Morning Focus – 05/11/18

First up today, Gavin spoke with Dr. Michael Harty in light of a weekend interview in which Tony O’Brien, former Director General of the HSE, told the Sunday Business Post that he regarded Health Minister Simon Harris as ‘weak’ and ‘obsessed with media coverage.’ 

He also hit out at the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee, likening it to a ‘kangaroo court.’  Dr. Harty addressed this, and also a report from TASC in which they spoke of a ‘twilight zone’ in Irish health, whereby many people can’t afford private health insurance, but also earn too much to be eligible for a medical card.

 Richard Ryder, Disabled Drivers Association discussed why disabled drivers are up-in-arms over the blocking of spaces. There has been a call for people who park in disabled spaces without a permit to get penalty points and a heavier fine.


Pat Quinlivan, CEO Milford Hospice spoke to us about the new specialist care facility at Milford Hospice.

In the second hour of Morning Focus we had our regular segment ‘Garda Focus’ with Clare Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt Tríona O’Rourke.

Wheelchair user Margaret also voiced her concerns on the blocking of spaces for disabled drivers.

After that, John McDonald, MS Ireland informed us all about the MSunderstood Café Roadshow. The Café Roadshow will be open in the Abbey Street Carpark in Ennis tomorrow (November 6). The Café has been adapted on a specifically designed bus to provide people in Clare with a unique insight into what it is like to live with Multiple Sclerosis. All proceeds will go to MS Ireland.

Award-winning Singer-songwriter Phil Coulter spoke to Gavin about his upcoming performance in glór, Ennis. Phil is celebrating 53 years in music this year and as part of his 26-date nationwide tour he will play at glór this Friday (November 9). Phil is perhaps best known for writing the song ‘Puppet On a String’ which won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967.

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In the last hour of Morning Focus we had the regular Monday Sports Panel with Clare FM’s Derrick Lynch and Eoin Brennan, The Clare People. They discussed the week’s sporting events and achievements.

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Dr Colin Conway, Department of Biopharmaceutical & Medical Science, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology discussed how DNA developments are leading to major cold case breakthroughs. These developments are on the curriculum for budding CSI investigators at a course at GMIT.

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