Morning Focus – Monday 19/06/17

The week got off to a flying start on Morning Focus, with sports analysis, political speculation and a look ahead to the Munster Fleadh, taking place in Ennis from July 17 to 22 next year.

Monday’s show opened with a chat with Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Minister for State at the Department of Tourism and Sport.

Minister O’Donovan also played down the controversy surrounding the appointment today of the former Attorney General Máire Whelan to the Court of Appeal.


The junior minister spoke to Gavin too about the likely destination of junior ministerial roles when Taoiseach Leo Varadkar allocates them tomorrow (Tue. June 20) evening and the prospect of increased representation for the Midwest.

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The show then heard concerns over the ‘suspension’ of the Clare Primary Health Care Programme for Travellers. Gavin spoke to Eddie Mullins of SIPTU who is representing staff who have been made redundant. Listen back below:

Morning Focus then returned to the topic of drink driving. Gavin was joined on the line by Patrick Murphy who believes restrictions are impacting negatively on the social lives of rural people, especially those who are older and at risk of social isolation.

As the scale of the Grenfell fire tragedy continues to unfold, there are concerns about fire regulation at apartment complexes in Ireland. Gavin was joined in studio by Clare Chief Fire Officer, Adrian Kelly, who says all necessary steps are being taken to address the issue.

The HSE is offering a free information event on Wednesday (June 21) next at St Joseph’s Hospital Ennis from 1 to 4pm. Gavin was joined for a preview by Maria Bridgeman, Head of Health and Wellbeing, HSE Midwest Community Healthcare.

Gavin was then joined on the line by Charlie Glynn, PRO of Kilrush RNLI who told him why the organisation is looking for new volunteers.

The Monday Sports Panel was made up of Clare FM football analyst, Joe Garry and Peter O’Connell of the Clare Champion. Listen back below:

Fleadh News focused on the choice of Ennis as the destination of the Munster Fleadh next year (from July 17 to 22, 2018). Gavin was joined in studio by Joe Arkins and Tadhg Mulcahy. Listen back below:

The show finished by looking ahead to SeaFest 2017 which runs from June 30 to July 2 at Galway Harbour and Docks. Gavin was joined on the line by Caroline Bocquel of the Marine Institute in Galway.