Morning Focus – Friday 23/03/18

On Friday’s edition of Morning Focus, Gavin hosted the Friday Panel. He was joined by three panelists; Margaret O’Brien, festival and events co-ordinator, Bob Vernon, member of West Clare Taking Care and retired Anglican Minister and, Ger O’Halloran, community activist based in Quin and a member of the Clare Joint Policing Committee.

They covered topics such as the Pope’s visit to Ireland, the Facebook data protection scandal, the Irish Grand Slam, and whether or not we can or should support the Irish language more.

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At 9 am, Kate Duggan, the head of primary care with the HSE Mid-West and Gavin, discussed the inconclusive report into the HSE dental clinic that treated more than 40 children with drain cleaner.

Following that, Councillor Gerry Flynn spoke to Gavin about how Councillors were warned by the Minister for the Environment to stop interfering in planning processes and applications after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar met with Trump and claimed he had tried to stop the process from going ahead.

Then, Gavin chatted with Gráinne Ní Aodha of, about the new HPV campaign that is set to feature young Clare woman, Laura Brennan.

At 10 am, Gavin spoke to Kenneth O’Halloran the Corofin-bord award-winning photographer, about his exhibition at Glór in Ennis.

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Next, Gavin had a chat with Clare County arts officer, Siobhán Mulcahy, about the art events taking place in the region over the next week.

After that, the St Flannan’s’ students and teacher John Conneely who designed a NASA prize-winning space settlement, joined Gavin in the studio to talk about their project and their invitation to LA.

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To round off the show, he spoke about International Happiness Day (took place on March 20th) and Morning Focus listeners heard from members of the local public on what makes them happy.