Morning Focus – Tuesday 01/10/19

John Wall, Cancer Advocate from Quin, has been voicing his concerns about the operation of the HSE’s medical card scheme.

John was diagnosed in 2017 with terminal prostate cancer, had his own card revoked after six months reviewed and then again after another two months. Leo Varadkar, in 2014 when he was Health Minister, announced that people with terminal illnesses would no longer have their medical cards reviewed. John secured a meeting with Health Minister Simon Harris and joined Gavin on air today to tell us how that went.

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Denis Carty, outgoing Chairperson of the Money Advice and Budgeting Service in Clare has produced a report to demonstrate that the service receives less funding than other counties with comparable populations. Denis Carty joined Gavin in studio to detail his research and the concerns he has following the re-structuring of the MABs service in this region.

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This week is Positive Ageing Week and with that in mind, Patricia Anne Moore of Clare Age Friendly joined Gavin on the show to shed a light on the contribution that older citizens make in our communities by volunteering their time and experience. The Clare ‘Older Volunteer of the Year’ award aspires to highlight this contribution that older citizens make in our communities. This years ‘Older Volunteer of the Year’ winner will be unveiled later today (Tue, Oct 1).

For this week’s Financial Advice segment, Tommy Corbett of Carey Corbett Financial Services joined Gavin on air to discuss Saving for Santa and budgeting for Christmas.

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Recently we held a special report from Sláinte an Chláir, so you will be aware of the amazing work they do along with Milford Hospice. Fundraising is an essential support to both organisations. There’s a major raffle underway with a prize of an Aberdeen Angus Heifer and six lambs. The Keane family from Corofin have offered the prize to thank the services following the passing of their mother from cancer in January of this year.

Those publicising the event, however, have experienced an online backlash from some people purporting to represent the vegan community. Cllr Mary Howard, FG member of Ennis MD and Mary Keane, Raffle organiser joined Gavin in studio to discuss the event.

As the Clonroad Campus of LCETB gets set to launch a €1.5 million redevelopment, significant new facilities and opportunities are promised. Gavin was joined by students Silky Johnston and Mike Quinn, as well as counsellors Jacinta Davenport and Michael Donnellanon to discuss the expansion. Full details of all of their courses for adult learners are available by calling 1800 707077 or on

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To wrap up today’s show we are joined by Clare County Dog Warden, Frankie Coote for this week’s Animal Welfare update.