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Morning Focus Wednesday December 19

On Wednesday's Morning Focus with John Cooke Clare County Council's budget for 2013 was up for discussion

Tom Coughlan, Clare County Manager, spoke with Clare FM’s Gavin Grace at yesterday’s council meeting where he outlined their budget

Morning Focus Tuesday December 18

On Tuesday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Marie Horgan, Sister of the late Sean Poland
 
It's almost ten years since Sean Poland was shot dead at his home in Blackwater, Ardnacrusha, and to date no one has been held responsible for his killing
The 39 year old Car dealer answered his door shortly before midnight on New Years eve 2002 to be confronted by a gang of robbers who shot him and left him to die in his hallway before tying up his partner and stealing money from their home

Morning Focus Monday December 17

On Monday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Tony Carroll, SIPTU Aviation Sector Organiser
Workers at Shannon Airport who have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action say they're protecting themselves against the possible failure of the government's plans
Efforts to establish Clare's international airport on an independent footing have hit a major snag with staff at Shannon Airport AND Shannon Development both voting in favour of industrial action

Morning Focus Friday December 14

On Friday's Morning Focus John Cooke was joined in studio by Chief Superintendent with the Clare Garda Division John Kerin to discuss rural station closures

Eight Garda stations across Clare are set to close in 2013 as part of budgetary measures announced by government
The closures in Clare are part of what's described as a "Programme of consolidation" which will see 100 Garda stations closed around the country
Chief Superintendent Kerin assured people that they can expect a better quality of policing despite the closures.

Morning Focus Thursday December 13

The first stage of the Social Welfare Bill was passed in the Dail last night - with the support of all government TDs
TDs and Ministers will vote later on whether to implement some of the most controversial cuts to social welfare payments announced in the budget
The Government's proposing to cut child benefit by ten euro a month - and reduce the carers' Respite Grant by 325 euro a year

Morning Focus Wednesday December 12

On Wednesday's Morning Focus Kilrush Superintendent Gerry Wall spoke with John Cooke to make an urgent appeal for information after the home of two elderly ladies was broken into over the weekend.

Morning Focus Tuesday December 11

Shannon Businesses have expressed deep frustration at what they describe as crippling water, commercial and refuse rates which is forcing many to shut their doors
A delegation of up to 30 commercial and voluntary groups addressed yesterday's December meeting of Clare County Council where they outlined that rates in Shannon currently stand at over 6 thousand euro compared to 4 thousand in Ennis

Morning Focus Tuesday December 11

Shannon Businesses have expressed deep frustration at what they describe as crippling water, commercial and refuse rates which is forcing many to shut their doors
A delegation of up to 30 commercial and voluntary groups addressed yesterday's December meeting of Clare County Council where they outlined that rates in Shannon currently stand at over 6 thousand euro compared to 4 thousand in Ennis

Morning Focus Monday December 10

On Monday's Morning Focus John Cooke spoke with Eoin Gavin in Bunratty, President of the Irish Road Hauliers - he welcomed the rebate on diesel from July 1st next that was announced in Budget 2013

From January Car Registration Plates to be 13 1 for first six months and 13 2 for second six months - those in the industry had previously said that a '13' registration number would hit car sales - John Hill of Sheils, Ennis welcomed the move.

Morning Focus Friday December 7

Garda stations in Quin, Inagh, Lahinch, Broadford, Mountshannon, Doonbeg, Kilmihil and Labasheeda are set to be among the 100 stations nationwide which will close their doors next year
It's also been announced that the current number of 4 Garda Districts in the Clare Garda Division will fall to 2