Morning Focus – Wednesday 16/05/18

The midweek edition of Morning Focus debated the issues arising from the forthcoming referendum on the Eight Amendment to the Constitution.

Gavin was joined by Michael Leahy, Co-ordinator of Clare Pro-Life /LoveBoth campaign; Dr Kirsten Fuller, he Pro Life Campaign; Éilis Murphy, Clare Together for Yes; and Ruth Fletcher, Lawyers for Choice and Senior Lecturer in Medical Law, at Queen Mary University of London.

The debate addressed a number of questions arising ahead of the vote on May 25.


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The show opened with a discussion about the importance to our heritage of Ireland’s dry stone walls. Concerns have been raised over plans to replace them (for safety reasons) with steel barriers. There’s a public meeting organised by the Destruction of the Gateway to the Burren Kinvara campaign group at the Merriman Hotel, Kinvara at 8pm on Thursday (May 17). Ahead of that, Gavin was joined by David Krause of the Destruction of the Gateway to the Burren Kinvara campaign group and by Louise Price of the Dry Stone Walls Association.

Then, Gavin heard from Dave Flynn, Executive Director, Skillnet Ireland, ahead of an event at Dromoland Castle Hotel from 8-11am on Thursday (May 17).

Gavin’s next guest was an Emmy award winner and one of the world’s most successful business people, with personal worth of $1 billion.
David McCourt is also the man promising to bring high-speed broadband to rural Ireland, if – as expected – his company Enet gets the nod from the Irish Government to finally roll out the National Broadband Plan. He’s been in Ireland (where he has a home in Newmarket-on-Fergus) recently to launch a new book ‘Total Rethink’ which calls on entrepreneurs to ‘act like revolutionaries’.

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The third nominee in the quest to find Clare’s Greatest Ever Person was unveiled as Enda O’Brien.

Gavin spoke with Dr Maureen O’Connor. Listen back below:

The show rounded off with a chat with John Underhill of Burren Vets, Ennistymon.

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