Morning Focus – Tuesday 9th April 2019

On today’s Morning Focus we had tonnes of guests to debate various issues in the news. From divesting patronage of primary schools, to changes in the Clare Bus services and a resource that encourages kids to cut down their meat consumption. Catch all the best bits below:

First up on the show, recent calls for schools in Dublin to divest their patronage has sparked a debate about religious control in education. Bishop of Killaloe Fintan Monahan was on air to talk about whether we could see similar changes in Clare. Catch up:


A teaching resources pack on climate action developed by An Taisce encourages schools to have Meatless Mondays, arguing that meat consumption increases your carbon footprint. We spoke to Roisin Garvey, Green schools officer for Clare, who supports the report and Willie Hanrahan, chairperson of the IFA who have taken exception to the resources.

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Next on the show, Gavin was joined live on the air by Dr Harry Barry, GP and CBT expert, who has written the book ‘Emotional Resilience: How to safe guard your Mental Health’. He will be speaking as a guest of the Ennis Mental Health Association at the Temple Gate Hotel tomorrow at 7pm.

After the news, Tommy Corbett from Carey Corbett Financial Solutions was on Morning Focus to answer your financial questions, with a particular focus on business owners. Want to know about general business insurance or the best way to pass on your business? Catch up below:

Next on the show, we heard from Chris Kidney and Laura Wood from Clare Bus about the call for the government to reverse a decision to transfer part of the Clare Bus operations to Limerick Local Link. Ger Hoey, Chairman of Clare bus also talked to Gavin about the risk that puts on the service.

Dr Marion McGarry from GMIT joined us on air next to talk about Clare’s traditional cottages. Dr McGarry will be delivering a talk this evening at the Courthouse Gallery & Studios organised by the North Clare Historical Society.

Gavin was lastly joined in studio by Brigid Liddy from the Clare Branch of the Parkinson’s Association to talk about events across the week including a protest on Thursday at Leinster house. The protest is demanding better resources – highlighting a lack of nurse specialists and funding.
Catch up below: