Morning Focus Friday 18th April

On Fridays Morning Focus John began by speaking to a listener that got in touch.  Ellen Moore from Ballyvaughan called to tell John about her daughter Irene. Irene spent 24 hours on a trolley at University Hospital Limerick. She has serious heart issues. She was put into a regular ward without a heart monitor and was left in pain for 48 hours. She couldn't get into coronary care as it was full. Irene had surgery on Monday a fortnight after another surgery.  Ellen says she was seriously worried for her daughter’s life.  Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara also spoke to John about the number of people on trolleys in the A&E department in Limerick   INMO figures for the first three months of the year show an 18% increase in the number of people on trolleys in the hospital's emergency department, and nurses say overcrowding is now a constant issue.  38 patients were on trolleys on Tuesday, 22 patients on trolleys on Wednesday and 16 people were on trolleys at the region's main hospital on Thursday. 

Morning Focus Thursday 17th April

On Thursdays Morning Focus John began by discuss The five-year Fire And Emergency Operations Plan for Clare.  The document was adopted by Clare County Council earlier this week; a move which fire personnel say threatens their safety, and that of the public.  Clare fire fighters have expressed grave concerns, with some even expressing their frustrations through social media.  In a statement to Clare FM, the SIPTU trade union claims the new plan means there will be 4 crew on a fire appliance, rather than 6 which they say is best practice nationally and locally.  John began was joined by Adrian Kelly, Clare’s Chief Fire Officer and Michael Wall, SIPTU Sector Organiser - Local Authority Sector to chat about the current situation.   David woods an Ennis fire fighter has been in the fire service since 2006.  He says fire fighters in Clare are upset over these new rules. 

Morning Focus Wednesday 16th March

On Wednesdays Morning Focus; John spoke to Clare local Oireacthas members following on from concerns raised on yesterdays show in relation to trolley figures at Limericks A&E department.  Timmy Dooley, Clare Fianna Fail TD and Martin Conway, Clare Fine Gael Senator spoke to John about the figures and what can be done to improve things going forward.  Nursing staff at University Hospital Limerick say the opening of a new unit there has failed to address issues with overcrowding.

Bingo 17th April

There were 2 winners of yesterdays draw which means todays prize is 200 Euro congratulations to pronsias O Dailaigh from Newmarket on Fergus who purchased his book in Spar Newmarket on Fergus and Ann Crowley from Ennis who purchased her book in O Dowds turnpike each win 200 Euro

It is week 16 and we are playing off the pink page of your book – eyes down and the very best of luck – here are today’s numbers

6 19 87 29 54 7 61 52 67 74

The Afternoon Show - Wednesday April 16th 2014

On today’s show Maire met with Catherine Earley, Service Co-ordinator at the Irish Wheelchair Association, Clare Branch at their new premises on Francis Street in the heart of Ennis. They are currently getting settled in their new home in the Abbeyfield Centre. They’ve opened a new charity shop as a means of boosting their income to fund the range of services they offer.

Bingo 16th April

There was no winner of yesterday’s prize which means today’s prize is 400euro.  .
It is week16 and we are playing off the BLUE page of your book – eyes down and the very best of luck – here are today’s numbers

34 65 25 19 81 78 35 32 31 64

If you have managed to fill a panel with those numbers, call 065 6828966 before 8pm tonight and you could win or share in today’s prize. If you are a winner, please keep your book until we verify the details.

The Afternoon Show - Tuesday April 15th 2014

On today’s show Máire spoke to Martina Curtin, a native of Kilshanny, who is now based in Boston. Today marks the first year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing. Martina has been living in Boston for years and last year ran the marathon for the first time to mark her 40th birthday. However due to the bombing only reached mile 25. This year she and others from the North Clare area who live in the city are going to run the famous event – in solidarity with those who were affected on that fateful day.

Bingo 15th April

There was one winner of yesterday’s draw which means today’s prize is 200euro. Congratulations to teresa moroney from ennis who purchased her book in Tierneys Ennis Teresa wins 200 Euro

It is jackpot day and today’s jackpot number is 45 if this number is called out you could win or share today’s jackpot of 9900 Euro

It is week16 and we are playing off the ORANGE page of your book – eyes down and the very best of luck – here are today’s numbers

Morning Focus Tuesday 15th April

On Tuesdays Morning Focus; John began the show by discussing the current situation University Hospital Limerick. 

The Afternoon Show - Monday April 14th 2014

Joining Máire on The Afternoon Show today was Diane Hayes-Flanagan and her 10 year old daughter Lily from Doolin. A group of North Clare kids, all members of the Burren Children’s Choir, were the first to represent their county in the BIG SING event organised by Music Generation, Music Generation is Ireland’s new National Music Education Programme. Initiated by Music Network and funded by U2 and The Ireland Funds, Music Generation aims to help children and young people to access music education in their own locality.