Morning Focus – 06/11/18

Fatoumata Diallo, Ciaran Jones, Teacher Benedicta O'Neill, Sarah McCarthy and Mia Walsh

CEO of UL Hospitals Group Colette Cowan and Minister for Health, Simon Harris spoke about the €40 million facility at Dooradoyle which will tackle long waits at UHL.

Dep Joe Carey also discussed the new unit at University Hospital Limerick.

The 60-bed modular unit is hoped to alleviate overcrowding at the Dooradoyle facility which regularly tops the INMO’s daily Trolleywatch report.


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Ed Farnan, filled us in on the US Midterm elections which are a test of Trump’s popularity. US voters will take to the polls today.

In the second hour of Morning Focus we had our regular segment ‘Financial Advice’ with John Lowe. John answered a number of listener’s queries.

After that, Caren Gallagher, Communications and research, RTB told us about free training the Residential Tenancies Board are offering to landlords in Munster as part of an Accreditation Scheme. The free one-day accreditation course for landlords will take place this Saturday (November 10) in the Clayton Hotel, Limerick City.

Barry Aldworth, AA Ireland spoke to Gavin about the rise in cost and maintenance of a home in Ireland. A survey from AA Home Insurance shows the main reasons are increasing mortgage repayments and energy costs.

We also had our regular segment ‘Animal Welfare’ with Clare County Dog Warden, Frankie Coote.

In the last hour of Morning Focus Rita McInerney informed us all about the ‘Doonbeg One Act Drama Festival’. Nine different plays will be showcased over three nights in both Open and Confined Sections and the winners will go forward to the One Act All-Ireland Finals.

Four St. Flannan’s students Mia Walsh, Sarah McCarthy, Fatoumata Diallo and Ciaran Jones came into studio to discuss their sleepout for Focus Ireland which takes place this Friday (November 9). 100 students will sleep rough to raise awareness of homelessness and raise funds for Focus Ireland.

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Then, Clare FM reporter Ryan Hanton took to the streets of Ennis to find out if people get distracted by their phones whilst crossing the road after it was revealed that Luas drivers had to apply the brakes 223 times so far this year as a result of this issue. Transdev says most people involved had their earphones in, head down, and a thumb on their phone screen.

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The show concluded with Colin Donnery, General Manager of FRS Recruitment who spoke about a new incentive which offers a free flight home for Irish ex-pats in Australia. FRS Recruitment will offer a free flight home from Australia to any expat who they help to secure a job in Clare or another part of Ireland. A specially organised Ireland is Hiring recruitment roadshow will take place in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane this week to encourage expats to return home for work.

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