Morning Focus – Tuesday 10/03/20

Today on Morning Focus, we spoke about how the Regional health services are coping with Covid – 19.

The Director of Public Health Mid West, Dr Mai Mannis and Chief Officer of Community Health Midwest, Dr Maria Bridgeman joined us in studio to discuss the latest regarding the Coronavirus. More procedures are to be cancelled across the UL Hospitals Group tomorrow, while a visitor ban is also to be extended. Restrictions on elective surgeries and outpatient appointments have been introduced across the six hospitals, including Ennis General yesterday and today, and are now to remain in place for a third day. The move comes as health authorities continue to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak – 75 staff at Dooradoyle are currently in self-isolation.

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To open the show, we heard from Cllr Johnny Flynn, Fine Gael Cllr, Mayor of Ennis and Cllr Clare Colleran Molloy, Fianna Fáil Cllr, Mayor of Clare as Clare County Council have decided to cancel the St. Patrick’s Parade in Ennis.The Mayor of Ennis has suggested the town’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade could be rescheduled for later in the year. The outbreak of the coronavirus has forced Clare County Council Clare County Council decided to cancel next week’s event, which was due to be attended by 10,000 people. The decision, made the Council Executive, was unanimously backed up by elected representatives.

After the 10am News, we were joined in studio by Tommy Corbett of Carey Corbett to discuss changing jobs in this week’s financial advice.

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Next on the show, we were joined on the line by Anna Walkers, Adjudicator, West Clare Drama Festival and Mick Carrick, West Clare Drama Festival PRO as the West Clare Drama Festival is in full swing. Three of the ten productions have now been shown, with groups from Skibbereen, Corofin and Sliabh Aughty taking to the stage. Clare’s Oakhill Players are on tonight to stage John B Keane’s Sive.

To wrap up today’s Morning Focus, we were joined in studio by Clare County Dog Warden, Frankie Coote for this week’s Animal Welfare slot.