Morning Focus – Thursday 14/06/18

The Boundary Commission has drawn up the following map for Clare for the 2019 local elections.

This morning everyone was talking about the boundary changes for Clare’s local elections.

The most significant of these changes saw North Clare regain its electoral area after previously being divided into other districts, much of it being under the Killaloe District. The changes also see many Councillors representing different districts and voters. Gavin spoke to Eoin Neylon, a political columnist with The Clare Echo about the changes.

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Following that Councillor Clare Colleran Molloy discussed what the changes meant for her and more specifically her election prospects.

Before all of that though, the show heard from Dr Michael Harty, Independent TD for Clare regarding the relocation of Out-patient Department of Ennis General Hospital. Harty caused quite a stir when he said Ennis General Hospital being upgraded or regaining A&E services would not happen.

Heading into the second hour the show delved deeper into the drug issues plaguing North Clare as Gavin spoke to Michael Lacey, the Chairperson of Midwestern Drugs and Alcohol Forum, a member of the Oversight Committee on Drugs with the Department of Health and a resident of Lisdonnvarna. Ennistymon based Senator, Martin Conway of Fine Gael offered his opinion on the situation directly afterwards.

Then Dr. Michael Kelleher of the IMO (Irish Medical Organisation) talked about foreign doctors from countries like Spain flying to Ireland to work as a locum (substitute).

Then it was Councillor Christy Curtin’s turn to react to the new Clare election boarders.

Rounding out Morning Focus’ second hour we heard from PJ Ryan, PRO for Clare Classic and Vintage Club and Mary Hewson of Sláinte an Chláir, Clare Cancer Support. They detailed an upcoming exhibit of vintage vehicles, most prominently tractors in aid of the Sláinte an Chláir charity. The event will take place at The Mart in Ennis on Sunday June 17th. Admission is only €5. For more information or to exhibit a vehicle contact Kevin on 087 635 4207.

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Then the show had a special memorial for John “Spoony” Vaughan. There will be a memorial ceremony for John on Saturday at Liscannor Moher Celtic.

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Then Elizabeth Arnett from Ulster Bank talked about how Communion costs continue to rise.

The show ended with details on Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2018.