Morning Focus – Thursday November 21st

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Thursday’s edition of Morning Focus included a discussion on the National Broadband Plan, the contract for which was signed by government this week. 

It includes proposals to spend €89 million euro in Clare alone, with Tanaiste Simon Coveney telling us that it amounts to the biggest ever investment in rural Ireland.  He discussed this, Brexit, and the controversial recent remarks by Verona Murphy in his discussion with Gavin, and you can hear that below.


Before that, to start the programme, Gary Fitzgibbon from Shannon joined us to highlight a new Limerick Haven Hub, which offers a support service for people who are suicidal.  Gary is one of its directors.  He’s spoken publicly about his own battles with mental health in the past, including his suicide attempts.  The new initiative is a voluntary organisation and more details are available from and

You can listen back to the interview below:

On today’s programme, we began a new series looking at support services for people with addictions.  James Mulhall interviewed Catriona Levelle, CEO of Clarecare, in the first of a five-part weekly series.  You can hear more below:

Next week, James will get into the nitty-gritty of addiction and by speaking with Bushypark’s Manager Margaret Nash.

Cormac McCarthy told us about the Repair Cafe initiative by Ennis Tidy Towns, which takes place this weekend.  It gives people an opportunity to get small repair jobs carried out on goods including laptops, phones, clothing, bicycles and more.  It takes place at Glor on Saturday from 12pm to 4pm.

After we spoke with the Tanaiste, Dr. Toby discussed ‘giving out’ in our parenting advice slot.  You can listen back to the interview below, and learn why she advises parents – and others – to take a different approach when giving out to children.

You can hear the interview below, and click here to see Toby’s advice in full:

To finish this morning, a double-hit of the Arts as Mary Greene from Greenshine looked ahead to their gig at Kenny’s in Lahinch tonight, before Clare County Arts Officer Siobhán Mulcahy joined us for her usual weekly preview.

We will be back with another edition of Morning Focus on Friday from 9:00, and remember you can contact us at any stage on [email protected]