Morning Focus – Monday August 12th, 2019

Monday’s Morning Focus opened by asking ‘Is a cigarette butt return scheme the answer to over half of our litter problems?’

The proposal has gained traction in Germany, and some say it should be considered here given that cigarette butts account for 56% of all litter in Ireland. Gavin spoke to John Mallon from Forest Ireland to see if such a scheme could catch on here.

There has been strong criticism of Irish Water after a discharge of wastewater into the sea at Kilkee has led to a swimming ban being issued by Clare County Council. It has been in place since Saturday, and as tests take 48 hours to complete, the ban is likely to remain in place until Wednesday. Fianna Fail Councillor Cillian Murphy from Kilkee and Dave Neville from NevSail were on the show to say they’ve had enough.


The Tour de Munster was held over the last few days and Clare FM’s James Mulhall went to meet some of those involved, including cycling legend Sean Kelly when cyslists came through Ennis last Friday.

After the news at 10am, Gavin was joined for Garda Focus by Garda Niamh Browne from Ennis Garda Station.

How serious will post Brexit medication shortages be, if no deal is reached? That was the question Gavin posed to Gort-based pharmacist and former President of the Irish Pharmaceutical Union, Brendan Quinn. Brendan said, to-date, shortages have been ‘multiple and massive’, but manageable. However, he anticipates that, in the short to medium term the situation could worsen considerably.

Oscar Blue is a young Ogonnelloe singer-songwriter who has been releasing his music on Spotify over the last year, and has since had over 1.4 million streams. His upcoming single ’99 Ice Cream’ is due for release on Friday 16th of August. He joined Gavin in studio for a chat about his music.

The show was rounded off by a chat with Clare FM’s Darren Kelly for a review of the weekend sport.

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