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Morning Focus Friday 4th June

On today's Morning Focus Marian began by chatting about all thing Garth Brooks.  She was joined on air by Noel Baker - Journalist with the Irish Examiner as Garth Brooks has issued an ultimatum in response to a decision to block two of his concerts in Dublin saying he'll play five concerts or none at all.  In a statement last night, the country singer said it would be impossible to choose which shows to do - and compared the situation to being forced to choose one child over another. Clare Fianna Fail TD Timmy Dooley was also on the line as he's calling for Government to intervene in the debate.

Morning Focus Thursday 3rd June

On Thursdays Morning Focus the Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has announced his resignation from the Cabinet.  He says he doesn't want to be considered for a post in the reshuffle line-up - that is expected to be announced next week.  The 68-year-old has also announced he won't contest the next general election.  Minister Quinn says the future needs to be with new Labour people.  Marian spoke to Sean McMahon INTO President and Mullagh Principal about the implications this will have on our education system. 

Morning Focus Wednesday 2nd July

On todays Morning Focus Marian Egan was in studio for John Cooke.  Marian began the show by speaking to Marie O'Connor - Survivors of symphysiotomy Chairperson as the government announced a redress scheme for the women who underwent the surgical procedure.  However Survivors of symphysiotomy are disappointed at the Government's handling of 'this particular abuse of women in childbirth'. Marie O'Connor, Chairperson of SoS, said: 'Truth has been the main casualty. The official lie, that symphysiotomy was acceptable medical practice, continues. The draft whitewash report commissioned by the Department of  Health has now been reissued: all of its defective findings still stand, apparently'. 

Morning Focus Tuesday 1st July

On Tuesdays Morning Focus John began by speaking to Rita McCarthy a Kilrush native and a PhD student in UL.  Rita did an MA in 2011. In her research she looked at the provision of shelter and relief in Co Clare after the setting up of the Free State.  She examined the Kilrush Orphanage and also the new fostering scheme that was introduced at the time and she certainly uncovered some research which would support the fact that children were boarded out as what was referred to by one county councillor as 'little slaves' and possibly worse. A report was carried out in 1924 which she found a report on and which went into detail into the conditions children were found in these foster homes.  She feels that this fostering scheme should be part of any report that might be carried out on how mothers and children were dealt with in Ireland at that time. Rita believes that it's not just nuns that should be blamed here but the whole of society at the time.

Morning Focus Monday 30th July

On Mondays Morning Focus John began by speaking to Jim Enright Cratloe Post Office Action Group PRO as the Action Group says it's reasonably confident of retaining the village's service.   Activists met with management on Friday to discuss a review that is underway due to what the company describes as a vacant contract.  It's understood An Post isn't happy with the number of people currently using the facility in Cratloe.  A decision will be made in three weeks and PRO Jim Enright says they're quietly confident.

Morning Focus Friday 27th June

On Fridays Morning Focus Marian began by speaking to Mick Murtagh PRO of The O’Brien’s Bridge Community Group.  The residents of OBriensbridge are very disappointed and saddened by the closure of The OBriensbridge National Loop Walks.  This heritage amenity walkway is a public right of way and has been in existence since the Limerick to Killaloe Navigation as a towpath for the horse drawn barges and has in more recent years been developed into a series of loop walks by the local Community Group indeed these are one of the first loop walks that were developed in Co Clare and indeed have influenced many more of these walks by its success.  She was also joined in studio by Hugh McGrath, Area Engineer with Clare County Council.  Clare County Council has to consider if and when the risk can be reduced sufficiently to open the walkway again. A number of options are being explored by the Council, the O'Briensbridge Community group and other stakeholders to ascertain best solution available within current resources.

Morning Focus Thursday 26th June

On Thursdays Morning Focus, John began by speaking to Eric Flynn of Electrical Expert on Parnell St as Gardaí are investigating a 'smash and grab' style burglary at the shop.  A large amount of electrical goods were taken from Ennis Electrical Expert on Parnell St by at least two men, who broke into the shop just after 3 o'clock on Wednesday Morning.  At least two men got out of a vehicle, and used sledgehammers to break through the shop's door.  After gaining access to the store, they took a large quantity of valuable elec