Morning Focus – Tuesday 03/12/19

Today on Morning Focus Eimear Murphy of Obair joined us on the line to discuss a Community Forum which took place in Newmarket on Fergus yesterday evening.

The meeting, for all residents and citizens of Newmarket, took place in Newmarket on Fergus Community Centre yesterday evening. One of the topics on the agenda was the situation regarding a GP in Newmarket on Fergus. The meeting was open to all members of the community, Eimear who co-ordinates Meals on Wheels joined us on the line to discuss how the meeting went. Other topics on the agenda included the Lack of a Garda presence/Redundant Garda Station and the lack of basic services, amenities and facilities, particularly in the Main Street of Newmarket on Fergus

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Next on the show, we were joined on air by the deputy of Housing of Peter McVerry Trust, Francis Doherty following on from the announcement that the national housing and homeless charity has begun to deliver social housing in County Clare for the first time. The charity is working in partnership with Clare County Council to meet the housing needs of people impacted by homelessness in the county.

Next Michael Harty, Clare Independent TD, joined Gavin on the line as the Housing Minister faces a motion of no-confidence in the Dáil this evening. The Social Democrats moved the motion saying Eoghan Murphy has failed to get to grips with the housing crisis. Fianna Fáil will abstain during tonight’s vote. However, the government will need the support of several independents in order to win.

Margaret O’Brien of the Ennis Chamber joined us in studio as the Ennis Chamber has joined forces with Shannon Group to launch #BuyLocalFlyLocal. Over the three weekends leading up to Christmas customers of the certain businesses who spend €30 (min) can enter a draw to win short breaks for 2 (return flights plus €600 cash for accommodation) to Vienna, Paris and Barcelona, the three exciting new routes departing from Shannon Airport in 2020.

The promotion starts the weekend of Dec 07/ 08 and continues weekend of Dec 14/15 and Dec 21/22)

Next on Morning Focus we were joined in the studio by Declan McEvoy from Quin, as he is set to undertake an epic journey to one of the most dangerous, under-documented natural, cultural & historical landmarks in the world – Lake Baikal in Siberia, Russia. In doing so himself and his team hope to set a New Guinness World Record by being the first Team of Adventurers to traverse this 500 mile expanse of frozen ice on Motor Bikes – totally unsupported!

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Next, we were joined in the studio by the author of Clare and it’s people, Brian Dinan. The book tells the story of the history of County Clare as it has been shaped by Stone Age pioneers, Bronze Age Wizards, Celts of Iron and mystery, Norman English invaders and furious wars that were fought by the O’Brien’s of Thomond.

Following that Gavin spoke to Fr Donagh O’Meara ahead of a talk which is taking place in Miltown Malbay Community Hall on Wednesday the 4th of December at 7:30pm. The Críocha Callan Cluster comprises the parishes of Kilmurry Ibrickane, Miltown Malbay, Kilmaley and Inagh Kilnamona.  The next few years are going to bring a huge change in the cluster. The meeting is being held in an effort to begin to reflect and think about the future.  Fr Michael Conway who lectures on Faith and Culture in St. Patricks College Maynooth will reflect on the shape of the Christian Community into the future.

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To finish today’s Morning Focus, Frankie Coote, Clare County Dog Warden joined us in studio for an Animal Welfare Update.