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Morning Focus Friday May 24

On Monday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined in studio by Fine Gael Deputy Pat Breen to discuss his recent trip to China where he met Xi Jingping, President of the People's Republic of China
Deputy Breen presented the newly elected President with a photograph of Xi Jingping, the calf which was named after the President when he visited the farm of James Lynch in Sixmilebridge during his visit to Clare last year.

Morning Focus Thursday May 23

On Thursday's Morning Focus Clare Government TD Joe Carey defended lobbying the Health Minister for funding to open a dementia unit despite HSE insistance that the facility wasn't required.
In March  a five year, 190 thousand euro funding package was secured for the unit in the Clarecastle Daycare Centre .
Recent Newpaper reports have claimed the HSE repeatedly insisted the money  for the project wasn't available and even if the health service was awash with funds - the unit wasn't required due to a similar service in Ennis.

Morning Focus Wednesday May 22

The Board of Shannon Airport Authority yesterday announced the appointment of Neil Pakey- former boss at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport, as the company’s new CEO
Neil Pakey has over 30 years experience in the aviation industry, a strong track record in delivering airport passenger and revenue growth
The Scot takes up the role on a three year term from next month
He will also become CEO of the new Shannon entity which will be formed following the merger of Shannon Airport with a restructured Shannon Development

Morning Focus Tuesday May 21

The Data Protection Commissioner has said that Mick Wallace lodged a complaint with his office about the disclosure of information received by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter yesterday
Independent Deputy Wallace asked Billy Hawkes to investigate what he considers to have been an improper disclosure.

On Tuesday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Irish Independent Political Correspondent Fiach Kelly to get the latest.

Morning Focus Monday May 20

On Monday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined in studio by Emlyn Heaps, Managing Director of Harbour Flights Ireland in Mountshannon to discuss whether the Mountshannon air show can go ahead this year now that two eaglets are have been born on Bushy island

Dr Allan Mee of the Golden Eagles Trust spoke about the eagles and the importance of this conservation project,
Whitegate Councillor Pat Burke spoke about the reaction to the birds locally and plans to market them for tourism gain. 

Morning Focus Friday May 17

The results of a postmortum on the body of a Polish man who died after a hit and run in Ennis is expected to determine the direction of the Garda investigation
The father of one, named locally as Thomas Nowakowski - died just 100 metres from his home in Tobartascain on Wednesday night

On Friday's Morning Focus Clare FM's Deputy News Editor Trudy Waters joined John Cooke in studio with the latest from the Garda investigation

Morning Focus Thursday May 16

On Thursday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Anne Rynne from Miltown Malbay

Morning Focus Wednesday May 15

The government's new framework document for Ireland's health service promises a substantial growth in activity in smaller hospitals like Ennis General.
Health Minister James Reilly says the grouping of hospitals in six areas, with Ennis General in the MidWest, secures the future of smaller institutions and will allow for the exchange of services, and the provision of safe and appropriate care.

Morning Focus Tuesday May 14

On Tuesday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined in studio by Flan Garvey, former Mayor of Clare and Chairman Tralee IT to discuss plagarism investigations on his Masters thesis.

Morning Focus Monday May 13

On Monday's Morning Focus with John Cooke we heard highlights of Clare FM's coverage of Sunday's National Famine Commemoration event in Kilrush

The ceremoney has been described as a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in Clare and Ireland