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Morning Focus Friday December 6

The former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95
The South African President, Jacob Zuma confirmed the news at a press conference last night
He said he passed away at his home in Johannesburg - at ten to nine local time tonight - surrounded by family and friends

On Friday's Morning Focus with John Cooke we heard many world leaders pay tribute to the icon of peace and conciliation

Morning Focus Thursday December 5

Davy Fitzgerald joined John Cooke in studio on Thursday's Morning Focus

Morning Focus Wednesday December 4

Yesterday 11 people have been arrested in Kilrush today as part of a major Garda operation into illegal money lending
The five men and 6 women were being questioned at Garda Stations throughout Counties Clare, Limerick and Galway
"Operation Payday" involved over 100 Gardai supported by the Criminal Assets Bureau, the Department of Social Protection and several other agencies, following complaints received about unlicensed money lending in Kilrush

Morning Focus Tuesday December 3

On Tuesday's Morning Focus John Cooke discussed the possibility of new 'green' levies for tyres and cars with Director General of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry Alan Nolan

Morning Focus Monday December 2

Shannon Representatives say they are very concerned after the destruction of a quantity of unstable chemicals from a plant in the town
Gardai, the Clare Fire Service and the Army Bomb Disposal Team were all involved in the pre-planned exercise which took place early yesterday morning, and saw the substances removed from a facility in the Smithstown Industrial Estate, after the from involved had sought assistance
The chemicals were then transferred to a quarry in Bunratty where they were disposed of

Morning Focus Friday November 29

Yesterday Ennis failed in it's bid to be named as Ireland's best tourism town
The award has been running for two years, and 2013 was the second occasion in which Ennis had reached the final shortlist
However, it's been pipped to the post by Kilkenny, while Mulranny in Co. Mayo won the award for small towns

Morning Focus Thursday November 28

A North Clarewoman, one of hundreds who underwented symphysiotomies, has vowed to contine to fight for justice for her and for those who are no longer able to do so

On Thursday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Ellen Moore who also criticised the Health Minister, even though James Reilly has has made moves this week to find appropriate redress for Survivors of Symphysiotomy

Morning Focus Wednesday November 27

It's claimed the economic situation is forcing more and more families into homelessness
Focus Ireland is holding its annual conference today - and says it's seen an 18 per cent increa