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Morning Focus - Tuesday April 29th

On Tuesday’s edition of Morning Focus John Cooke spoke to Ciara Meehan, who we met on yesterday’s show. The council have issued a statement to Clare FM in relation to Ciara’s housing situation.  In this the say the issue of homelessness has not come about.  Patricia McCarthy from Property & Relocation Services in Newmarket-on-Fergus also joined the show to discuss Ciara’s situation. Ciara's rent allowance limit is €500 per month. the current market rent for a two bed apartment in Ennis at the moment.

Morning Focus Monday 28th April

On Mondays Morning Focus John began by speaking to Ciara Meehan.  Ciara had been in rented accommodation until six weeks ago with her partner and her four children.  The landlady has been forced to put the house up for sale.  Ciara's been on the housing list for 10 years. The family had moved in with her partner's sister but her husband is very unwell and it didn't work out. They're now in a two bedroom apartment with her partner's mother.

Morning Focus Thursday 24th April 2014

On Thursdays Morning Focus; John was joined in studio by Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin. He is canvassing in Clare today.  He says this campaign is different to the last local and general elections.

Morning Focus Wednesday 23rd April 2014

On Wednesdays Morning Focus; 850 delegates will represent 32-thousand primary school teachers in the Republic and 6-thousand in the North at the second day of the INTO conference in Kilkenny.  Issues including class sizes, cuts to funding and IT resources are on the agenda.  John spoke to Sean McMahon, INTO Vice President and Mullagh National School Principal about how he feels about the issues and leading the Irish National Teachers Organisation for the year ahead. 

Morning Focus Tuesday 22nd April 2014

On Tuesdays Morning Focus The Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform and Labour TD, Brendan Howlin, will be in Clare today to undertake a number of local engagements.  At 2.30, he will launch the commencement of a €5.2m pier project at Doolin, before signing the official contract at the Council's Area Office in Ennistymon.  John spoke to Mattie Shannon of Doolin Coast Guard and Bill O'Brien of O'Brien Line the Doolin Ferry Company about what this means for the local area. 

Morning Focus Friday 18th April

On Fridays Morning Focus John began by speaking to a listener that got in touch.  Ellen Moore from Ballyvaughan called to tell John about her daughter Irene. Irene spent 24 hours on a trolley at University Hospital Limerick. She has serious heart issues. She was put into a regular ward without a heart monitor and was left in pain for 48 hours. She couldn't get into coronary care as it was full. Irene had surgery on Monday a fortnight after another surgery.  Ellen says she was seriously worried for her daughter’s life.  Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara also spoke to John about the number of people on trolleys in the A&E department in Limerick   INMO figures for the first three months of the year show an 18% increase in the number of people on trolleys in the hospital's emergency department, and nurses say overcrowding is now a constant issue.  38 patients were on trolleys on Tuesday, 22 patients on trolleys on Wednesday and 16 people were on trolleys at the region's main hospital on Thursday. 

Morning Focus Thursday 17th April

On Thursdays Morning Focus John began by discuss The five-year Fire And Emergency Operations Plan for Clare.  The document was adopted by Clare County Council earlier this week; a move which fire personnel say threatens their safety, and that of the public.  Clare fire fighters have expressed grave concerns, with some even expressing their frustrations through social media.  In a statement to Clare FM, the SIPTU trade union claims the new plan means there will be 4 crew on a fire appliance, rather than 6 which they say is best practice nationally and locally.  John began was joined by Adrian Kelly, Clare’s Chief Fire Officer and Michael Wall, SIPTU Sector Organiser - Local Authority Sector to chat about the current situation.   David woods an Ennis fire fighter has been in the fire service since 2006.  He says fire fighters in Clare are upset over these new rules. 

Morning Focus Wednesday 16th March

On Wednesdays Morning Focus; John spoke to Clare local Oireacthas members following on from concerns raised on yesterdays show in relation to trolley figures at Limericks A&E department.  Timmy Dooley, Clare Fianna Fail TD and Martin Conway, Clare Fine Gael Senator spoke to John about the figures and what can be done to improve things going forward.  Nursing staff at University Hospital Limerick say the opening of a new unit there has failed to address issues with overcrowding.

Morning Focus Tuesday 15th April

On Tuesdays Morning Focus; John began the show by discussing the current situation University Hospital Limerick. 

Morning Focus Monday 14th April

On Mondays Morning Focus John Cook asks the question is it ok to take your children out of school to avail of cheaper holidays?  Sean McMahon, INTO Vice President and Mullagh NS Principal and Robert Bennett, Ennis parent and former member of the National Parents Council joined John by phone for the debate.  Over three quarters of parents believe a cap should be introduced to prevent airlines and holiday operators raising prices during school holidays.  A study by AA Travel Insurance says just under a third of parents admit to taking children out of school during class time, to avoid paying peak holiday prices.  Some parents stated that work commitments and child care led them to travel during term time, but the majority said it was down to cost.  77 per cent of those polled said they'd like to see a cap introduced on the amount that airlines and holiday operators can raise their prices during the school holidays.  The Education Minister says he can understand why parents take their children out of school to go on holidays. Ruairi Quinn says while children and parents need holidays, they have to look at the impact that will have on their education.