Morning Focus – Monday 22/01/18

The week got off to a great start on Morning Focus, with an exclusive interview with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Gavin Grace spoke with the Taoiseach exclusively while he was on a visit to the midwestern region and Shannon Airport. Listen back below:


Then, the show looked at plans by United Airlines to shorten its seasonal schedule to Newark. Gavin spoke with FF’s Deputy Timmy Dooley who voiced concern that, in 2018, the season will end in October.

Forest spokesperson, John Mallon, then spoke to Gavin. The smoking-rights lobbyist explained why he believes that the Irish Cancer Society is stigmatising smokers.

Garda Focus was presented by Sergeant Joe Downey, Clare Crime Prevention Officer.

Then, the talk turned to tourism and the development of the east of the county. Gavin was joined in studio by Michael Hogan of East Clare Tourism who outlined plans for a networking event at the Kilkishen Cultural Centre next Thursday (Jan 25).

After than, Gavin was joined in studio by UL lecturer Paul J Maher who is among a team of researchers to look at the link between political disillusionment and extreme views. Listen back below:

The show then heard some advice on staying well and healthy in 2018. Gavin was joined by Kate O’Flaherty, Head of Health and Wellbeing at the Department of Health.

The Monday Sports Panel saw Clare FM’s Derrick Lynch join Gain in studio to review the weekend’s action. Listen back below:

Then, Marty Morrissey, GAA correspondent, Mullagh native an all-round good guy joined Gavin to discuss his progress on Dancing with the Stars. Listen back below:

Aoife Murray, the Clare Rose, was Gavin’s next guest. She joined him ahead of a planned trip to Chernobyl.

The show was rounded off with a chat with Peter Casey of the Burren Camogie Club who is one of those promoting sports for girls at an event in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon tonight (Jan 22) from 7.30-8.30pm.