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Morning Focus Wednesday March 27

On Wednesday's Morning Focus Marian Egan spoke with Jan O'Sullivan, Minister of State for Housing and Planning about the issue of property tax and unfinished housing estates in the county 

Clare County Council has 63 unfinished Housing Estates according to the Department of the Environment.

Morning Focus Tuesday March 26

On Tuesday's Morning Focus the issue of property tax and how it pertains to unfinished housing estates was discussed

Presenter Marian Egan spoke with representatives Tom McNamara in Kilmaley, Joe Arkins in Ruan and Cathal Crowe in Meelick 

Morning Focus Monday March 25

On Monday's Morning Focus Marian Egan spoke with Caroline Clifford, Industrial Officer with Mandate trade union and Dunnes Stores staff representative for Clare, Limerick, Kerry & North Tipperary

Morning Focus - Friday March 22nd

On today’s edition of Morning Focus John Cooke was joined in studio by Ger Dollard, Director of Services with Clare County Council to discuss the local property tax. Residents in just four unfinished housing estates in Clare are to be exempt from the Local Property Tax. Overall home-owners in 421 unfinished developments across Ireland will not be liable to pay the levy with Environment Minister Phil Hogan saying it's only right and proper that these people are exempt.

Morning Focus - Thursday March 21st

On Morning Focus today John Cooke spoke with Michael Gallagher - father of Aidan who died in the Omagh Bomb in 1998.  They discussed the long quest for justice following the news that two republicans have been found liable for the Omagh bombing, following a landmark civil action taken by the relatives of some of the victims. The second trial of Colm Murphy from Co. Louth and Seamus Daly of Co. Monaghan delivered the same outcome in the same court - ruling the men were responsible for the 1998 Real IRA atrocity.

Morning Focus Wednesday March 20th

Joining Clare FM’s John Cooke on today’s Morning Focus was Michele Burke from Killaloe, who spoke of how she and her husband, who have been spending almost €1,400 a month on rent and a mortgage for more than four years, remain "locked out" of a fully completed four-bedroom house in a ghost estate. Michelle and William Buck (both 33), are renting a house in Ballina, Killaloe, despite buying a house at Ard na Deirge, Killaloe, on September 7, 2006.

Morning Focus Tuesday March 19th

On today’s Morning Focus, Senator and Businessman Feargal Quinn joined Clare FM’s John Cooke to talk about his new book Mind Your Own Business. Senator Quinn firmly believes every business has the potential to survive, and even thrive, during a recession. In his new book, Mind Your Own Business, he uses real-life examples from his hit RTE television programme, Feargal Quinn's Retail Therapy, as well as valuable experiences gained in his fifty-year career in business, to explain exactly how to do it.

Morning Focus Friday March 15th

On today’s Morning Focus John Cooke was joined by Tubber jockey Derek O’Connor.  Derek just missed out on Cheltenham success in a photo finish in the 4.40 Kim Muir yesterday - losing out to Same Difference.

Morning Focus Thursday March 14th

On today’s Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent with The Irish Times, in Rome, as the Catholic world woke up this morning to a new leader. 76-year-old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was last night elected by the Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel. The Cardinal of Buenos Aires in Argentina Jorge Bergoglio will now be known as Pope Francis the first. The new Pope will become the first non-European to lead the Catholic Church in more than 1,000 years.

Morning Focus Wednesday March 13th

On today’s Morning Focus John Cooke was joined by local councillors ahead of their travels to the USA for St. Patrick’s Day. Ennis Green Party Councillor Brian Meaney and Mayor of Kilrush and Independent Councillor Mairead O’Brien discussed their plans and who they hope to meet while in the states.  They spoke of the importance of promoting Co. Clare to potential tourists and business interests. The Mayor of Clare meanwhile, says he feels money spent on