Morning Focus – Wednesday 18/03/20

Today on Morning Focus, we spoke to Kay Murphy of Active Retirement Ireland about the impact Covid-19 is having on the older people in our community.

In part, of his speech last night, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stated that older people and those with long-term illnesses would be asked to enter into a ‘cocoon’ period. What supports are needed then, and now, for our older people? Kay Murphy who is the President of Active Retirement Ireland joined us on the line to discuss this further.

Kay also provided listeners with numbers of contacts that people can get in touch with should they feel the need to, particularly the older people in our society, don’t hesitate to reach out.


The Parish Office: 061 343 243

Meals On Wheels: 061 364 144

Sergeant Mulligan based in Shannon Garda Station: 087 060 1687

Kay also gave us her own number: 086 796 1871

If you missed it, you can listen back below:

To open the show we discussed Leo Varadkar’s address last night and the impact that will now be felt by Clare businesses. Clare Independent TD Michael McNamara hopes to raise the issues affecting Clare businesses in the Dáil tomorrow when it sits once more. He’s also concerned about the impact of the current situation on Shannon Airport, and its staff. Deputy Michael McNamara joined us on the show to discuss this and briefly talk about government formation.

Next on Morning Focus, we were joined on the line by Parenting Expert, Laura Erskine, as she joined us on the show with advice on helping parents through this time period, in which many are at home with their children.

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After the 10am News Headlines we were joined by two of our regular ‘Friday Panel’ guests to further discuss the Taoiseach’s Speech. Tony Killeen, Former Clare FF TD and Minister and Orla Vaughan, Kilfenora Businesswoman
joined us on the airwaves for this special edition panel.

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Next on the line, we were joined by Fine Gael Cllr Joe Garrihy of Lisdoonvarna and Niamh Wiley, Rural Development Officer for Clare County Council as a large number of community groups have come together to assist older and vulnerable people in North Clare.

We continued this topic as James Lafferty, Irish Red Cross Clare Community Officer, joined us on air to tell us about how the Irish Red Cross are helping their community. The Irish Red Cross Clare in association with Clare GAA Clubs and community groups are working together to support the people of Co. Clare

Furthermore, Siobhán O’Driscoll, Community Development Officer with Obair, joined us briefly on air to tell us all about the Meals On Wheels scheme and how they are using it to help those in need during this tough time.

Throughout this slot our guests mentioned a lot of ways in which one can access these supports and ways in which people can get in touch to volunteer – please listen back below if you missed any of those details:

To wrap up the show we were joined on the line by Vet John Underhill for this week’s Ask The Vet.

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