Morning Focus – 12/12/2018

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Wednesday was another important day in British politics, and we reflected this on today’s edition of Morning Focus. Just minutes after Theresa May had confirmed that she was to fight the motion of no confidence that had been brought against her by a group of Tory backbenchers, Gavin spoke with Ireland South Fine Gael MEP Sean Kelly. Sean had also been in Strasboug on the evening before, when a gunman opened fire at the city’s famous Christmas market in an apparant terror attack, and he recounted how he and his fellow MEPs has been put on lockdown at the European Paliament in the aftermath of the incident.

The Simon Communities released their annual report this week, showing how the homeless charity recorded an increased demand for services in 2017, and that a further one was expected in 2018. Gavin spoke with Tracey Reddy from MidWest Simon.

Then, we were joined in studio by Superintendent John Galvin from Kilrush Garda Station, and by John Gleeson, Chairman of the Championship Committee for the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in Lahinch. Both men told us about traffic plans for the event, which will see up to 100,000 descend on Lahinch next summer.


Dr. Maire Finn gave us some seasonal advice, and answered many listeners’ queries in her regular Ask The GP slot.

We then heard from Teresa Heeney on finances in the childcare sector here, after figures revealed the charge for full-time care in Clare is an averge of €157 a week, which is around €20 less than the national average. While we also explored the winter readiness of the health service with Tadhg Daly of Nursing Homes Ireland, who want their membership of private nursing homes throughout Ireland to be utilised to ease pressures on hospitals.

Corofin-based Pauline Bradley, a counsellor and psychotherapist, talked about anxiety in a new advice slot. You can listen to that below:

We then finished the show with another one of the best songs you’ve never heard (Cliff Richard’s My Kinda Life) courtesy of Brian Flynn, and John Underhill took your questions too: