Morning Focus – Thursday 13/09/18

Thursday’s Morning Focus opened with yet more discussion of the CervicalCheck report recently released by Dr Gabriel Scally.

Scally was tasked with the inquiry to find out why more than 200 women had their smear tests read incorrectly. Scally found no need for a commission of inquiry but had a number of recommendations for the health service. Gavin discussed the situation with Independent Cllr Anne Norton and Independent Clare TD Dr Michael Harty.

Then we heard from MEP for Ireland South Seán Kelly. He discussed European Commission President Jean-Claude Junker’s assertion that the EU Parliament and Commission will always show solidarity with Ireland and work to find a ‘creative solution’ to ensure Brexit will not lead to hard boarder between North and South Ireland.


Moving into the second hour it was time for a regular Parenting Advice segment with Dr Toby Sachsenmaier. This week’s focus was tearing kids away from all the screens!

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Then we heard from another woman who’s been on Morning Focus before, Jennifer O’Meara. A busy Mum from Kilkee Jennifer has tried a range of treatments to help deal with the nerve damage that leaves her with chronic pain. As September is Chronic Pain Awareness month we caught up with Jennifer to see if her situation has improved and see if she has managed to access the opoid-free pain relief methods that she struggled to access before.

Rounding out the show’s second hour was Mark Campbell the programme facilitator for a new Cannabis Treatment Centre on it’s way to Ennis. Run by Clare Drug and Alcohol Service and the HSE Midwest the service will begin on Tuesday October 2nd and run for eight weeks. It’s a free and confidential service for anyone over 18 who is seeking help to cut back on the drug or stop using it altogether. For more information contact Mark on 086 384 7075 or Justin on 087 205 1958.

In the last hour Gavin spoke with General Election candidate for Sinn Féin Noeleen Moran. The pair discussed Sinn Féin’s plans to table a vote of no confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy saying he hasn’t done enough to tackle the housing crisis.

Then we spoke with actor, theatre-maker, and production manager Emma O’Grady. O’Grady has created a one woman show centred on the musing of her late grandfather Paddy O’Grady. The show entitled ‘What Good Is Looking Well When You’re Rotten On The Inside’ examines the delicate and fractured personas we put on in society and the potential of what we could be behind them. After being well received at the Galway Theatre Festival last year the show is now making its way to Glór.

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Finally the show ended with a discussion of tourism at Loophead. Loophead Tourism Network representative Trea Halps spoke about how the network plans to use a newsletter to inform residents of goings on and get their feedback. It’s all part of a two year project to create a self-sustaining tourism network for the area.