Morning Focus – Thursday 17/05/18

Thursday’s Morning Focus heard more about the new home found for Ennis’s Rocky Road goats.

They’ve left the Banner County for a mountain side on the lovely Cooley Penninsula, after farmer Seán Finnegan saw their plight on the nine o’clock news.

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The show opened with a discussion on Clare County Council’s ‘integrity rating’ on an index compiled by Transparency Ireland.

Gavin spoke with researcher Kelly McCarthy who drew up the data that ranked Clare County Council at 50 percent, in 11th place among 31 local authorities.

Then, the discussion turned to Ennis’s so-called ‘road to nowhere’ which has finally been opened and links the Tulla Road to the Gort Road. Gavin was joined by Senior Engineer Tom Tiernan and by Cllr Pat Daly (FF).

Adam Long from the Killaloe-Ballina Family Resource Centre was Gavin’s next guest and discussed events to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

Then, Dr Michael Harty, Clare’s Independent TD joined Gavin to discuss the CervicalCheck controversy, both the Health Committee and the Public Committee hear from those involved.

Another nominee in the hunt to find Clare’s Greatest Ever Person was unveiled as traditional music giant, Willie Clancy.

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The show then heard from Susan Sage, the mum of 14-year-old Aoife from Sixmilebridge who has Ehlers-Dahlos syndrome. The family need to raise €100,000 for vital treatment for Aoife. More details are available on their Go Fund Me page. The IBAN number to donate to Aoife’s fund is IE43ULSB 98625010694542

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Then, Dermott Petty, a playwright and cartoonist from Doolin joined Gavin to chat about his ‘spaghetti Western’ on sean nós dancing.

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Ahead of Fleadh Nua (May 20 – 18), Gavin was joined by Michéal Ó Riabhaigh and heard some great live music in studio.