Morning Focus – Thursday 13/07/17

The Thursday edition of Morning Focus was a lively mix of chat, views and news, including an update on the new campus for LIT.

The show opened with a discussion with FF Deputy Timmy Dooley of a number of issues, including the Summer Statement, which outlines spending plans for the next budget. The deputy also gave Pat Flynn his views on the new bill on drink driving, due before the Dáil later this year. Listen back below:


Permission has just been granted for a new LIT campus at Coonagh on the northern side of the city. The news was welcomed on air by President of LIT Vincent Cunnane. Listen back below:

With the Agriculture Minister due in Kilfenora this evening (Thurs., July 13) to honour the BurrenLIFE Project, Pat was joined on the line by Michael Davoren of the IFA in the Burren. Listen back below:

Dr Máire Finn of the Ennis Family Medical Centre joined Pat in studio to answer a range of medical queries. Listen back below:

Listeners were then asked to keep an eye out for swifts, as these birds are becoming rarer in Ireland. Birdwatch Ireland in Clare is working to encourage the birds to nest, by building nest boxes in Ennis. Anyone who’d like to report sightings is asked to email [email protected] and more information is available on Listen back to Richard Collins of Birdwatch Ireland, Clare below:

The show wrapped up with a chat about coffee. The humble bean has been getting good press this week with reports that it can cut the risk of premature death. Pat was joined in studio by Conor Naughton of Suas Café on O’Connell Street, Ennis. Listen back below: