Morning Focus – 02/11/18

Our panelists David Costello, Michael Vaughan & Margaret O'Brien in studio

Morning Focus started today with Dep Jan O’Sullivan on who will contest the General Election in Clare for Labour.

John Lannon, Chairperson, Doras Luimnigh voiced his concerns over rules on food in Clare Direct Provision centre. This comes after a woman in a direct provision centre in Clare was refused food for her sick child when she asked for some bread and milk to help him recover. Residents are forbidden to cook for themselves and rely on set meals at set times.

Clare FM reporter Ryan Hanton took to the streets of Ennis to ask people what they think about the changes to speeding fines which could be based on how much over the limit drivers are. A heavier punishment would replace the current €80 fine given to anyone regardless of how much they were speeding by.


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In the second hour of Morning Focus Kieran Barry, PRO of Clare Association and Gerry O’Reilly, Muintir an Chláir/Clare Association tell us about the Clare Association’s Diamond Jublilee book ‘Clare – Our People Our Place’. The book is a celebration of the people who make the Banner County what is is in music, sport, politics etc and will be launched tonight (November 2) in the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis at 7:30pm.

Mairead Mannion, Manager, Charity Fashion & Furniture Home-Store Clare Haven Horizons and Karen Foley, Environmental Awareness Officer on turning trash into treasure for charity. The ‘Trash to Treasure’ furniture upcycling workshop will take place at the Clare Haven Horizons Charity Fashion & Furniture Home-Store on Thursday, November 8 from midday to 2pm.

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Then, famous Hotelier Francis Brennan (The Park, Kenmare) on his new travel memoir which launches in the Ennis Book Shop tomorrow (November 3). Francis will be signing copies of the new book ‘A Gentleman Abroad: Francis Brennan’s Travel Tales’ from 3pm tomorrow.

David Deigan, Sixmilebridge Historical Society Committee informed us about Sixmilebridge Historical Society’s new book. ‘Sixmilebridge – Images through Time.’ The coffee table book will be unveiled  by Fr Harry Bohan at Sixmilebridge GAA Club Hall tonight (November 2) at 8pm. The book comprises 100 pages of photographs compiled from local photographer Paddy Higgins’ personal collection, a public search and various media sources.

In the last hour of Morning Focus we have our regular Friday Panel discussion with Margaret O’Brien, Festival Coordinator, Ennis Chamber of Commerce, David Costelloe, Chartered Surveyor, Costelloe Estate Agents, Ennis and Michael Vaughan, Hotelier. This week’s topics concerned the Presidential Election, new drink driving rules, how patient Irish people think they are and managing kids’ use of technology.

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Ennis-born actress Denise Gough spoke to us about her latest project. The multi-award winning actress starred in the Irish movie ‘Jimmy’s Hall’ and played roles in the dramas ‘Waking the Dead’, ‘Holby City’ and ‘Titanic:Blood and Steel.’

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