Morning Focus – Friday 23/08/19

As always on a Friday, Gavin welcomed his panel to studio to chat about the news of the week.

Gavin was joined for The Friday Panel by Will Cahir (Cahir & Co Solicitors, Ennis), Verena Tarpey (Rape Crisis Midwest) and Mary Kelly (Ennis businesswoman).

Topics discussed included the new policing plan, Minister Simon Harris’s visit to UHL and the generosity of people in Clare when it comes to donating to charities. Listen back below:


The show opened with a discussion with Cllr Pat Hayes (FF) from the Killaloe MD and Chairperson of Clare’s Joint Policing Committee, Cllr John Crowe (FG) of the implications for the county of the amalgamation of our Garda division with that of Tipperary.

The Gavin heard about the reaction in Denmark to Donald Trump’s cancellation of a State visit following a war of words over his plans to buy Greenland. Billy O’Shea, originally from Shannon, joined Gavin from Copenhagen where he’s been living for over three decades. Listen back below:

Also on the show, Gavin heard from Cllr Ann Norton, Independent member of the Ennis Municipal District and a prominent health campaigner from issues at University Hospital Limerick (UHL), including the recent visit of Minister Simon Harris and concerns over a failure to offer contracts to nursing graduates. Gavin also spoke with Mary Fogarty, Midwest representative with the INMO.

The show rounded off with an update on an event at Teach Ceoil, Kilrush on Sunday next (4-7pm) for Heritage Week. Lisa O’Sullivan told Gavin about the Pastimes/Passed Times display of historical items from local sports teams and clubs.