Morning Focus – Thursday 15/06/17

© Pat Flynn

Thursday’s edition of Morning Focus was packed with news of the freshly-unveiled Cabinet and controversy in Carrigaholt; as well a preview of the Doolin Folk Festival.

The show opened with an insight into the choices made by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in putting together his new Cabinet. Gavin was joined on the line by Independent News and Media Political Correspondent Niall O’Connor who gave his assessment, as well as predictions on the allocation of junior ministerial roles.

The show stayed with political matters when Dr Billy O’Connell from Miltown Malbay called on the new Taoiseach to complete his ‘unfinished business’ with the Department of Health and to honour the recommendations of the Sláinte Care (Future of Health) report.


Next up for discussion was the issue of caring for people with dementia. A new study from Trinity College Dublin shows the risks of isolation and depression for those who are full time carers. Gavin got some advice and tips from Carmel Geoghegan, the Owner of AG Networks who help with dementia and end -of-life care.

Dr Máire Finn joined Gavin in studio for her weekly ‘Ask the GP’ slot and gave advice on coping with headaches. Listen back below:

There’s been a blow for the Loop Head Peninsula with news that the local gaelcholáiste will have to close for July until issues raised in a fire safety inspection are dealt with.

Gavin was joined in studio by the principal of Coláiste Eoghain Uí Chomhraidhe and on the phone by Luke Aston of Pure Camping in Carrigaholt. Listen back below:

Ahead of the Doolin Folk Festival (June 16-18), Gavin was joined in studio by musician David Hope, Donal Minihane of Hotel Doolin and Conor Byrne, the festival programmer. Listen back below:

As councillors in Clare unanimously backed a motion calling on the Minister for Foreign Affairs to work with support services to see how best to support a young, orphaned Belarussian man called Banni, Gavin was joined on the line by Colm Flynn whose family had been refused permission to adopt him. Listen back below:

The Tidy Towns committee in Dingle has launched a new weapon in the war on dog poop. The problem has prompted them to open ‘Leithreas do mhadraí amhain’, a series of boxes filled with sand to facilitate ‘doggie dos’. Gavin was joined on the line by Richie William, secretary of Dingle Tidy Towns.