Morning Focus – 15/11/18

Morning Focus began with Dep Pat Breen who spoke to us about the Brexit withdrawal agreement. 

The cabinet approved withdrawal agreement will pave the way for an emergency EU summit and a vote in the British parliament.

JP O’Sullivan, Mecpaths discussed the importance of making those in the Clare hotel sector aware of child trafficking risks. Mecpaths are working with students from the Shannon College of Hotel Management training them to be alert to potential child trafficking through hotel rooms.


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Mick Kearns, Lisheen’s House, Skibbereen (suicide prevention charity) spoke to us ahead of the rural isolation meeting in East Clare. A meeting will take place  tonight (November 18) at 8pm, in Tony’s Bar, Bridgetown. Séamus Sherlock, ICSA, Noreen Murphy and Mick Kearns will all speak at the meeting.

In the second hour of the show Tim Pat Coogan informed us about his new book ‘The GAA and the War of Independence.’ The book documents the establishment of the GAA and the drive towards towards rebellion against British occupation. The GAA fostered and facilitated nationalist sentiment at this time.

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Dr David Bouchier Hayes, Consultant Urologist, Galway Clinic was on the line to discuss minding men’s health this ‘Movember.’ He gave details about the symptoms of prostate and testicular cancer and the importance of getting checked.

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Dr Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Associate Professor of Politics, School of Law and Government, DCU was live in studio to discuss his book tracing partition to Brexit. The Newmarket-On-Fergus man will launch the book ‘In From Partition To Brexit: The Irish Government and Northern Ireland’ at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis tomorrow (November 16) at 6:30pm.

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In the final hour of Morning Focus Michael Healy Rae, Independent TD for Kerry joined us to talk about his new memoir. Dep Healy-Rae has taken on the role of seanchaí for the book which is a collection of true stories.

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Paul Farrell, Senior Editor, The Phoenix Annual gave details on who’s been naughty and nice this year in the showbiz world. The publication of this year’s annual evokes a certain poignancy and nostalgia as the original Goldhawk John Mulcahy passed away.

Actress Mary McEvoy shared her weight loss struggle ahead of performing in the hugely popular play ‘The Matchmaker’ in glór tomorrow night (November 16).