Morning Focus – Monday 19/02/18

The Monday edition of Morning Focus got off to a lively start, with in-depth analysis and discussion of the newly-published ‘Ireland 2040 – National Planning Framework’.

Gavin was joined on the line by a number of commentators including Junior Minister Pat Breen, Deputy Éamon Ó Cuiv and Mike Devane, Chair AEC Chambers Group.

The show also looked at issues relating to a new code on the marketing of junk food to kids. Gavin spoke with Chris Macey, Head of Advocacy with the Irish Heart Foundation.


Ahead of an event in Ennis on Monday (Feb 19) night, advocating repeal of the Eight Amendment, Gavin spoke with Jon O’Brien of the organisation, Catholics for Choice.

The show then looked at a project being organised by pupils in Parteen National School, who are seeking the assistance of the public to help tell the life-stories of the 15 men that played on the Parteen Rugby Team more than a century ago. Gavin was joined by teacher and local councillor Cathal Crowe and by pupils from the school, Matthew Brown and Christian Hartigan. Both are 5th class pupils, and both are descendants of some of the players in the photograph. Listen back below:

The Monday Sports Panel was made up of Clare FM’s Derrick Lynch and Eoin Brennan from the Clare People. Listen back below:

There was a bit of glitz and glamour to end the show, with Gavin catching up with GAA Correspondent Marty Morrissey who is still Dancing with the Stars. Listen back below:

Gavin then heard from Peter Dalton of He’s inviting people of all shapes, looks and sizes to open casting events in Limerick (Strand Hotel, Wednesday, Feb 21, 12-7pm) and Galway (Hotel Meyrick, Thursday, Feb 22, 12-7).