Morning Focus – Friday 20/10/17

The Friday edition of Morning Focus saw a lively panel discussion of issues from climate change to sexual harassment.

The show opened with an interview with Dr Michael Harty, Clare’s Independent TD, who’s calling on the government to end what he’s describing as ‘financial discrimination’ on State pensions.

Afterwards, the show then heard more about a ‘premium scam’ doing the rounds at the moment, whereby people get missed calls from numbers in countries like Liberia, Morocco, Austria and the Comoros Islands. Tom Butler of ComReg, the communications regulator had some advice on avoiding being conned. Listen back below:


Jimmy Browne, Vice President of Corporate Services and Capital Development at LIT was Gavin’s next guest as he outlined major government funding investment and what it will mean for the college.

Then, the show heard the stories of Nancy and Pat who told Gavin about their involvement with AA. That came ahead of the AA’s convention in Ennis at the Auburn Lodge Hotel from October 20 to 22. The Clare area contact number for AA is 085 1841103. Listen back below:

Siobhán Mulcahy, Clare County Arts Officer joined Gavin for her weekly round-up of events coming up in the Banner County, while the round-up of community events heard about the opening of the Fr McNamara Camogie Park, The Pat O’Neil Memorial Tractor Run and ‘Jiving Lessons for the Broken Hearted’ in support of Ballycartoon Players of North Clare.

The Friday Panel were Bernadette Kenny, CEO of Blue Box Children’s Charity, Michael McNamara, Barrister and former Labour TD, and Paul Madden, MD of the Temple Gate Hotel. Listen back below:

The show rounded off with a chat with Maura Lavelle of Children in Hospital Ireland. That organisation is recruiting volunteers to visit children in the Limerick area. More information is available from 01 2903510.