Morning Focus – 05/12/2018

After a huge reaction to our discussions on the pulling of the Shannon Venue project yesterday, today’s show began by re-visiting that topic.  First of all, Cllr. Cathal Crowe – a Shannon Municipal District representative – outlined his disappointment at the news, and also argued that Clare County Council cannot be left ‘carrying the can’ if they are to assume responsibility for the project.  We also heard from the Council itself, in the form of Liam Conneely, its Director of Services for Economic Development.  He also outlined discussions at yesterday’s Brexit briefing for local authorities.

After a discussion on climate change, in light of a warning from David Attenborough to world leaders at a major conference in Poland, in which we spoke with Anne Marie Harrington from Future Proof Clare, we then talked about rural broadband and other social justice issues with Fr. Sean Healy from Social Justice Ireland.  You can listen back to that important conversation below.


If you’re a twin, then students at Seamount College, Kinvara are looking for your help.  They’re conducting a survey on twins and on siblings for next month’s BT Young Scientist Exhibition, and are looking for people to take part in an online poll.  Student Maeve Galvin gave Gavin the details.

Sunday sees the annual Light up a Memory event in aid of Milford Hospice – Gavin spoke with CEO Pat Quinlan – and he also spoke with Kate Ramsey, who is originally from Poland but became an Irish citizen at last week’s ceremonies in Killarney.  Kate, who makes scarves from her base in Ballymorris, is also showing her wares at the renowned Contemporary Craft and Design Fair at Dublin’s RDS.

We began the final hour of the programme by hearing the story of Patrick O’Connor QC, who was recently honoured with a prestigious award for his pro bono legal work.  Patrick, whose great-grandfather hails from Ennis, has had a fascinating legal career which has seen him represent, amongst others, the Birmingham Six and Guildford Four.  As part of his pro bono work, he also took a case which was instrumental in forcing the rollout of unleaded petrol.

We finished the show with another one of the best songs you’ve never heard from Brian Flynn – namely ‘I Can’t Believe I’m Not a Millionaire’ by The Puppini Sisters – and vet John Underhill joined us to finish the programme as always on a Wednesday.

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