Morning Focus – 23/10/18

Frank-McNamara, Niamh Wiley, Flan Brennan and Fr Ger Fitzgerald

Morning Focus began with Dep Catherine Murphy, Social Democrats who discussed the failures of Pat Breen’s office to answer parliamentary questions regarding his engagements with Mr McCourt.

Dr Siobhán Higgins, Research Fellow, School of Psychology, NUI Galway spoke about the huge rise in the uptake of sexual consent classes. The Smart Consent workshop was created in 2015 by researchers at NUI Galway’s School of Psychology. Siobhán O’Higgins and Patrick MacNeela will speak today at a meeting of the Joint Committee on Education and Skills. We hear about the rise in uptake of consent classes at University of Limerick from Student Welfare Officer, Lorcan O’Donnell.

Clare FM reporter Ryan Hanton heard from the people of Ennis on their reactions to Presidential candidate Peter Casey in the last few days of the Presidential race.


In the second hour of the show we had our regular segment ‘The Money Doctor’ with independent financial advisor, John Lowe, This week we had a listener’s query on dormant accounts and power of attorney.

RTÉ Political Correspondent, Martina Fitzgerald told us about her new book ‘Madam Politician: The Women at the Table of Irish Political Power.’ The book tells the stories of the 17 surviving female senior cabinet ministers and the 2 former female Presidents.

After this, former nurse Loretta Parslow gave her appeal to Clare nurses who worked in St. Patrick’s Infant Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin in the 70s and 80s. Loretta is hoping to gather photos and souvenirs and give them to Tusla who will give them to adoptees who come looking for their records.

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We also had our regular segment ‘Animal Welfare’ update with Clare County Dog Warden, Frankie Coote.

The final hour of Morning Focus kicked off with Katherine Webster, Conservation and Advocacy group of the Burren Ecotourism Network who talked about the ‘Burren Food Fayre’ which is on this weekend (October 27 & 28)/ The free event is in its seventh year and part of the ‘Burren Winterage Festival’ and will feature workshops and food demonstrations from food writers, producers and restaurants from the Burren and further afield.

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Then, Singer-Songwriter Don Baker was live in studio to discuss his new album ‘Brothers in Arms’ ahead of his gig at Glór, Ennis this Sunday (October 28).


We heard from Ennis Men’s Shed reps, Frank McNamara and Flann Brennan, Cloughleigh Residents & Development Group, Ennis MD Rural Community Development Officer, Niamh Wiley and Fr Ger Fitzgerald about the plans to set up a shed in Cloughleigh. The men’s shed Cloughleigh information evening will take place this Thursday (October 25) at the Cloughleigh Community Centre at 8pm. If you are interested in woodwork, gardening, metalwork or friendship this venture might be for you. Click here to visit the website.

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