Morning Focus Tuesday October 18


Midwest Fianna Fáil TDs Willie O’Dea and Niall Collins, and Timmy Dooley, yesterday visited the Emergency Department at Mid-Western Regional Hospital to see first-hand the extent of over-crowding and the impact on patient safety
Deputy Dooley said the impact of the crisis at MWRH is far-reaching, as the Minister for Health continues to ignore the problem, the health services right across the region are suffering
He says it’s not just about patients in Limerick as people in his own constituency of Clare are affected and are very worried about what is going on
New Healthstat figures reveal that ONE-in-five patients have to wait between 12 and 24 hours to be admitted through the A&E at Dooradoyle
The report also reveals that 1.5 patients had to wait over 24 hour for a bed on a ward at the region’s main emergency department
Overall, the hospital scored an amber in Healthstat’s red, green and amber marking system
Clare Deputies Joe Carey of Fine Gael and Timmy Dooley of Fianna Fail joined John Cooke to discuss.
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The seven Presidential candidates are going head to head "as Gaeilge" on television this evening for a debate on TG 4
The candidates are recording the debate in two languages in Baile na hAbhainn this morning – and subtitles will be added before the debate’s screened at seven o’clock this evening
Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner Political Reporter discussed the latest in the campaign with John.

Have your say in Clare FM’s online poll:
Will you be voting in the Presidential Election?

• Yes 77%
• No 19%
• Don’t know 5%

Gearoid Howard of Crimmins Howard Solicitors, Shannon and volunteer with the Clare Citizens’ Information Service’ Free Legal Advice Clinic joined John in studio to discuss Selection for layoffs and the implications for possible redundancy

Did you ever have a feeling that something bad was going to happen? Perhaps you dreamt of a future event? Maybe you had a gut feeling that something momentous was about to occur?
“Forewarned” is the follow-up to Colm’s bestseller Going Home
It features 70 real life stories from all over Ireland and recounts tales of deaths, car accidents and ill health – also up beat stories about the lottery for example
Colm Keane, Author of Forewarned:Extraordinary Irish Stories of Premonitions and Dreams joined John in studio to discuss his latest book
Colm is an award winning Author and Broadcaster  – This is his 21st Book  – He has previously featured in very popular Clare FM interviews regarding his past works on Padre Pio, the Beatles, and Near Death Experiences.

John had a word with Brendan – from Kerry
Brendan sensed that something was wrong with his mother prior to her cancer diagnosis  – she died a month later (1987)
His aunt also had a forewarning of the death

Frankie Coote, Clare ISPCA Warden had some advice on the proper care of animals and owners’ legal obligations
Today he advised people on the proper channels to report cruelty cases- the dos and don’ts
Contact Frankie on 087 622 5253.

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