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Morning Focus Friday 28th February

On Fridays Morning Focus; Marian Egan was sitting in for John Cooke today.  The show began with a debate on obesity solutions.  An Ennis Councillor is calling on the HSE to name the fattest town in Ireland.  Fianna Fáil's Brian Meeney says a ranking system similar to that used for Tidy Towns would help in the allocation of funding in the treatment of obesity.  Cllr Meeney says the league table is used in several other countries - and would help save money in the long run.  David McDonagh is a Qualified dietician, fitness trainer and fitness lecturer who has specialised in weight loss for over 15 years.  Motivation and weigh loss are 2 areas that David specialises in.  He doesn't think this idea will help people.  

Morning Focus Thursday 27th February

On Thursday's Morning Focus; John Cooke spoke to Bernard Purcell Editor of The Irish World in London about The Northern Ireland's First Minister Peter Robinson is threatening to resign unless there's a judicial review after the prosecution of Hyde Park bombing suspect and Kilrush man John Downey collapsed.4 soldiers died in the IRA attack in London in 1982.  The West Clare native avoided prosecution because of a letter guaranteeing him that he wasn't being sought by UK police over the attack.

Morning Focus Wednesday 26th February

On Wednesday's Morning Focus; Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh is attending a seminar created by Clare Community Forum and Irish Rural Link in association with The European Parliament called "Rural Isolation - The Solutions". 

Morning Focus Tuesday 25th February

On Tuesday’s Morning Focus; John began with a debate on the topic of the M18 motorway. 

Morning Focus Monday 24th February

On Mondays Morning Focus; John began the show by paying tribute to Josie Lucas who died in a tragic car accident yesterday.  Local Councillor Pat Hayes who was a former neighbour of Mrs Lucas spoke to John about his memories of her.  Councillor Mary Howard a current neighbour of the lady also spoke fondly of Mr. Lucas. 

Morning Focus Friday 21st February

On Fridays Morning Focus; John came to you live from the 25th Annual Tourism Conference at The Falls Hotel in Ennistymon.

Morning Focus Thursday 20th February

On Thursday Morning Focus; John spoke to Killaloe man and rugby legend Anthony Foley about his appointment as Munsters next head coach.  Listeners called, text and facebooked their good luck wishes for the Clare man.

Morning Focus Wednesday February 19th 2014

On Wednesdays Morning Focus; Next month Taoiseach Enda Kenny and 27 ministers will visit two dozen countries as part of what's been described as the biggest St. Patrick's Day ministerial exodus in years.  John Downing, Political Columnist with the Irish Independent joined John by phone to discuss the travel arrangements.

Morning Focus Tuesday February 18th

On today’s edition of Morning Focus John Cooke was joined by Michael McNamara, Labour TD from Scarriff and Declan Collison from the Shannon Protection Alliance,  Dromineer to talk about proposals to use water from Lough Derg to service the Dublin area. Irish Water has started work on a 500 million euro project to supply Dublin with water from the River Shannon.  It is seeking tenders for a Survey Specialist to examine the water quality at Lough Derg and the Parteen Basin, from where the water will be sourced. The project has been met with fierce opposition here in Clare.

Morning Focus Monday February 17th

On Morning Focus today, John Cooke was joined in studio by Ballynacally Fine Gael TD Pat Breen and Mountshannon Fianna Fail TD Timmy Dooley to discuss the damage and its cost following Storm Darwin. Following week’s of storms, that battered Clare, flooding and damage is now estimated at 36.7 million euro by Clare County Council. John asked the local government representatives about the government’s response to date, will the bills be met and will further funding be made available if needed?