Morning Focus – Monday 08/01/18

Hospital trolleys

Monday’s Morning Focus opened with news of a fresh campaign to demand reform in the health service.

The ‘Still Waiting’ campaign gets underway with a conference on January 27 at Liberty Hall in Dublin. Ahead of that, Gavin spoke with one of the organisers, Una Dunphy.

The discussion then turned to cycling, with statistics being released on the number of fatalities involving leisure cyclists, and concern that the proposed law on a 1.5 metre clearance zone won’t be practicable.


To discuss these issues, Gavin was joined in studio by Sergeant John Maloney of the Clare Cycle Safety Initiative. Listen back below:

John Kennedy was Gavin’s next guest. The editor of Silicon Republic told Gavin about the dangers posed by the Spectre/Meltdown bugs and what people can do to protect their devices and their data.

With huge interest in the inside story of Trump’s White House, Gavin and Fiona discussed Michael Wolff’s exposé ‘Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House’.

Then, Gavin spoke with Dr Karen Weekes, an endurance cyclist who has cycled across Canada. The Irish women will be hosting a Tea Talk at Tubber Village Hall on Wednesday, January 10 at 8.30pm.

Model agent and stylist Celia Holman-Lee then joined Gavin in studio with some advice and tips for anyone planning a wedding this year.

The Sports Panel saw Clare FM commentator and analyst Syl O’Connor join Gavin to discuss the weekend’s hurling action. Listen back below:

Then there was a discussion about the first episode of Dancing with the Stars, where Mullagh’s Marty Morrissey is the hot favourite to win. Marty joined Gavin fresh from the opening night of the contest while last year’s finalists, Banner native, Aoibhín Garrihy also joined the discussion. Listen back below:

The show rounded off with a discuss with Tom Lynch of the Clare branch of Birdwatch Ireland. He told Gavin about a presentation by Killian Mullarney, a renowned wildlife and bird artist.