Morning Focus – 10/12/2018

We began the week by discussing rural transport, as Gavin was joined by Fianna Fáil TD Eamon O’Cuiv.  Deputy O’Cuiv has been critical of a government-introduced scheme which aimed to bring more hackneys onto the roads in rural areas, but has had little take-up.  Also, after it had been reported that he was seen having a long conversation in Leinster House with ex-Sinn Féin TD Peadar Toibín, who is setting up his own new political party, Deputy O’Cuiv insisted he wouldn’t be leaving Fianna Fáil.

Ennis is getting a new sculpture today.  Blath na hÍnse was commissioned by IBAL to celebrate the town being named as Ireland’s cleanest, and their spokesman Conor Horgan joined us to discuss this further, while we also looked ahead to a vigil in the town tonight that will honour women who have been killed violently here.

After our weekly Garda Focus slot with Sgt. Triona O’Rourke, Gavin was joined by Councilor Michael Hillery.  The Spanish Point representative announced this weekend that he’s bowing out of politics, having been first elected in 1985.  You can hear this interview below:


IT and Cybersecurity Analyst with ESET Ireland Urban Schrott told us of ever-increasingly sophisticated scams that are doing the rounds, and we also spoke with Thomas and Hannah Galvin of Moyasta Oysters, who were recently honoured with a prestigious BIM award that recognises a new and novel method of production that they have developed.  They discussed this, Brexit and more:

After 11:00, Sean Farrell of helped us review Munster’s Heineken Champions Cup win over Castres on Sunday, and later we were joined by Anne Maher, Director of Ballet Ireland, as they’re bringing the Nutcracker to Glór in Ennis.

Finally, ahead of his gig in Kilkee this Saturday, Ryan O’Shaughnessy talked about representing Ireland at Eurovision 2018.

Note – this gig has subsequently been cancelled.

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