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Morning Focus Monday 11th August

On Mondays Morning Focus John began by speaking to Cathy Mannion - Director of the CER's Energy Water division.   The Commission for Energy Regulation announced the allocation was to be 21 thousand litres per year for each child.  Last May, the Department of the Environment had said each child's allocation would be 38 thousand litres.  Cathy went through the pricing with John and also answered some listener's questions.  Cathy will be making another appearance on the show this moth to answer more queries.  

Morning Focus Friday 8th August

On Today's Morning Focus the show came live from Lahinch as we bring Morning Focus out and about for the Summer.  John began the show by taking a look back on how things are following on from the storms that played havoc with Clare's coastline earlier this year.  John was joined by Antoine O'Looney of O'Looney's Bar, Cliondhna Fawl, Chairperson West Coast surf club and Lahinch Surf Shop and Randy Lewis, owner of Randaddy's café and restaurant.  Front page photographs of storms battering Lahinch's shore's this winter are reported to have attracted tourists this summer.  John spoke to all 3 businesses to find out how they are finding the summer season so far and how they are recovering from the storms earlier this year. 

Morning Focus Thursday 7th August

On today's Morning Focus John began the show by speaking to Isobel O'Dea - Clare County Coroner and asked the question Will new death certificates leaving out the cause of death, ease the distress of bereaved families, or set back the awareness campaign around suicide prevention?  Death certificates which omit the cause of death are to be introduced by the Government to limit the suffering of families who have lost loved ones to suicide.  Tanaiste Joan Burton has confirmed that she will bring in new regulations to allow a "short form" death certificate to be used, which won't include how the person lost their lives. Ms Burton has said she is "very much aware" of the distress caused to families of those who died in tragic circumstances and the impact of having the cause of death on the certificate.

Morning Focus Tuesday 5th August

On Tuesdays Morning Focus John began by speaking to Mary Fogarty INMO Industrial Relations Officer as the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says it is very concerned about a spike in the numbers of people on Trolleys at University Hospital Limerick in July.  According to the organisation's own figures 475 people were on the temporary beds in the accident and Emergency Department at Dooradoyle and in wards above capacity last month. That's up 215 on July of 2013 and follows May and June in which numbers appeared to be on the decline.  Mary told John they are very worried about safety at the hospital.

Morning Focus Friday 1st August

On Fridays Morning Focus Marian Egan presented the show live from Kilkee.  As part of our Summer outside broadcasts Morning Focus is trying to revist those areas that were worst hit by the storms earlier this year.  It’s been 6 months to the day since Kilkee was hit.

Morning Focus Thursday 31st July

On Thursdays Morning Focus John began by speaking to Martin Conway Seanad Fine Gael Spokesman on Justice.  The Seanad is being recalled from its summer break today to discuss the conflict in Gaza.  Also - this week's publication of the Review of Dept of Justice and equality.  Brian Purcell the secretary general of the department of Justice and Equality has stepped aside to another role following damming report which described a "closed, secretive and silo-driven culture".

Morning Focus Monday 28th July

On Mondays Morning Focus John began by chatting to Fr Tom Ryan - Shannon Parish Priest.  Fr Tom says there is a demand for a crematorium in Clare however Clare County Councillors gave it the thumbs down on Friday the 18th July.  John spoke to Fr. Ryan about his experiences with families and how is there is need for a choice in this county.  John also gave the results of an online poll by Clare FM which shows that of the people that took part the majority would like to see a crematorium in this county. 

Morning Focus Friday 25th July

On Fridays Morning Focus John began by speaking to Timmy Dooley - Clare Fianna Fail TD and Pat Breen - Clare Fine Gael TD  It's over six months since the last of the severe weather hit the county and the county council has yet to learn if their request for a second round of money has been granted.  It follows a letter from office of Public works to Clohaninchy Action Group to say new coastal defences there are not in the government's plans.  John spoke to both TD's about where the needed money stands now.&