Morning Focus – Tuesday 28/11/2017

This morning’s programme opened with the current political crisis and assessed the prospects of a snap General Election, following further email revelations.

Kevin Doyle, Political Editor of the Irish Independent joined Pat on the line to discuss the current political climate and the likelihood of a resignation by Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald or a pre-Christmas election.

Gavin Grace had spoken to Junior Minister Pat Breen at a hastily-convened Fine Gael selection convention last night (Nov 27) in Ennis. We heard audio from this interview in which Minister Breen expressed support for the Tánaiste.


Clare’s FF TD, Dep Timmy Dooley then joined the discussion, saying the email revelations had strengthened his party’s call for Frances Fitzgerald to go.

We heard from Fiona Cahill at the Latoon Creek Bridge Protest yesterday. She also spoke to Tom Tiernan, Clare County Council Engineer following the start of structural repairs to the bridge.

Tommy Corbett from Carey Corbett Financial Services in Ennis joined us in studio to discuss the cost of Christmas and budgeting for the festive season.

Chairperson of Burren IFA Michael Davoren was the show’s next guest. He joined us on the line to discuss the latest meeting taking place tonight in St Johns Hall, Ballyvaughan at 8:30pm where there will be focus on inheritance schemes and land transfer among other issues.

The CEO and CTO of Irish Startup ‘DroneSAR’ joined Pat on the line to discuss their win at the European Commission prize 3 weeks ago. DroneSar were awareded this prize for the development of software which transforms standard drone and mobile devices into search and rescue data transmissions.

Listen back below to Pat Flynn’s interview with Oisin McGrath and Matthew Kelly.

Clare County Dog Warden Frankie Coote joined us in studio for his weekly update on animal welfare issues.

Sixmilebridge Strictly Come Dancing is coming our way this weekend, aiming to raise funds for the GAA Areana. Pat was joined by committee members Deirdre Flannery and Kevin Phelan. Listen back below:

The story of Anne Lovett, one of the most tragic stories of the 1980s. It’s the inspiration for a drama, ‘Mary and Me,’ which is coming to glór next Saturday 2 December. Writer and performer Irene Kelleher joined Pat on line. Listen back below:

Coole Voice’s talked to Pat about their upcoming concert at the Lady Gregory Hotel this Sunday at 8pm with the Omna Singers from Portumna. Listen back below:

The show then returned to the unfolding political crisis with Irish Examiner journalist Fiachra Ó Cionnaith who broke news of Frances Fitzgerald’s resignation.