Morning Focus – Thursday 05/09/19

The drama around Britain’s exit from the EU became even more fraught this week, with concerns growing about the economic impact on Ireland of a no-deal Brexit.

Morning Focus heard about an aspect of Brexit that has received less attention, and that’s the cultural implications for this country. Gavin heard from Dr John Walsh, Senior Lecturer in Gaeilge at NUI Galway who argued that there are opportunities for this country in terms of breaking our dependence on English language media and cultural influences.

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The show opened with an in-depth conversation with Fiacre Hensey who is retiring as General Manager of Clarecare. As he published the organisation’s annual report and reflects on his tenure, he told Gavin about some of the issues impacting the provision of social services, including regulation and red tape.

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Gavin then heard from Lisdoonvarna-based Cllr Joe Garrihy (FG) who explained why he and his Ennistymon Electoral Area colleagues Cllr Shane Talty (FF) and Roisín Garvey (Green) are pushing hard for more support from the local authority and development agencies for rural parishes in North and West Clare.

Then, Gavin was joined by Liam O’Brien of the Doolin Ferry Company. He told Gavin about the firm’s role in recovering a mystery vessel off Inis Oirr, that was later identified as a US naval training vessel, used for target practice.

Then, Morning Focus introduced a new fortnightly legal advice slot with Sharon Cahir of Cahir & Co. Solicitors in Ennis. In this session, Sharon discussed issues around Enduring Power of Attorney. Listen back below:

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After that, the decision of joint senior hurling manager Gerry O’Connor not to see another term at the helm was discussed with Clare FM analysis and commentary team Tommy Guilfoyle and Syl O’Connor.

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