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Morning Focus Tuesday July 9

Clare's local political representatives have made a last minute appeal for a referendum on controversial abortion legislation
The Dail is expected to pass the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill tomorrow night (wed) but Clare County Council passed a motion last evening, calling on the government to put the issue to the people in a vote

On Tuesday's Morning Focus with John Cooke we heard from Fianna Fail's Bill Chambers of Cooraclare, Pat Burke from Whitegate of Fine Gael and Patricia McCarthy, Shannon Independent.

Morning Focus Monday July 8

On Monday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Manuel DiLucia Junior of Kilkee Marine Rescue who was at the scene of an incident in Kilkee yesterday 

Morning Focus Friday July 5

On Friday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Fianna Fail Deputy Timmy Dooley and Fine Gael Senator Martin Conway about the progression of the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill.

Morning Focus Thursday July 4- Live from Shannon Airport

Thursday's Morning Focus came live from Shannon Airport to celebrate their independence on Independence Day.

John Cooke was joined by Shannon's new CEO Neil Pakey for a chat about the airport's future.

Morning Focus Wednesday July 3

Last evening the Dail passed the first vote on Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill by 138 to 24 with four defections in Fine Gael
On Wednesday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Sinead O’Carroll, Reporter with The Journal.ie 
The Committee stage of the abortion legislation will continue today, with the contentious suicide clause to be discussed
After the Government won the first vote in the Dáil last night it went straight into committee

Morning Focus Tuesday July 2

Shannon Gardai are investigating what's believed to have been an organised fight at a graveyard in Cratloe
Up to 30 men had converged at Craughan Cemetery on Sunday night, before Gardai from Ennis and Shannon were called to the scene, and a number of arrests were made.

On Tuesday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Sixmilebridge Independent Councillor PJ Ryan
Local residents contacted PJ when they noticed a large Garda presence Sunday night in Craughan Cemetery and he expressed their shock and concern at this incident.

Morning Focus Monday July 1

Health insurance providers are preparing to offer a range of more basic plans for a reduced price in a bid to stem the flow of people giving up medical cover
But consumers are being warned the cut-price health plans will come at a cost in terms of the number of hospitals covered and also some procedures will also require extra payment from the patient

On Monday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Dermot Goode of www.healthinsurancesavings.ie who gave a run down of what these concealed differences are.

Morning Focus Friday June 28

Higher penalty points, new drug tests and stricter guidelines for newly-qualified drivers look to be on the way

On Friday's Morning Focus Marian Egan got the details of the Road Traffic Bill 2013 - launched yesterday by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar- from Darragh Brophy from The Journal.ie

Morning Focus Thursday June 27

On Thursday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Joe Carey TD of Fine Gael about the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill resumed
He also asked him to comment on the reversal of cuts to Special Education resources.

Morning Focus Wednesday June 26

On Wednesday's Morning Focus with John Cooke the new Mayors of the towns of Shannon and Ennis gave their reaction to becoming their respective town's first Citizens after some political argument last night