Morning Focus – April 15th

This morning’s programme began with a discussion on the next government, and the possible end of civil war politics in Ireland.

Following a meeting between their respective party leaders last evening, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are poised to go from a confidence and supply agreement into a fully-fledged coalition government together.  The agreement looks poised to be supported by the parties’ Clare TDs, Cathal Crowe and Joe Carey – they joined Gavin on the line this morning.


Next, Dr. Siobhan O’Connor of Clare Haven issued a reminder that their services are continuing to operate at this time, and that victims of domestic violence should not suffer in silence.  Clare Haven operates a 24-hour confidential support line on 065 6822435.

After that, Cllr Tony O’Brien expressed his concerns about the Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael deal, before talking about the call from the National Bus and Railworkers Union for more protections at this time.  He suggested that passengers be allowed ride free of charge, given that footfall is down anyways, ina  bid to stop drivers having to handle cash.

After 10:00, we heard from Gerry Eustace.  The Kilrush native is working as a nurse in a COVID-ward in Queens, New York, having volunteered to do so.  Gerry spoke about some of what he has seen in that role, and appealed to all of us to follow social distancing guidelines in a bid to protect  our health.  You can hear his interview below:

Next, Sean Moynihan of ALONE and Fr. Harry Bohan of Sixmilebridge talked about cocooning, and the need for people to reach out and avail of support at this time.  ALONE are operating a helpline on 0818 222024.

While finally, vet John Underhill talked about ulcers in animals, big and small.

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