Morning Focus Tuesday October 11

Economist Stephen Kinsella of the University of Limerick is in Clare this afternoon to give a jargon free presentation The Irish economy and Local Development in Clare as part of Midwest Enterprise Week
John Cooke spoke with him on Tuesday’s Morning Focus ahead of his talk where he will be discussing Ireland’s economic crisis today and  what positive benefits Clare can derive from the crisis nad will be looking at previously unseen data on jobs in lare and advocate for regional development built on local initiatives
The talk is taking place at 12noon in the Templegate Hotel in Ennis, Contact 6841922 for more information.

Calls have been made for a change in the law regarding traveller accommodation following what’s described as a disturbing report on the wanton vandalism of local housing developments in Clare
With 20 million euro spent on traveller housing in Clare in 10 years, there’s been widespread condemnation following revelations that one fifth of the housing units built have been destroyed by fire or vandalism in Ennis and Shannon
Last evening’s meeting of Clare County Council was told that at the Beechpark Halting site in Ennis cost 2.2 million euro to build and a further 300,000 euro to maintain over the last two years, but 3 houses remain vacant due to intimidation and threats among the traveller community
The report has prompted the Clare County Manager Tom Coughlan to call for changes in the law, as he said a small number of traveller families are burning houses and threatening staff, while also costing money the local authority doesn’t have
Patricia McCarthy, Independent Shannon Councillor and James Breen, Independent Ennis West Councillor discussed.
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World Mental Health Week 8th to 16th October 2011

Mental Health Reform has expressed concern that nursing staff may be pulled out of the community and put into hospital services because of shortages
This contravenes the principles of reform set out in 2006 -A Vision for Change
Orla Barry, Director of Mental Health Reform explained.

Will Cahir of Cahir and Company Solicitors and volunteer with Clare Citizens’ Information Service Free Legal Advice Clinic joined John to discuss the difference between clubs, associations and charities.

Consultant Paediatrician and author of Childhood Asthma: Your Questions Answered Dr Peter Greally had advice for parents on their childs asthma.
The book is an accessible practical and professional guide for both sufferers of asthma and their families and friends
Peter is an expert in the field and a sufferer of Asthma
Childhood Asthma explains the causes and effects of asthma; different forms of allergies; eczema; inflammation; and much more
Also details exactly what causes an asthma attack as well as how best to prevent them and what to do if they occur
By highlighting the common triggers and signs of an asthmatic attack, Childhood Asthma ensures that any sufferer of asthma, as well as their parent, guardian or teacher, is able to safely deal with such an occurrence
Managed effectively, asthma can potentially cause little or no effect to a sufferer’s life; this is particularly evident by the number of high-profile athletes that have asthma.

There is aeeting next Monday 17th in the Old Ground Hotel at 7.30pm that aims to attracts individuals and groups involved in the tidy towns campaign
Organisers hope to widen people’s enthusiasm for the competition and the derivatives for the local community. Flan Garvey of the Clare Tourism Council explained.

Clare ISPCA Warden Frankie Coote joined John for his weekly chat and once again urged  dog owners to keep their animals under control.
Contact Frankie on 087 622 5253.

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