Morning Focus – 07/12/2018

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On today’s programme, our guests included former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibín, who is now looking to setup a new political party.  Deputy Toibín intends for the new political movement to cover the 32 counties of Ireland, though in speaking with Gavin he denied that it was a ‘one-issue’ party – he left Sinn Féin after he had been sanctioned for the party for voting in accordance with his pro-life believes in the Dáil, which contradicts the party’s own position on the matter.

Also today, Gavin discussed this issue with Bishop of Killaloe, Bishop Fintan Monaghan who joined us ahead of Friday’s Mercy on the Mall event at the Skycourt in Shannon.


Padraic McNicholas of Munster Group Insurance gave advice to listeners who may be without insurance cover following the collapse of Denmark-based Qudos Insurance, and after 10:00 we heard from Simon Alliss of the PGA European Tour, who is the Championship Director for next year’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Lahinch.  A license application is being submitted for the event to Clare County Council, and it’s predicted that up to 100,000 people will be in attendance.  You can hear more from Simon below.

Helen McQuillan joined us ahead of an EmployAbility event in Glór on Wednesday next.

Clare County Arts officer Siobhán Mulcahy told us of what’s happening in the arts, and we heard of Christmas events in Tuamgraney and Shannon too, before finising the programme with live music in studio by brothers Eoin and Brian Davies, ahead of their gig in Pot Duggans on Saturday.

In the interim, our Friday Panel of Diarmuid McMahon (President of Ennis Chamber of Commerce, Sherry Fitzgerald McMahon, Ennis), Sharon Cahir (former Ennis Chamber President, Cahir & Co. Solicitors, Ennis) and Brian Meaney (former Green Party and Fianna Fáil member of Clare County Council) talked housing, recycling and political correctness.  You can listen back to their chat below.

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