

To kick start the process, FORUM Connemara has launched a community language plan alongside Connemara Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Mannion, of FORUM Connemara outlines the aims of the plan.

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