Morning Focus – Wednesday 11/09/19

This Wednesday’s Morning Focus began with a discussion of the main headlines in the papers which included, the problem the rise in insurance premiums have caused for places such as local community centres.

One of the most moving interviews on the show focused on a memorial event for a young local man whose life was cut tragically short in a workplace accident.

From Doonbeg, Kevin Hoare lost his life in an incident in London in February 2017.
Gavin was joined by Kevin’s sister, Ashley and his father Michael as they are looking to keep his memory alive, and to raise funds in his honour, at a golf classic this Friday and Saturday (14/09/19) at Kilkee Golf Club.
They are also hosting a charity auction and a GoFundMe page has been set up too.
Funds are being donated to Clare Crusaders.


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At the opening of the show, Gavin spoke about the launch of The Mid-West Hospital Campaign group as it was formed in response to the crisis at University Hospital Limerick where patients lives are being put at risk in the current overcrowded decisions. The Mid-West Hospital Campaign is calling for an end to the overcrowding at UHL, a reversal of the cuts to services in our public hospitals, better conditions for health workers, the reopening of local A&E’s at Ennis, Nenagh & St. John’s and the restoration of a type three Hospital in Ennis.

There will be a coordinated day of action on Saturday 14th September in the town centres of Ennis & Nenagh and Limerick City with more actions and protests to follow.

Next, the cycle lane controversy in Ennis continues, with a review to now be carried out following uproar from residents in the area. On the show, Clare FM’s James Mulhall reported from a meeting of the Ennis Municipal District, hearing from members including Fianna Fáil’s Clare Colleran Molloy.

Then Gavin spoke with an extraordinary woman doing an exceptional cycle. Chris Slavin is hoping to become the first person to hand-cycle 2000km around Ireland to raise funds for the Ian O’Connell Trust.

Now, as you’ll have been hearing, talks on the beef crisis broke down on Monday (Sept 9) after the withdrawal of the group representing the factories – that’s Meat Industry Ireland.
Processors say they’re no longer prepared to sit at the negotiating table while blockades continue at plants around the country. Today, the factories announced more temporary lay-offs and warned of the impact on the wider rural economy.
To guage the mood in the farming community in Clare, Morning Focus producer Fiona McGarry went to the mart in Ennis yesterday.

Lastly, our Ask the Vet segment this week focused on the topic of puppies.

John Underhill from Burren Vets, Ennistymon gave us many tips which may be especially useful for first-time puppy owners.

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