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Morning Focus Wednesday July 31

This Thursday August 1st is the deadline for student grant applications for this coming academic year

On Wednesday's Morning Focus Gavin Grace spoke with Cat O’Driscoll of the Students Union of Ireland who had  advice for students and parents filling out applications

SUSI helpline 0761 087874 or see

Morning Focus Tuesday July 30

It's claimed that nearly a third of all cigarettes smoked in Clare are counterfeit tobacco

Morning Focus Monday July 29

The number of elderly people suffering abuse has seen a rise of 7 per cent in the last year
The Health Service Executive has published a review of the Elder Abuse Services for 2012 which shows that psychological abuse remains the number one form of mistreatment towards older people at 36 per cent, while financial abuse follows at 25 per cent

Morning Focus Friday July 26

On Friday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined by guests who have concerned that hedges and verges on rural roads getting out of control and that this is creating hostile driving conditions, particularly in East Clare.

Bodyke Councillor Joe Cooney says it is excessively dangerous for motorists, particularly hauliers and bas drivers, as visibility is affected greatly by these
He said he would like some clarification on who has responsibility for the maintainance of roadside hedges

Morning Focus Thursday July 25

Joining Clare FM’s John Cooke on today’s edition of Morning Focus was Phil Prendergast, MEP
for Ireland South. The MEP is the organiser of a Healthcare Conference titled “Building a Health Service for 21st Century Ireland”, which is taking place this evening at 7.30pm in Pery's Best Western Hotel, Limerick city.

Morning Focus Wednesday July 24

Bord na Mona says it's ready to lodge planning permission for the reservoir, which would store water in County Laois for the Eastern region and extract water from Lough Derg, and that the project is being discussed at Cabinet level
However, the development has been met with stiff opposition from local representatives here in Clare, who want it not to be given the green light

On Wedensday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Colm O’Gogain of the Water Project at Bord na Mona to get the details of what they are proposing.

Morning Focus Tuesday July 23

Gardai are investigating a fatal stabbing in Ennis overnight
The alarm was raised at around 1 o'clock this morning when the 31 year old victim - believed to a Polish national was stabbed in the Sandfield Mews estate - which is located opposite Ennis General Hospital
He was rushed to Shannon Airport - so he could be airlifted to Cork University Hospital for emergency surgery but died on route - A postmortum is due to be carried out in Limerick later today

Morning Focus Monday July 22

The government launched Pathways to Work 2013, the 50-point action plan to fight long-term unemployment last Thursday
The plan will build on the progress made over the past year by the Government to tackle the unemployment challenge

On Monday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Social Protection Minister Joan Burton about the plan.

Morning Focus Friday July 19

Over 500 students are still awaiting the payments of their student grants from last year
The Tanaiste says most of the delays in payments from SUSI is because students haven't yet sent in their payment details

On Friday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Joe O’Connor, President of the Students’ Union of Ireland, to get his reaction.

Morning Focus Thursday July 18

On Thursday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Ailish - a visitor from Dublin - following an upsetting experience at Clahane beach near Liscannor