Morning Focus – Tuesday 04/07/17

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Tuesday’s Morning Focus heard a story of extraordinary and everyday courage as 13-year-old David Falconcer joined Gavin in studio to tell him why he’s doing his bit to give something back to Crumlin Children’s Hospital.

The show opened with a discussion of why the NAGP is urging patients to travel overseas for medical treatments. Gavin was joined by Vice President of the organisation, Dr Yvonne Williams from Shannon. Listen back below:


Changes to entitlements for women who’ve just had surgery for breast cancer was the next topic for discussion. Moves to reduce support for the purchase of prostheses and medical bras have been delayed, but the news has still caused huge controversy. Gavin spoke to breast cancer survivors Kate Conway of Bravelle Lingerie in Limerick and Ennistymon-native Aileen Delaney who shared their stories and their concerns. Listen back below:

Changes to flat charges for refuse collection services are proving controversial, but according to the Southern Regional Waste Management Office (SRWMO) they’ll be a positive step in diverting more waste from landfill sites. Gavin was joined on the line by Philippa King, Waste Plan Coordinator with the SRWMO.

Money Doctor John Lowe was on hand with advice on managing redundancy payments and other personal finance matters. Listen back below:

Anne Casey, a Miltown-born poet now living in Australia, was Gavin’s next guest. Anne came to studio ahead of the launch in Ennistymon (on Thursday, July 6 at 7.30pm) of her debut collection ‘Where the Lost Things Go’. Listen back below:

David Falconer was a guest on Morning Focus two years ago when he was aged just eleven. The Ennis lad is now 13 and, although he suffers from a very rare and painful skin condition, he’s not letting that hold him back. He’s now helping Crumlin Children’s Hospital, where he’s a regular patient, by fronting their ‘Supporting Small Victories Every Day’ campaign. He and his dad told Gavin more. You’ll find full details of the campaign on LO-CALL 1890 507 508 or by logging on to Listen back below:

As always on a Tuesday, Gavin was joined for an update on animal welfare by Clare County Dog Warden, Frankie Coote.