Morning Focus – Monday 04/12/17

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The Monday edition of Morning Focus got off to a lively start with a passionate discussion about coastal protection works proposed for Doonbeg.

The works which are planned by the Trump International resort have caused controversy among environmental lobby groups. Ian Lumley of An Taisce told Gavin he was concerned about the quality of the submissions made by the developers under Further Information. Gavin then heard from Liam Ryan, PRO of the Doughmore Coastal Protection Group who represent locals who are in full support of the works.

Then Gavin heard from Neil McDonnell, CEO of ISME who voiced concerns about the feasibility of a number of GAA events, given recent compensation claims by members of the public.


After that, the talk turned to Brexit when Gavin was joined by journalist Shona Murray of INM who gave an update on crunch negotiations on the nature of the Irish border.

After Garda Focus, Morning Focus producer Fiona McGarry joined Gavin in studio to discuss some of the bug bears people encounter when phoning customer care lines.

With Clare branded one of the world’s Top 18 destinations by the prestigious ‘Frommer’s Guide’, Gavin hear more about why the Banner County comes so highly recommended. Gavin spoke to Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland. Listen back below:

Kilrush woman Roisín Glynn was Gavin’s next guest. She’s been named one of the 50 most influential women in Sport for Business. Listen back below:

Peter O’Connell of the Clare Champion then joined Derrick and Gavin in studio for the Monday Sports Panel. Listen back below:

Afterwards, controversial writer David Quinn of the Iona Institute was Gavin’s next guest. He told Gavin about his new book in which he claims much of modern Irish society has ‘killed God’.
Mr Quinn discussed clerical sexual abuse and the Mother and Baby Homes issues. Listen back below: