Morning Focus – 13/02/2020

Thursday’s edition of the show began with the continued fallout from the General Election results.

First, Gavin spoke with Jo Walsh – the Constituency Secretary of Clare Labour – after party leader Brendan Howlin announced he’s stepping away from that role.

Then, Fianna Fáil Councillor Alan O’Callaghan strongly criticised party leader Micheál Martin, and said questions needed to be asked of him and of Fianna Fáil strategists in the wake of a poor General Election performance.

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Liam Ryan of the Doughmore Coastal Protection Group joined us, in the aftermath of Storm Ciara which, he says, is the latest in a series of storms that wreaked havoc on the dune system adjacent to the Trump Doonbeg resort.  He re-iterated his call for a reduction in red tape, and for quicker decisions to be made on applications such as that of the prominent West Clare employer.

Miltown Malbay autism expert Dr. Susan Crawford has been named as the 2020 Clare Person of the Year.  The award is bestowed by Muintir an Chláir, the Clare Persons Association in Dublin.  Kieran Barry from the group, and Susan herself, joined Gavin.

After 10:00, Gavin was joined by our parenting expert Dr. Toby Sachsenmaier.  Today’s topic was fighting, as Toby advised parents on what to do when your kids bicker, and why ‘play fighting’ is good for them.

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Next, Siobhan Mulcahy recapped what’s happening in the arts while we were also treated to live music in studio by Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill (or SON, which is Susan’s stage name) ahead of their concert in Glor on Saturday.

Morning Focus returns on Friday when we’ll have two €50 vouchers to give away for Durty Nelly’s in Bunratty, and also a special political edition of our Friday Panel to digest the General Election and its fallout.

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