Morning Focus – Wednesday 24/01/18

The midweek edition of Morning Focus heard from the Scariff-based producer of a documentary on the Tall Ships of Ireland.

Former mariner Turlough Ó Cinnéide joined Pat Flynn in studio to discuss the project. Listen back below:


The show opened with a discussion on moves this week to ease the housing and homelessness crises. Pat spoke to Tracey Reddy of Midwest Simon.

Then the show returned to remarks made by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in an exclusive interview with Morning Focus on Monday. Gavin spoke to Mary Fogarty of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) about the improvements the Taoiseach said he wanted to see before granting funding for a new 96-bed unit at University Hospital Limerick (UHL).

After that, Pat spoke to John Lannon of Shannonwatch. He’s concerned that meeting at Shannon Airport between the US President Mike Pence and American troops at the weekend.

The issue of child safety online has been to the fore this week and Gavin got advice from Alex Cooney of Cyber Safe Ireland on what parents and guardians can do in this regard. Listen back below:

Michael Michaels, a businessman from Kildysart was Pat’s next guest. He told him about a meeting at 7pm, Wednesday night at the Community Centre on the newly unveiled Shannon Estuary Way.

Then, Pat spoke to the man who founded the development charity Concern 50 years ago. John O’Loughlin Kennedy spoke about the huge contribution made by the people of Clare over the last five decades. Listen back below:

Paul O’Neill also joined Pat on the show to preview the Bellharbour Family Fun Day on Sunday, February 4.

It was up to Kilnaboy then to hear about a screening of ‘Padraic Ó Conaire – An Fear’. Pat spoke to the film’s director Johnny Whyte.

As always on a Wednesday, the show rounded of with a visit from John Underhill for the Ask the Vet pet and livestock advice slot. Listen back below: