Morning Focus Tuesday 11/04/17

Water charges and the ongoing political row over them was the opening topic on this edition of Morning Focus. Gavin spoke to Juno McEnroe, political correspondent with the Irish Examiner.

With the conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors (AGSI) underway this week, Gavin heard from Ennis-based Sgt Brian Howard about concerns that members are being scape-goated for the latest raft of Garda scandals.

Donal Ó Loinsigh of An Clár as Gaeilge was Gavin’s next guest to discuss the decline in this county, and nationally, in the number of Irish speakers, and what can be done to reverse it.


Money Doctor, John Lowe, was next up with his fortnightly financial advice slot.

The next topic for discussion was an autism-friendly shopping experience in Jones’s Supervalu in Miltown Malbay. Gavin spoke to Clare Jones and to Mary Crawford, Principal of St Joseph’s Secondary School in Spanish Point. Listen back below:

As the population ages, services for the elderly become more important. Gavin heard about what’s on offer in West Clare from Oliver Ryan of the West Clare Family Resource Centre. Listen back below:

Gavin’s next guest, for his weekly slot on animal welfare, was Dog Warden Frankie Coote.

Ahead of the screening in Lisdoonvarna of ’66 Days’, a documentary on hunger-striker Bobby Sands, Gavin was joined in studio by Malachy McCreesh. The Sinn Féin member of Limerick City and County Council is a brother of the late Raymond McCreesh from Camlough, South Armagh, who died on hunger strike in 1981. Listen back below:

An item on mindfulness followed with Bob Vernon of West Clare Taking Care. He’s a passionate advocate of the practice. Listen back below:

This edition of Morning Focus concluded with a chat with Paul Edson of Kilrush Tidy Towns who’s behind a project to introduce the ‘One Tree Per Child’ initiative to Ireland for the very first time.