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Morning Focus Tuesday November

Minister for Health James Reilly is due to bring the expert group on abortion report to Cabinet for consideration this morning
Yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny ruled out a free vote for Fine Gael TDs in the Dáil on the issue of abortion
The report is expected to be published after the meeting
The Dáil is to debate a motion from the Technical Group on abortion this week

On Tuesday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined by Deputy Timmy Dooley of Fianna Fail and Senator Martin Conway of Fine Gael to discuss the report.

Morning Focus Monday November 26

Businesses and residents in Broadford and the surrounding area have been granted a meeting with An Post this Friday - the Broadford Action Committee hope to restore postal services to the East Clare area
Around 150 people gathered for a public meeting in the village on Thursday night last to formulate a plan of action after the local post office closed its doors without warning a fortnight ago - with customers now having to travel to Tulla

Morning Focus Friday November 23- 50 Cent Appeal Coffee Morning in Killaloe

Friday's Morning Focus came live from Wood Brothers Cafe and Bistro in Killaloe, our host for Morning Focus' coffee morning in aid of Clare FM's 50 Cent Appeal.

John Cooke was joined for a chat by representatives of the four local charities we are collecting for;
John O’Reilly, a retired Garda Inspector from Killaloe volunteers with Rape Crisis Midwest, Majella Fagan of the Irish Wheelchair Association, Deirdre Mowat of Kincora Kids Community Childcare and Carmel O'Brien of Kilmaley Daycare Centre.

Morning Focus Thursday November 22

Ennis Town Councillor Johnny Flynn is calling for the council to seek legal advice into the constitutionality of the abolition of Ennis Town Council under article 28A 
He spoke with John Cooke on Thursday's Morning Focus and said he does not claim expenses as a town councillor and that he thinks many people would still serve town council if there were no expenses.

Morning Focus Wednesday November 21

On Wednesday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Clare Federation of People with Special Needs Chairperson Kathryn O’Shea. 

Morning Focus Tuesday November 20

On Tuesday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Ballynacally native Geraldine Kelly,  Chairperson fo MicroFinance Ireland - a new lending organisation, set up by the Department of Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation, to finance small businesses which are finding it difficult to obtain credit
It’s hoped the venture will support thousands of jobs over the next decade.

Morning Focus Monday 19th November 2012

On today’s Morning Focus John Cooke featured a special report on employment and industry in Shannon. On Friday - the Finance Minister Michael Noonan said he expects up to 12 hundred new jobs to be created in Co. Clare in the next year with the announcement of new management structures for Shannon airport and its surrounding industrial estates. Minister Noonan was speaking at the launch of WIPRO, a new financial support company which has taken on 180 staff formerly employed by the Lloyds Banking Group in East Park Shannon.

Morning Focus Friday November 16th2012

On today’s Morning Focus John Cooke was joined by Independent Shannon Councillor Patricia McCarthy,Ruan Fine Gael Councillor, Joe Arkins and Kilrush Fianna Fail Councillor, PJ Kelly to discuss Minister Phil Hogan’s plans regarding electoral area boundaries. The future Clare County Council looks set for a major shake-up after the Environment Minister announced terms for the new local electoral area Boundary Committee.

Morning Focus Thursday 15th November 2012

On today’s edition of Morning Focus John Cooke discussed how the Social Protection Minister's confirmed the free travel scheme for pensioners is, like all expenditure, being looked at for budget cuts. More than 1.1 million people avail of the perk - either directly or through a 'companion pass'. Minister Joan Burton says rooting out fraud from the scheme could be one place to start - with nearly 50 passes seized in the last month alone.

Morning Focus Wednesday November 14

On Wednesday's Morning Focus Brid, a listener from Ennis, contacted the programme and spoke with John Cooke about her experience of delays with third level grant applications for her daughter.