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Morning Focus Friday October 12

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP) has contacted the individual members of the Troika urging them to reconsider the sustainability of the path which Ireland is on in trying to meet the terms the Troika has set out for the Irish government
The Society, the largest charity of social concern and action in Ireland, told the Troika that the means being used to tackle the budget deficit will worsen Ireland’s ability to recover from the economic crisis, as well as causing severe damage to the individuals and families it assists

Morning Focus Thursday October 11

A Kilrush woman has become the first person from County Clare to swim the English Channel.
38 year old Fionnuala Walsh arrived in France late yesterday, having completed the Cross Channel Swim from Dover in a time of 15 hours and 26 minutes.
In fulfilling her lifetime ambition to swim the channel, the Kilrush woman has become the 15th Irish woman to achieve a feat that's often described as the Everest of Open Water Swimming, and also raised funds for Pieta House and Muscular Dystrophy Ireland.

Morning Focus - Wednesday October 10th

On today’s Morning Focus Lahinch Councillor Bill Slattery and Tubber Councillor
Michael Kelly spoke to Clare FM’s John Cooke about the issue of signage throughout the county. Do you know the way to Ruan, Tubber, Kinvara or Spancillhill? Good if you do, but local councillors have voiced concerns that a lack of signage along the M18 means visitors to the county or those on business can’t find some of our best known villages. It’s the latest in a long list of complaints about NRA signage from omissions to bad spelling.

Morning Focus - Tuesday October 9th 2012

On today’s Morning Focus John Cooke spoke to Clare farming representatives about the IFA Day of Action which, takes place today in Dublin. Andrew Dundass is the Chairman of Clare IFA and he spoke to the show while en route to the protest, as did IFA member Michael Lynch. Up to 10-thousand people are expected to march on the Dail later - in protest at European proposals which could see Ireland's CAP allocation slashed by as much as 30 percent.

Morning Focus - Monday October 8th 2012

On today’s edition of Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara and Independent Councillor James Breen. Deputy McNamara has welcomed the commitment given by Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan T.D that he will contact Returning Officers next week in order to encourage the recruitment of polling clerks from the Live Register for the November 10th referendum.

Morning Focus Friday Oct 5

The current Junior Certificate Examination process is to be phased out over the next eight years
It will be replaced with continuous assessments and a test carried out by individual schools - rather than a State exam
The radical shake-up of the system - announced by the Education Minister Ruairí Quinn this afternoon - was drawn up by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Minister Quinn says the introduction of the new junior cycle programme will begin in September 2014

Morning Focus Thursday October 4

United Airlines has pledged its commitment to expanding its services at Shannon Airport with the announcement of a new Chicago service
Non stop daily flights from Shannon to Chicago will commence in June 2013 and operate on a seasonal basis until the end of August in what's being welcomed as a significant development of transatlantic services from Ireland's Mid-West
As plans progress for a new independent management structure at Shannon, the Transport Minister Leo Varadkar says the news from United is a real vote of confidence

Morning Focus Wednesday October 3

It is just three weeks to the day until the digital switchover- Ireland’s old analogue TV network is switching off on Wednesday, 24th October

On wednesday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Saorivew Digital Reception Manager Brian Geraghty 

Morning Focus Tuesday October 2

Clare's Government TDS and Senators failed to appear before a special meeting in Ennis yesterday afternoon to explain while funding of a quarter of a million euro has been cut from Clare County Council
The Mayor of Clare had invited all Oireacthas members to today's meeting to question why frontline services may be cut even though the county has achieved compliance levels for the household charge
However Fianna Fail's Timmy Dooley is the only TD present after the other government representatives sent apologies

Morning Focus Monday October 1

A cut of €40 a month to child benefit payments for middle and high-income families is being looked at by the Government
But ministers appear to be cool on the idea of a lower rate of benefit, which was proposed by a group working for Social Welfare Minister Joan Burton
The internal advisory group in the Department of Social Welfare recommended a two-tiered system, with a flat rate of €100 a month for everybody and a top up payment for low-income families