Morning Focus Thursday October 13

Ennis Chamber of Commerce and Ennis Development Forum have criticised the town’s mayor for recent comments in which he claimed the town was an expensive place in which to shop
The business representative groups have said that Councillor Michael Guilfoyle’s comments are ‘unfounded’, and say that the town’s first citizen should instead seek to instil confidence in the area of job creation and retention in the town
Michael Guilfoyle, Mayor of Ennis, joined John in studio as did John Dillane, President of Ennis Chamber and the Ennis Development Forum on Thursday’s Morning Focus
Councillor Guilfoyle told John that he stands by his remarks, and that he was relaying the concerns of residents in the county town while John Dillane described as ‘treasonous’ Mayor Guilfoyle’s remarks that Ennis was a costly place to shop

Last night’s RTE Primetime debate itself dealt with issues like the power of the Presidency
Candidates clashed over whether the oath – with the allegiance to Almighty God – should be changed
Seán Gallagher explained a controversy surrounding funding given to a company he was involved in that was later repaid in a settlement.
Martin McGuinness was again defending his IRA past, while David Norris said allegations of welfare fraud surrounding his disability pension had been exposed as a lie
All the candidates except Dana attended a press conference after the debate, where they all claimed the TV debates didn’t work with so many of them there

John Cooke was joined by a panel to discuss their impressions of the debate and the campaign
Ciana Campbell, Media Consultant and Broadcaster and member of the Organising Committee Ennis Book Club Festival; Marian Egan, Clare FM Presenter, Documentary maker and Social Commentator and Michael Vaughan, Vice President of the Irish Hotels Federation, Lahinch hotelier and tourism campaigner


Clare FM’s Online poll: 

Who will you vote for as Ireland’s next President?

• Mary Davis 3%
• Sean Gallagher 25%
• Michael D. Higgins 20%
• Martin McGuiness 36%
• Gay Mitchell 4%
• David Norris 7%
• Dana Rosemary Scallon 4%

Laura Guneter from Inagh is the Clare participant in The Spartan Challenge
Organised by Spar in partnership with 3Ts Suicide Awareness it will see 26 participants from the 26 counties will form a team of Spartans to compete in the Dublin Marathon on October 31
Laura never did a marathon before and has been getting exercise and nutritional advice from Karl Henry and Paula Mee 
She joined John in studio to ask people to support her so she can win and travel to New York City for marathon – Vote for Laura on

The aim is to drive awareness and support for its charity of the year the 3Ts – Turning the Tide of Suicide
The 3Ts aims to heighten awareness of the problem of suicide in Ireland and to raise funds to help lower suicide rates through a dedicated helpline ‘1 Life’ (Free phone 1-800-24-7-100), research, educational support and intervention
An event is planned in Bohan’s Bar Feakle tomorrow night- organsers are hoping the usual crowd will attend and always happy to welcome those who haven’t attended before
Looking Forward is an initiative that battles social isolation and unites people in East Clare every few months
Don Purcell and Cyril Hogan joined John in studio.

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