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Morning Focus Monday 31st March

On Mondays Morning Focus; Shirley McEntee is an Ambulance Controller for the Mid West Region and a Whistleblower. She is currently working in an ambulance control room and is concerned about the ongoing and repeated failures in the national service.  Shirley appeared on a primetime show last week to voice her concerns.  She spoke to Marian about her fears for patient safety.

Morning Focus Friday 28th March

On Fridays Morning Focus; Marian began by speaking to Ennis based solicitor William Cahir about the tapping of phone calls in Garda stations will impact legal cases.  It comes as a solicitor is to seek a review of John Dundon's conviction for murdering Limerick rugby player Shane Geoghegan, in light of revelations that gardaí were recording phone calls in and out of garda stations.  Solicitor John Devane is seeking reviews of a number of rape and murder convictions.  John Devane says, arising out of the taping scandal, he believes reviews are needed in a number of high profile Limerick cases, including Mr Dundon's.

Morning Focus Thursday 27th March

On Thursdays Morning Focus Marian began by discussing the latest developments in the "Gardagate" situation.  She was joined by Pat Breen Clare Fine Gael TD and Richard Boyd Barrett People before Profit/United Left Alliance TD for Dun Laoghaire.  Alan Shatter yesterday apologised to the Garda whistleblowers and withdrew statements that Maurice McCabe and John Wilson didn't co-operate with internal inquiries into the penalty point's scandal.  His apology appears to have secured the support of the Labour Party - with Minister Brendan Howlin saying he has the "full confidence of every member of Government".  It's thought the Justice Minister will now survive the immediate consequences of the taping controversy at a number of Garda stations. Marian discussed the issue with both TD's. 

Morning Focus Wednesday 26th March

On Wednesdays Morning Focus; Marian began by speaking to Fiach Kelly Irish Times Political Correspondent about the revelations of secret recording of phone calls in Garda stations and fears that it could throw hundreds of criminal convictions into question.  The Government says that threat was behind its decision to establish a commission of inquiry into the practice - which has seen over 2-thousand-500 tapes come to light.  Justice Minister Alan Shatter will face intense scrutiny when he takes to his feet in the Dáil this morning.  He's due to discuss the fallout from the Garda Inspectorate report into the penalty point's scandal - as well as the phone call revelations which date back as far as the 1980s. Marian was also joined by Timmy Dooley, Clare Fianna Fáil TD and Martin Conway Clare Fine Gael Senator to get their views on the situation. 

Morning Focus Tuesday 25th March

On Today's Morning Focus, Marian spoke to Margaretta D'Arcy, Anti-War protestor.  Margaretta D'Arcy was released from Mountjoy prison on Saturday - three weeks earlier than expected.  The 79 year old was jailed for three months on January 15th, over her refusal to sign a bond to stay out of unauthorised areas of Shannon Airport.  Marian spoke to Margaretta about her experience in prison and her thoughts about protesting in the future. 

Morning Focus Monday 24th March

On today's Morning Focus, Marian kicked off the show by speaking to Orla Hannon, Chairperson of Down Syndrome Ireland.  Orla hails from Sixmilebridge and at 27 Orla is a very young and inspirational leader. She represented Ireland in the European Parliament, in Brussels for World Down Syndrome Day last Friday.  Orla wowed MEPs by giving a 10 minute power point presentation, in the European Parliament, highlighting the need to create employment opportunities so that adults with Down Syndrome can take their place in society.

Morning Focus Friday 21st March

On today's Morning Focus, Marian spoke to Hillary Gough from Ballycar where flooding is still effecting people.  Hillary's house is dry however she can't make it to her home in a car.  The family currently have to cross fields and climb ditches to reach their home.  Hillary has 5 children in primary and 4 in secondary.  They have to bring all their shopping in by foot.  They have been in this situation since the first week in February. 

Morning Focus Thursday 20th March

On today's Morning Focus, Marian spoke to Professor Cathal O'Donoghue, Teagasc head of rural economy and development and Brian Morrissey from The Burren Lowlands Group, about a recent study which found that, Gort, has been the hardest hit town by the recession.  It fell from the top 10 per cent in 2002 to the bottom 10 per cent in 2011.  The Burren Lowlands Group was formed in Jan 2014.  The local group are trying to turn this trend around. 

Morning Focus Wednesday 19th March

On Today's Morning Focus; Marian began by speaking to Councillor Richard Nagle from Ennistymon and business man Ross Quinn of Vasco Dine Wine Deli & Eco Adventure about the issue of signage.  Ross has put forward a petition concerning road signage which claims Clare County Council is unfairly favouring Council-run tourist attractions in the area, to the detriment of competing private businesses. 

Morning Focus Tuesday 18th March

On Today's Morning Focus, Marian Egan was in studio instead of John Cooke.  Marian began the show by speaking to Aine O'Brien who works in Elverys in Ennis.