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Morning Focus Thursday February 7

Emergency legislation to liquidate the former Anglo Irish Bank was rushed through the Dail overnight - ahead of an expected announcement on bank debt deal for Ireland today
The Finance Minister's admitted he nearly had to move several times in recent months to liquidate the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation
Michael Noonan says he was forced into liquidating the zombie bank in a dramatic late night Dáil sitting because he wasn't able to deny media reports that this was what he intended to do

Morning Focus Wednesday February 6

The report on the treatment of women in the Magdalene laundries was published yesterday

Representatives of the survivors of Magdalene laundries and their families say Enda Kenny's statement in the Dáil yesterday does not go far enough
The Justice for Magdalene group says it wants an apology from the religious orders, but a full apology from the State would be the most meaningful

On Wednesday's Morning Focus John Cooke discussed this with political correspondent with the Irish Examiner Mary Regan

Morning Focus Tuesday February 5

The town of Ennis has been given a boost with the awarding of a Purple Flag, recognising the excellence of the night time economy of Clare's largest urban area.
Ennis is the first Irish Town to win the benchmark for good evening and night-time destinations, while Dublin city also received the prestigious accolade which is enjoyed by many UK cities.

Morning Focus Monday February 4

An investigation's underway into the source of the oil spillage on the N 18 which caused traffic chaos for thousands of motorists on Friday and Saturday
It's reported the final clean up bill for the spill which resulted in the closure of a section of the Limerick to Ennis road could run into tens of thousands of euro

On Monday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined in studio by Trudy Waters, Deputy News Editor, who explained the specifics of what occurred on Friday afternoon on the N18.

Morning Focus Monday February 4

An investigation's underway into the source of the oil spillage on the N 18 which caused traffic chaos for thousands of motorists on Friday and Saturday
It's reported the final clean up bill for the spill which resulted in the closure of a section of the Limerick to Ennis road could run into tens of thousands of euro

On Monday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined in studio by Trudy Waters, Deputy News Editor, who explained the specifics of what occurred on Friday afternoon on the N18.

Morning Focus Friday February 1

Septic Tank registration deadline is today!

Morning Focus Thursday January 31

8 Clare Garda stations are among 95 stations nationwide which will close their doors today as part of budget cutbacks
The Clare Garda stations are Quin, Inagh, Broadford, Mountshannon, Doonbeg, Kilmihil, Lahinch and Labasheeda
It's also been announced that the current number of four Garda Districts in the Clare Garda Division will fall to two

Morning Focus Wednesday January 30

On Wednesday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined in studio by Kevin Thompstone- the New President of Shannon Chamber of Commerce 

Morning Focus Tuesday January 29

Investigations into Detective Garda Adrian Donohue’s murder are ongoing
Justice Alan Shatter described the killing as was an attack on the entire Garda force and he said good progress is being made in the investigation

On Tuesday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Tom Brady, Security Editor of The Irish Independent about how the investigation is progressing.

Detective Donohue was the first Garda to be murdered in the line of duty since Detective Jerry McCabe who was gunned down in Adare, Limerick in 1996

Morning Focus Monday January 28

The Gathering has been officially launched in Clare with plans for at least 150 events so far this year as part of the major national tourism drive
Thousands of people visited the Clare Gathering Expo in Ennis yesterday, where up to 100 festivals, reunions and even world record breaking bids were on display, and the Solas an Chlair flame was lit to symbolise the welcome on offer to all visitors coming to Clare in 2013