Morning Focus 01/10/18

First up today on Morning Focus the Clare Chairperson of the IFA, Willie Hanrahan discussed how the IFA are at logger heads with the Minister for Agriculture, Michael Creed over issues in the beef production sector. 

The IFA will snub the Minister next Wednesday (October 3) at the Beef Forum and livestock farmers will protest outside.

Fianna Fáil TD Timmy Dooley and Senator Martin Conway spoke about the accuracy of homelessness figures in the MidWest. Homelessness levels dropped slightly in Clare and the MidWest last month but questions have been raised over their accuracy.


Then, Clare FM reporter Ryan Hanton took to the streets of Ennis to ask people all about how they take their tea given the Irish person’s love of the perfect cuppa.

The second hour of the show began with our regular segment ‘Garda Focus’ to discuss the week’s crime across the county.

After this, Chair in Sociology at University of Limerick, Ross Macmillan informed us about why having gender equality in politics is better for women and children. Mr. Macmillan’s new study has found that greater numbers of women elected to political office is associated with an increase in the life expectancies of women and children.

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Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer in Clare, Denis O’Connell joined Gavin to talk about concerns over the rise in older male victims. Clare Fire and Rescue Service will be tackling this problem for Fire Safety Awareness Week. Members of the fire service will be speaking to the public at the Mart in Ennis tomorrow  (October 2) to raise awareness of the issue.

We heard from the CEO of Childminding Ireland, Bernadette Orbinski Burke on Clare child minders being encouraged to have their say on the regulation of the sector. The sector is set to be reformed and the input of parents and professionals is being sought at an event in Ennis tonight (October 1).

In the last hour of the show we had the ‘Monday Sports Panel’ with Clare FM’s Head of Sport Derrick Lynch and Sports correspondent Seamus Hayes.

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Patrick Bourke of Patrick Bourke Menswear, Kilrush & Ennis told us all about the Kilrush shop celebrating 90 years in business this year. The Kilrush shop opened in 1928 on the corner of the ‘The Square’ and the Ennis branch opened back in 2007.

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The show concluded with Clare FM’s Ryan Hanton’s report from the annual Student Enterprise Programme event which took place at the West County Hotel in Ennis last week. The entrepreneurship training day was held for secondary school students interested in setting up their own business.