Morning Focus – Friday 13/09/19

Topics discussed on this edition of the Morning Focus Friday Panel included everything from busking in Ennis to the likelihood of a ‘No Deal’ Brexit.

This morning, Gavin was joined by Martin Waldron of Corofin. Craftworks, Parnell Street, Ennis, Patricia McCarthy the Former Mayor of Clare, Shannon and Brian Meaney, an Ex-Green and FF member of Clare County Council.

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Friday’s Morning Focus began with a discussion on the upcoming Budget and the beef crisis. The Finance Minister insists any tax cuts in the budget will be targeted. Paschal Donohoe’s defending his decision to frame this year’s budget on the basis of a no-deal Brexit. However, personal taxes will not be cut in the budget and if there are increases in social welfare payments, they will be aimed at the most vulnerable. Gavin was joined by Deputy Michael Harty, Clare Independent TD who discussed the issue of Brexit amongst other topics.

Morning Focus was then joined by an Ennistymon mother, Audrey McMahon who wishes to warn listeners about the danger of Sepsis. September is Sepsis Awareness Month and the HSE is urging everyone to familiarise themselves with the signs and symptoms of Sepsis, and be ready to ask ‘Could it be Sepsis?’ Sepsis is complex and difficult to diagnose. It is the body’s abnormal response to infection that results in the body’s own immune system attacking its own tissues and organs and can be life-threatening. Molly Blackwell from Ennistymon came home from school one evening complaining of a pain in her back, had a very high temperature and was sleepy. Having been to the GP, her mother Audrey decided to go to the ED as Molly was getting sleepier and experiencing increased pain. It was only when Molly got to the hospital a few hours later that septic shock was diagnosed by a nurse who recognised the symptoms. Molly was transferred immediately from University Hospital Limerick to Temple Street Children’s Hospital, and the worst was feared. She recovered but now lives with life-altering challenges.

Yvonne Young, Assistant Director of Nursing of the UL Hospital Group offered an expert opinion on-air as she says Sepsis is extremely complex and difficult to diagnose. She advises that it should be treated with the same urgency as a heart attack or a stroke.

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Next, on the show, Gavin spoke to Barry Foley, Marketing Development for Irish Seed Savers who told us all about The Irish Seed Savers Harvest Festival from 11am-5pm on Sunday, September 15th.

Ahead of an open day at St Joseph’s Hospital in Ennis, Gavin heard from John Jennings, Coordinator of the Mens Sheds of Clare. He told him about the work the organisation has done there.

Our show finished with a report by Clare FM’s James Mulhall as he spoke to Mary Moloney, Fundraising Manager of Cahercalla about the benefits Ireland’s Largest Coffee Morning had for Cahercalla Hospice.

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