Morning Focus Wednesday 14th May

Today’s Morning Focus was a special live debate as part of Clare FM's European Election Countdown 2014.

11 of the 15 Candidates for Ireland South joined John in Studio in Ennis to discuss an array of issues.


Richard Cahill – Independent

Jillian Godsill  – Independent

Simon Harris – Fine Gael

Kieran Hartley – Fianna Fail

Theresa Heaney – Catholic Democrats

Sean Kelly – Fine Gael

Liadh Ni Riada – Sinn Fein

Diarmuid O'Flynn – Independent

Grace O'Sullivan – Green

Phil Prendergast – Labour

Jan Van de Ven – Direct Democracy Ireland

Unable to attend were:

Deirdre Clune – Fine Gael

Brian Crowley – Fianna Fail

Peter O’Loughlin – Independent

Dónal Ó Ríordáin – Fis Nua

All questions posed to the candidates were compiled from letters, emails, text messages and calls from Clare FM listeners in the run up to the debate.

Today’s debate topics included attitudes to Europe in Clare, constituency changes, the size of the new constituency and unemployment.  Other issues raised included agriculture, banking and the bailout, energy and the future of the EU. 

The 15 candidates will fight it out for 4 seats.

If there’s an issue you would like to raise on upcoming Morning Focus debates or if you have a comment or query for the show, you can email [email protected].