Morning Focus Wednesday October 12

Last night Davy Fitzgerald, the legendary Clare goal keeper, was ratified as the county’s Senior Hurling Manager
The Sixmilebridge man is set to begin a three-year term at the helm of the Clare hurlers, 14 years after he played in the last Banner side to lift Liam McCarthy
Meanwhile, with no other nominees seeking the role, Micháel McDermott is set to retain his position as manager of the Clare Senior Footballers

We heard Davy Fitzgerald addressing delegates at the Clare County Board meeting last evening having been ratified as Clare Senior Hurling Manager and speaking with Clare FM’s Kevin McGillicuddy about his hopes for the future and the challenges ahead.

Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation and SIPTU will take their campaign for patient safety at the Mid Western Regional Hospital, Limerick to Dublin tomorrow, October 12th.  Nurses are engaged in a campaign of action aimed at highlighting the unacceptable clinical risk, and their grave concern for patient care, which continues on a daily basis, arising from increased demand, overcrowding, and inadequate bed capacity at that hospital.
 Members from both unions left Limerick at 8.15 am and travel on a bus aptly named “The Patient Safety Express” to Dublin, making three stops when they reach the capital to deliver letters to:  Cathal Magee, CEO. HSE, Dr Steven’s Hospital, Dr James Reilly, Minister for Health, Department of Health and Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, Leinster House
Jim McGrath, Honorary Branch Organiser and Limerick Nursing Branch SIPTU and a Feakle native spoke with John en route to the Capital and A and E nurse Michael Fitzpatrick from Ennis also had a word with John.


Martin Collins of Pavee Point responded to calls for a change in law to enable Clare County Council to take action as ten Traveller homes that were part of Clare County Council’s €20 million spend over 10 years on Traveller accommodation were destroyed by arson and vandalism
The findings were revealed in a report on the costs of Traveller accommodation, which is due to be put before council members on Monday. Last month, it was confirmed that the council was €450,000 over budget on Traveller issues in 2011
Martin gave his response to this- also suggestions for how this could be avoided in the future

Car history check provider has announced the results of an in-depth study into the number of clocked cars in Ireland
The study is the first of its kind to publish the top twenty makes and models of cars on the road that are potentially clocked
Given that thirty eight individual manufacturers were identified as having fallen victim to the fraud, it is clear that the vast majority of cars are susceptible to the practice and no individual brand is immune
The study examined six thousand individual reports that were produced by this year for private consumers
Of the selection analysed, found one thousand two hundred and twenty four vehicles (20%) were uncovered as having a discrepancy with the vehicles reported odometer reading
Michael Rochford, Co-founder of explained.

The Killaloe/Ballina Community & Family Resource Centre are launching a comprehensive counselling service today from 2-6pm in an expansion of the range of services offered at the Family Resource Centre based at Main Street, Killaloe
Serving a catchment population of 4046 (CSO, 2006) the centre has been in existence since 2003
The new service involves a team of six trained counsellors supported by two student counsellors. Counsellors are trained in a range of disciplines including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), humanistic and integrative counselling There is also a play therapist available to work with children seeking support
The service is located in a refurbished area of the resource centre and incorporates private counselling rooms
Geraldine Dollard, a counsellor at the Killaloe/Ballina Community & Family Resource Centre explained.
For more information contact 061 374741.

Paul Wolfe of the Clare Citizens’ Information Service joined John in studio to answer listeners’ social welfare, employment and consumer law queries.

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