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North West City region thriving under collaborative partnership

first_imgThe North West City Region is seeing the benefits of a new collaboration thanks to its strong focus on investment, growth, and prosperity for the region, members were told at their bi-annual meeting in Derry yesterday.The North West Strategic Growth Partnership is a unique partnership established in 2016 through the North-South Ministerial Council that brings together senior Government officials from all Government departments in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.A meeting with Donegal County Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council was recently held to deliver on the strategic priorities aimed at bringing real and positive change for the North West City Region. The Partnership met at Ulster University at Magee where members were given an update on regional growth activities by the two Council Chief Executives on the ongoing collaborative work that is being carried out.Members of the Partnership were also informed about the positive work being done to respond positively to the challenges and opportunities presented post-Brexit, including information on the work that is being done on Brexit data analysis and ongoing communication with other councils and with officials in London, Dublin and Brussels.Dr. Malachy O’Neill, Provost of Ulster University at Magee, provided an update to members on the North West Education Collaboration between the University of Ulster, the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, the North West Regional College and the Donegal Education and Training Board.Representatives from ICLRD also provided an update on the NW Regional Dashboard Project outlining the opportunities that exist for everyone to benefit from the data sharing opportunities the project will bring. Speaking following the meeting, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill, praised the work of the North West Strategic Growth Partnership and the commitment shown by its members.He said: “This is a very unique partnership that allows us to outline the key strategic priority needs for our region including critical transport and infrastructural requirements, industry and the economy as well as the work we can do to build on our strong existing cultural, heritage and tourism assets.“At the meeting today there was a real commitment from all of the members to assist in developing our resilience in a changing environment and working through sustainable engagement to achieve our vision for growth and prosperity.”Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr John Boyle said the meeting was hugely significant and evidence of the two Government’s commitment to the North West City region.“The importance of this unique partnership cannot be overstated, it is hugely significant that we have senior representatives from various departments from both Governments around the table talking about how they can work collaboratively to achieve growth for our region,” Boyle said. “This group has the potential to make a real difference to our region by giving us the tools to maximise our potential to drive real growth.”North West City region thriving under collaborative partnership was last modified: December 14th, 2018 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DerryDonegal County CouncilSeamus O’Domhnaillstrabanelast_img read more

SOLICITOR WELCOMES €1.4M INTERIM SETTLEMENT FOR GIRL WHO SUED LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL

first_imgDamian Tansey: Took the case for Ruby against the HSEA LITTLE County Donegal girl made legal history today when she was awarded €1.4M interim damages in a legal action against Letterkenny General Hospital. The settlement will be reviewed again in four years in the first case of its kind before the High Court.Ruby McCandless (now 7) was left brain damaged after a failure to diagnose a serious medical condition in her mother in the days before her birth. Callan Tansey Solicitors, lawyers for Ruby and her mother Christina heavily criticised the Health Service Executive for the delay in admitting liability in the case.The court was told that at her final antenatal check-up at an outreach clinic in Carndonagh Community Hospital in March 2006, Mrs McCandless – from Gleneely –  had her blood pressure taken four times because nurses were so concerned about it.However, the consultant who reviewed her said her high blood pressure was a borderline case and told her to attend her GP three days later.Her blood pressure was 140 over 100 and she should have been immediately referred to hospital.She was not warned about the possibility or symptoms of a serious complication of maternal high blood pressure – pre-eclampsia.Two days later, she suffered an eclamptic seizure at home which deprived her baby of oxygen.She had to be taken by ambulance to Letterkenny General Hospital 72km (45 miles) away where Ruby was delivered by emergency C-section on 30 March.In the days following her birth, it became clear she had suffered permanent brain damage.She has cerebral palsy, is severely physically disabled and will need constant care for the rest of her life.In her statement of claim on behalf of her daughter, Mrs McCandless alleged there was only one consultant on duty at her final antenatal check-up two days before the birth where there would normally be two.She said he appeared “harassed and under pressure” and her visit was very short.It was alleged there was negligence and breach of duty in failing to admit her to hospital and diagnose her condition at the earliest opportunity or to warn her about the symptoms of pre-eclampsia.Today the High Court approved an interim settlement of €1.4m and the case will return to court in four years’ time to reassess her needs.Ms Justice Mary Irvine said the settlement was in the best interests of the young girl.She said it was the first time an interim settlement had been reached for four years and saved the family the trouble of returning to court every two years.Afterwards, Mrs McCandless said: “I am delighted and relieved it is all over, we’re happy with the settlement.”Her solicitor Damien Tansey, from Callan Tansey Solicitors in Sligo which specialises in complex legal work involving the health services, said the settlement would transform Ruby’s life as she would be provided with equipment and facilities.“It took five years for the case to settle and it was unfortunate that it took the HSE so long to admit liability,” he said.“It is also good for the family that they can forget about legal concerns now until a review of Ruby’s needs in four years,” added Mr Tansey.SOLICITOR WELCOMES €1.4M INTERIM SETTLEMENT FOR GIRL WHO SUED LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: March 5th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Callan Tansey Solicitorscerebal palsyHIGH COURTRuby McCandlesslast_img read more