Morning Focus – April 21st

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Today’s programme included a focus on the future of Clare’s pubs.

They remain closed as a result of COVID-19, and there are fears that they will remain shut for a considerable period of time after Minister Simon Harris said people wouldn’t be in “packed pubs” until a vaccine was available for the virus.

Calls were made for clarity, and increased levels of State support, during our discussion with Clare VFI Chair, Darragh McAllister, and Garry Pepper of Pepper’s Bar in Feakle.

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The show began by hearing from Mervyn Taylor of Sage Advocacy, who discussed the ongoing issues related to the virus in nursing homes.

Also today, we heard from Dennis O’Connor of TJ O’Mahony Building Merchants & Home DIY and also with Kevin Conroy of Intown Hardware (Brohan’s) in Ennis. They discussed the situation with hardware stores, who remain subject of restrictions, even though some texters told us that they want them to re-open.

After the 10:00 news, Tommy Corbett joined us from Carey Corbett Financial Solutions in Roslevan, Ennis. Amid financial turmoil in the world markets, we discussed whether now might be a good time to make investments, for those who have the money to do so.

Next, Larry Donelly from NUI Galway discussed the current situation in US politics, including President Trump’s plans to clamp down on immigration, and November’s election against Joe Biden.

While after that, David Moore of Astronomy Ireland joined us on this, Dark Sky Week. We discussed the joys of stargazing and, also, a project that could change the look of the night skies forever.

Finally, Frankie Coote joined us for his weekly update.

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