Morning Focus – Thursday 22/06/17

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Thursday’s Morning Focus opened with a discussion on fishing in Ireland in light of new CSO figures which show that are only 30 people are employed in fishing or fish processing in the Banner County. We heard the views of MEP Liadh Ní Ríada, from Jane from Kilkee, the wife of a fisherman, and from Tommy Comerford of the Doonbeg Fisherman’s Association.

‘NAMA for the wee guy’ was also on the agenda. Deputy John McGuinness, a Fianna Fail TD for Carlow-Kilkenny and the Head of the Joint Oireachtas Finance Committee was responding to calls for action on the ongoing mortgage and home repossession crisis.

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Dr Maire Finn joined us for her weekly slot and discussed Osteoporosis and took questions from listeners. Maire joins us every Thursday – if you have a query for her you can email them to [email protected]

Our attentions turned to parking once again as President of Ennis Chamber of Commerce Will Cahir joined us to discuss the new parking measures in Ennis; the rates have been reduced in car parks and increased on-street, for a six month trial period.

Clare GAA is unveiling a statue to Michael Cusack on Wednesday of next week. Gavin travelled to the yard of the sculptor Michael McTeigue in Kilnamona to view the statue and talk about the process.

Fr Tom Ryan, the Parish Priest for St Senan Shannon spoke to us about the parish’s golden jubilee and fill us in with the celebrations planned to commemorate the milestone.

We heard of the Tour de Munster – a six hundred and fourty kilometre trek around Munster in the name of Charity. Clare FM’s James Mulhall went to the launch at Bunratty Castle and spoke to some of those involved ahead of the challenge.

There may not be life (as we know it) on Mars but ten new habitable planets have been discovered by NASA. Astronomy Ireland’s David Moore joined Gavin to chat about the news.