Morning Focus – Friday 15/12/17

The Friday edition of Morning Focus included a lively discussion of all of the week’s news when the weekly Panel gathered in studio.

Gavin was joined around the table by Margaret Wards, Ronan Judge and Bernadette Kenny. Listen back below:


The show opened with a discussion of a possible ‘sin tax’ on meat and meat products. Gavin was joined by Cratloe native and General Secretary of the ICSA, Eddie Punch, who is vehemently opposed to any such levy.

Next there was a debate on the controversial issue of abortion following the recommendation of an Oireachtas committee that the Eight Amendment to the Constitution be repealed. Gavin was joined by Éilís Murphy of Abortion Rights Clare and Erica Shiphman of the Pro Life Campaign.

Then, there was discussion of the ringing of the bells at the Cathedral of St Peter and Paul in Ennis. Fr Brendan Quinlivan told Gavin of the significance of the tradition, following debate on social media in recent days.

Rugby legend and Killaloe resident Keith Wood was Gavin’s next guest and shared details of projects he’s pioneering in the local area, as well as his insights on Ireland’s fortunes.

Cillian Griffey, Chairperson of Ennis Macra was Gavin’s next guest. He joined Gavin to discuss the recent success of the local branch of Macra na Feirme. Listen back below:

After the release of The Last Jedi this week, Gavin discussed the movie with Clare FM’s Stephen McDermott after they both attended screenings. Ailish Connolly from Kilbaha also joined the discussion to talk about the impact the filming in Loop Head might have on the local tourist trade. Listen back below:

Magician and hypnotist Keith Barry rounded off the a chat about his latest show ‘Magic Mad House’ which comes to glór, Ennis on February 11, 2018. Listen back below: