Category Archives: Inquest

State lost €31m by overpaying in five property deals

More than €31 million of taxpayers’ money was overpaid by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in five property deals over a four-year period, an internal report has found.

Completed last year by two surveyors working for the OPW, the report has since been sent by OPW management to the Comptroller and Auditor General and has recently been sent to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

The unpublished report, seen by The Irish Times, concluded the Civil Service culture in the OPW was resulting in “poor value for money outcomes”. It claimed there was “considerable potential for corruption to arise in property transactions” conducted by the OPW, because waste of funds “is tolerated within the system”.

The five transactions examined by the surveyors, one of whom has...

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Pret A Manger was warned over allergy alerts year before girl’s death, inquest told

Pret A Manger did not label “artisan” baguettes as containing sesame seeds despite six allergic reaction cases in the year before a teenager’s death, an inquest has heard. Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, 15, suffered a fatal reaction to a sandwich from the outlet, which she had not realised contained the ingredient, on July 17 2016. An inquest at West London Coroner’s Court was told the packaging failed to mention that sesame seeds were “hidden” in the dough. On Tuesday, it emerged that a “specific warning” about the dangers of not signposting the allergen had been given to the food chain the previous year. Pret baguettes described as “posh” or “artisan” were said to contain sesame seeds, including the artichoke, olive and tapenade one that Natasha ate. A complaint log for the company from between July 17, 2015...
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Inquiry hears radiographer mistook knee for elbow

A CORU inquiry has begun into allegations of poor professional performance and professional misconduct by radiographer Kashimbo Musonda. The events relate to two-and-a-half weeks in University Hospital Waterford, from 20 February to 17 March 2017. It is the first public fitness to practise inquiry by CORU, which regulates a range of health and social care professionals. The five allegations include a failure to display the skills or knowledge to safely practice as a radiographer. It is also alleged Ms Musonda displayed a lack of competence in radiographic positioning for x-rays and that she exposed a patient’s mother to radiation. It is also alleged there were cases where she did not ask women of childbearing age if they were pregnant prior to cancer-ray. Barrister for CORU Eoghan O’Sullivan said there were issues over the level of x-ray...
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Mystery surrounds death of healthy mother of five during routine hip operation

A mystery surrounds the death of a fit and healthy 70-year-old woman who died on the operating table during a routine hip replacement, an inquest has heard. The mother of five was undergoing hip replacement surgery following a fall while out power-walking with friends on May 9 2016. Madeline Treacy of Griffith Downes, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 was described as fit, active and healthy. She went to the gym four times a week and was considered an ‘ideal candidate’ for surgery at Beaumont Hospital, with no underlying risk factors. She had previously undergone surgery performed under local anaesthetic in 2010 and recovered well, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard. Mrs Treacy was admitted to Beaumont Hospital following the fall on May 9 and surgery was scheduled to take place three days later. Family members said the woman had...
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