Morning Focus – January 20th, 2020

Today’s edition of Morning Focus began with reaction this weekend’s shocking shooting incident in Sixmilebridge, which left two men injured. Clare FM’s James Mulhall reported from the Bridge, before Gavin spoke with Supt. Brendan McDonagh about Gardaí’s ongoing investigation.

You can hear both of those pieces below:


Next, Gavin was joined in studio by two of Clare’s General Election candidates, namely Fianna Fáil’s Cathal Crowe and Fine Gael’s Joe Carey. They joined us to discuss the issues facing rural communities, and what their parties propose to do to address those if they’re elected to power next month. You can also hear their reaction to the Sixmilebridge shooting, and to the Sunday Times’ Opinion Poll which gave Fianna Fáil an early lead, below:

Next, Conor Mahon joined us. The Ballyvaughan man is the Chair of the National Committee of CE Supervisors and he told us how members of that group are expected to vote in favour of industrial action, up to and including strike action, in a dispure over rights to a pension.

After Sgt. Triona O’Rourke joined us for our regular Garda Focus slot, we met Joe Robbins, the Director and Founder of Careerwise Recruitment. Today is Blue Monday, which is supposedly the toughest day of the year for peoples’ mental health. While the concept has been widely ridiculed, we decided to discuss changing jobs to benefit any listeners who may be experiencing the Monday Blues themselves.

Sinn Féin selected Violet-Anne Wynne to run for the party in the upcoming General Election this weekend. She joined us to discuss her chances:

Finally, Seamus Hayes joined us to talk sport, and in particular the action of the week ahead, including Scariff Ogonnelloe’s All-Ireland Semi-Final and Clare’s first games in the Allianz Football and Hurling Leagues:

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