Morning Focus – Wednesday 13/06/18

Wednesday’s Morning Focus started with the serious issue that is illegal drug use and more specifically and importantly the resulting deaths. Sinn Féin Councillor Mike McKee raised his concerns about the prevalence of the misuse of drugs and fatalities connected to it.

Following on from that we heard from Niamh McDonnell, President of St. Vincent de Paul’s Clare branch. She spoke about the organisation’s criticism of the Government’s lack of plan to tackle poverty.

Then following a slew of “donuts” and skid marks being found around the county Barry Keating, Clare Road Safety Officer condemned “joy-riding” and talked road safety.

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We then moved into hour two of the show with Niamh Davenport of FraudSMART taught us how to spot and avoid scams of all kinds. She talked to us as part of a joint campaign between the Banking Federation of Ireland and Age Action to help older people avoid being scammed in the modern era of electronic banking.

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Then Ann-Marie Ireland, primary school teacher and mindfulness expert told us about the “Super Troopers” programme which aims to help children cope with anxiety.

Next on the show, Morning Focus’ own Fiona McGarry took a trip along the River Fergus to investigate the declining bird population. It is thought that anti-social behaviour by people along the river bank is to blame. Fiona met a local woman, Vera Raftery who knew more about the issue.

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We ended the hour with a brief look at the Novena to St. Anthony. The Novena continues running this evening (June 13th) at 7:30PM.

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Heading into the final hour Gavin interviewed Kelly Casey of KC Pole Fitness. She gave us the details on an upcoming night of pole dancing performances in aid of Rape Crisis Midwest. The event will take place Saturday, July 14th at 7pm at Shannon Taekwon-Do Club, Smithstown Industrial Estate, Shannon.

Then it was time for Morning Focus’ new regular segment: The Best Song You’ve Never Heard with Clare FM’s Brian Flynn.

Then Marie Madden, Concern Worldwide’s Communications Officer gave us a first hand account of the plight of the Rohingya migrants fleeing violence in Myamar to Bangladesh. The organisation is appealing to the public for donations.

Finally the show ended with a brief update on Caitíona Lucas Challenge and our Ask the Vet segment with show regular, John Underhill.

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