Morning Focus – 17/12/2018

On today’s Morning Focus, we first spoke with Dr. Michael Harty about the plans for our hospitals this winter, amid predictions from certain quarters that the New Year period could see record levels of overcrowding in the likes of University Hospital Limerick.  Dr. Harty, who says he’s no longer supporting the government after October’s budget, also addressed the renewal of the confidence and supply deal, accepting it was the appropriate course of action as Brexit uncertainty remains.

Next, Clare County Council’s Road Safety Officer Barry Keating talked about driving, including on motorways.  He joined us after last week’s discussion with Cllr. Pat Hayes on the appropriateness of motorway junction design on the M18, particularly at the Tulla and Barefield exits.


Next, we heard from Eamonn Timmons of the Charities Regulator as they warn people not to get caught out by scam charities in this season of good will.

After 10:00, following on from our regular Garda Focus slot, Cormac McCarthy of Waterways Ireland detailed how they have used Google Technology to enable us to take a virtual tour of the River Shannon.  They’ve used Google Trekker technology, and a boat, to allow us take a virtual trip down Ireland’s longest river.  You can do that now on and you can hear more from Cathal below:

After a brief look-ahead to the 2019 BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition, at which 14 Clare projects will beon display, Eoin Brennan of The Clare People and Peter O’Connell of The Clare Champion joined us for our annual review of the sporting year, which you can hear below:

And having looked back, we finished the show by looking ahead to 2019 by speaking with the Editor of Old Moore’s Almanac (now 255 years old!) Elaine Kavanagh.  To hear some of what they’re forecasting next year, press play below:

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