Morning Focus – Monday 29/01/18

The first show of the week got off to a lively start with some residents of Clarecastle accusing the authorities of leaving the village to die.

Concerns come as Latoon Bridge remains closed for urgent safety works, which some believe are stifling the economic viability of Clarecastle. Gavin spoke to concerned trader Paul Walsh who is critical of efforts of the council to mitigate the impact of the bridge closure; and to Cllr Paul Murphy (FG) who is Mayor of the Ennis District.

The show opened with a discussion with Independent TD, Dr Michael Harty on the repeal of the Eight Amendment. It comes as the Cabinet gets set to meet today (Jan 29) to consider whether to approve a referendum. They will also be asked if the wish to accept the advice to the Attorney General and take a ‘repeal and enable’ approach, meaning the amendment would be replaced with a clause enabling the Oireachtas to legislate for abortion.


After Garda Focus, Gavin was joined in studio by Daire Ó Criodáin of the Samaritans. He told Gavin about sessions for new volunteers on January 30 and 31 at the Samaritan Centre on Sundrive Road in Ennis from 7.30-10pm next Tuesday and Wednesday. More information is available on 085 176 3491. The Samaritan’s helpline is 116 123. Listen back below:

Then, there was advice on those applying to the CAO for STEM courses. Gavin heard from Margie McCarthy, Head of Education and Public Engagement with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

The Monday Sports Panel involved Clare FM’s Derrick Lynch as well as hurling analyst Tommy Guilfoyle. Listen back below:

Then, Marty Morrissey, GAA correspondent, Mullagh native and Godfather of Dance joined Gavin after successfully surviving elimination on last night’s Dancing with the Stars.

The show rounded off with a chat with John Egan who is to deliver a talk on the fascinating Ennistymon-born George Kooenai Brown tonight (Jan 29) at 8pm at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon.