Morning Focus – Wednesday 29/11/17

The midweek edition of the show saw The Morning Focus Book Club gather in studio to review this week’s chosen read, ‘Nutshell’ by Ian McEwan.

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The show opened with a look at the fall-out from the resignation of Frances Fitzgerald. With the Department of Justice described by Leo Varadkar as ‘dysfunctional’, Gavin spoke to Senator Martin Conway, a member of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice.

The talk then turned to Ireland’s tax status. The nation has been branded a ‘tax haven’ by Oxfam, who’ve applied the EU’s own criteria.

William Cahir, President of Ennis Chamber of Commerce, was the show’s next guest. He came to studio to urge people to avail of late-night opening, and parking incentives, to shop locally.

The subject of urinary incontinence was next for discussion with Gavin being joined by Aoife Ní Eochaidh, a specialist in the area, who works in the Bon Secours in Galway and is about to launch a ‘PelviPower’ treatment facility in Limerick soon. Listen back below:

Then Gavin heard how a group of experts on domestic violence from St Paul Minnesota aim to share their knowledge with Ireland. He was joined in studio by Axel Henry and Bree Adams Bill of the Blue Print for Safety scheme as well as survivor Christy James. Clare’s Sgt Caitriona Houlihan also joined the discussion and shared her expertise and advice. Listen back below:

If you’ve been affected by domestic violence, you can contact Clare Haven on 065 6822435.

Then, Dr Marty Holland joined Gavin for a chat about a stunning new calendar he’s produced for the Irish Cancer Society after this ‘Coast for Cancer’ walk.

After that, Gavin heard about Strictly West Clare Style, taking place on Friday (December 1) to raise funds for GAA clubs in the area.

After the book club, Gavin heard about the Tidy Towns initiative from Cormack McCarthy.

Then it was time for a chat with John Underhill of Burren Vets, Ennistymon. Listen back below: