Morning Focus – Friday 15/11/19

Today on Morning Focus, John Quinlivan of Newmarket on Fergus, former executive at Shannon Development, Ger O’Halloran of Quin, FG Candidate in 2019 Local Elections and Patricia McCarthy, Former Mayor of Clare, Shannon joined us in studio for this week’s Friday Panel. 

Our panel discussed a range of topics, including the comments Noel Grealish made in the Dáil this week, how TD Maria Bailey has been removed from Fine Gael General Election ticket, whether or not there is a jobs crisis in Clare and the sacrifices that might have to be made in light of Climate Change.

If you missed the discussion, you can listen back below:


Before that, Senator Martin Conway, FG, Ennistymon, joined us in studio following the publication of the HSE’s Winter Plan for Irish hospitals. The HSE isn’t investing in any extra acute beds in hospitals this winter. Much of its 26 million euro plan for the season will be spent on home care packages and moving people out of hospitals. The measures are aimed at avoiding overcrowding – 679 people were waiting on trolleys on one day last week, the highest this year.

If you missed it, you can listen back below:

Next, Cllr Ann Norton, Independent, Barefield, joined us on the line to discuss her bid to ban people from smoking on beaches and other public areas that are operated by the local authority.

Next, Louise McGuane, Founder of Chapel Gate Whiskey joined Gavin on the line, as she has recently launched a new whiskey, it’s a 27 year old malt which costs €7000 and has recently sold out! There are only 100 bottles of this whiskey in the world!

If you missed our chat with Louise, catch it below:

Next, we heard from John Howard briefly as he wanted to mention that the production of ‘A Wake in the West’ takes place in Kilfenora this weekend.

To finish up today’s Morning Focus, we heard from Limerick-born, award-winning Singer/Songwriter, Don Mescall and fellow Musician/Songwriter Gregg Sutton as they are getting set to take the stage at the University Concert Hall, following the huge success of last year’s sell-out concert!

This year’s concert features contributions from Irish and international artists including Gary Brooker (lead singer of the rock band Procol Harum), Frances Black, American Grammy award-winning songwriter Mike Reid (“I Can’t Make You Love Me”), Gregg Sutton (hit songwriter and previously with Bob Dylan’s band ), Paul Brady, Beibei Wang (acclaimed Chinese operatic artist),Will Robinson (No.1 Nashville songwriter), Brian Kennedy, Bazil Meade MBE (founder and choirmaster of the London Community Gospel Choir), The Curraghgower Singers,  St. Mary’s Choir from Newport and Ahane soprano Siobhan Egan.