Podcast

The Last Word with Matt Cooper

On Ireland's most cutting edge current affairs show, Matt and his guests provide a running stream of intelligent opinions and heated debates on the issues that matter most to Irish listeners. You might not always agree, but you'll never want to miss a Word.

Episodes

  • A Guide To Two-Wheeled Alternatives For Commuters

    Aug 06 2020

    Many commuters are avoiding public transport due to COVID-19 and using their car instead. But is it worth considering a two-wheeled alternative? Michael Sheridan joined us for The Last Word on Wheels to discuss the options, from electric bikes and e-scooters to mopeds and motorbikes, and their suitability. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/08/06184922/LW-Two-Wheeled-Commuting.mp3"][/audio]

  • "I'd Never Heard Of Pablo Escobar - Then I Found Out He Was My Father"

    Aug 06 2020

    Pablo Escobar was one of the world's richest men during his lifetime, controlling 80% of the global cocaine trade until he was shot dead in 1993. Phillip Witcomb grew up knowing almost nothing about Escobar, until the day he learned the notorious Colombian drug lord was his father. Phillip's birth name was Roberto Sendoya Escobar, and he was adopted by an MI6 agent and his wife. In 1989, his adoptive father told him the truth about his paternity. Phillip joined us on The Last Word to discuss his...more

  • Kathleen Chada: "I Worry About What Might Happen If He's Released"

    Aug 06 2020

    In 2019, the Oireachtas passed parole reforms intended to stop convicted killers from applying for parole after ­serving seven years of their sentence and every two years after that, extending the waiting time to 12 years. However, the act has not yet been implemented, meaning that some convicted individuals who should have another five years to wait are still eligible to start the application process. The Irish Sun today launched the "Time to Act" campaign, calling on the government to implemen...more

  • Government Warns Public About Mysterious Seeds Being Sent From China

    Aug 06 2020

    The Government is warning the public about mysterious seeds which are being sent from China. The Department of Agriculture has been contacted by a number of people who received packets of seeds in the post that they hadn't ordered or paid for. These seeds are currently being tested by the Department to determine their species, and people are being advised not to plant them. Stephen Robb, tillage reporter with the Irish Farmers Journal, joined us to discuss this. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocm...more

  • Culture Club - Maureen Kennelly

    Aug 05 2020

    This week's Culture Club inductee is Maureen Kennelly, director of the Arts Council. She joined Frank Greaney to talk about her favourite music, TV, books and podcasts. First Album: Paul Young - No Parlez Favourite Band: Talking Heads Favourite Album: Joni Mitchell - Blue Best Gig: Mary Margaret O'Hara at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn Favourite TV Show: Ozark Favourite Books/Authors: Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout, Independence Day/The Sportswriter by Richard Ford, Sally Rooney Favourite Po...more

  • How To Stop Your Face Mask Giving You Acne

    Aug 05 2020

    Acne is a common skin condition that affects most people at some stage in their lives, particularly during adolescence. Some people have been experiencing flare-ups during the pandemic as a result of wearing face masks. The humid and sticky environment the mask creates around your face lends itself to breakouts around the nose, cheeks, mouth and chin. Dr Doireann O'Leary, health blogger and GP with MyCorkGP, joined us for our weekly medical slot to talk about what acne is and how it can be treat...more

  • How Home Carers Became The Forgotten Heroes Of The Lockdown

    Aug 05 2020

    Throughout the pandemic, our frontline workers have been putting themselves at risk to help keep others safe and have rightly been regarded as heroes. Home carers, who spend each day taking care of their loved ones, have become the unsung heroes of the lockdown. Their work is often invisible to those outside of their own families. Sharon Myers is a carer for her nine-year-old son Noah and founder of the #MakeCarersVisible campaign, which provides carers with a chance to share their stories and t...more

  • Could Pubs Reopen On A County By County Basis?

    Aug 05 2020

    The Government has confirmed that the reopening of pubs will be deferred for at least another three weeks. This decision has angered many rural pub owners in particular, who feel that it could devastate the industry and result in permanent closures. Could the Government have treated rural pubs differently, adopting a county by county approach? We spoke to Professor Eoghan De Barra, infectious disease expert and senior lecturer in the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at RC...more

  • Melbourne In Lockdown Again As The City Battles Second Wave

    Aug 04 2020

    Melbourne is back in lockdown as the city battles a second wave of coronavirus cases. Victoria is Australia's worst-hit state, recording more than 12,000 of almost 19,000 total cases across the country. As well as this, 147 of Australia's 232 COVID-19 fatalities have occurred in Victoria. A State of Disaster has been declared, with authorities confirming that hundreds of people confirmed to have the virus were caught flouting stay-at-home orders. Brianna Parkins, reporter with Virgin Media Telev...more

  • Trump Doubles Down On Support For Alleged Sex Trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell

    Aug 04 2020

    Donald Trump has doubled down on his support for alleged sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, who is currently awaiting trial. In an interview with Jonathan Swan on HBO's Axios, Trump once again wished Jeffrey Epstein's former associate well, having previously done so during a coronavirus briefing last month. When asked by Swan about those comments, Trump said: "She's now in jail, so yeah, I wish her well." Marion McKeone and Cal Thomas joined us for our weekly US slot to discuss this and the count...more

  • HSE Advise Young People To Stop Having Sex And 'Dial-An-Orgasm' Instead

    Aug 04 2020

    The HSE is advising young people to choose online sex or phone sex in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. The new information campaign says that young adults are more likely to engage in sexual activity with more than one partner, and the advice is therefore aimed at avoiding close contact with people outside your own household. But is it unnecessary advice? We spoke to journalist Larissa Nolan and psychotherapist Stella O'Malley to get their views. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploa...more

  • Why Does Trump Hate TikTok So Much?

    Aug 04 2020

    TikTok has become one of the world's most popular social media apps, with an estimated 800 million monthly active users, around 10% of which are in the United States. However, President Donald Trump recently stated that he wanted to ban the app, which is owned by Chinese company ByteDance. There are fears among US government officials that the Chinese government might force TikTok to share data it collects about Americans. Andy O'Donoghue joined us for Tech Tuesday to discuss whether TikTok coul...more

  • First Look At Brendan Gleeson's Trump In New Trailer For 'The Comey Rule'

    Aug 03 2020

    The BAFTAs are taking place tonight, but in a very different form than we're used to. COVID-19 means that the awards will be accepted virtually, with Richard Ayoade hosting the ceremony from a closed studio. Chernobyl is up for three awards, including best miniseries and best leading actor, but will it be the big winner on the night? Joe O'Shea and Jennifer Gannon gave their thoughts in our weekly TV slot. They also discussed the Emmy nominations for Normal People and the teaser trailer for The ...more

  • Norah Casey On Her Relationship With Exercise

    Jul 31 2020

    Exercise was not something that played a big part in businesswoman and broadcaster Norah Casey's life until later on. After the death of her husband, she discovered a love of walking which led to her taking on other forms of exercise such as mountain climbing and white water rafting. She is now supporting Chapter 4 of the 20x20 campaign, which recognises the challenges women of all ages and abilities can face in maintaining a strong relationship with physical activity, and showcases the benefits...more

  • Will This Government Last 5 Years?

    Jul 31 2020

    The Dáil's final day before its summer break descended into chaos as a row broke out among TDs over speaking rights. The day also saw Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan resign as party whip after voting against the Government twice on amendments to the Residential Tenancies Bill. She and Minister of State Joe O'Brien, who abstained from voting, have both been banned from speaking in the chamber for two months. Is there a battle for the soul of the Green Party, and will this government last five years...more

  • The Week Trending - What Was So Offensive About Tampax's Banned TV Ad?

    Jul 31 2020

    A TV advert for Tampax has been banned after 84 complaints were made to the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland. The ad, which discussed how tampons should be inserted without causing discomfort, was accused of being offensive and over-descriptive. These complaints were upheld by the ASAI. Other complaints, which were not upheld, claimed that the ad was demeaning to women, contained sexual innuendo or was unsuitable for children. Brianna Parkins and Donal O'Donoghue joined us for The Week...more

  • Can You Give Your Kids Ibuprofen If They Have COVID-19?

    Jul 30 2020

    A new survey carried out by Reckitt Benckiser found that over half of parents want more information on the treatment of COVID-19 symptoms in children. There remains a lot of uncertainty around the use of medicines like ibuprofen in particular, with the survey revealing that almost a third of parents are still confused about whether they can give it to their children. Dr Sinead Beirne says there is no problem with giving ibuprofen or paracetamol to children, regardless of whether their symptoms a...more

  • Donald Trump Says He Wants To Cancel The 2020 Election

    Jul 30 2020

    US President Donald Trump has called for November's election to be delayed, claiming that it will be "the most inaccurate and fraudulent in history". In a tweet, Trump cited unsubstantiated concerns about postal voting and added that going ahead with the election as planned would be a "great embarrassment" to America. But does he actually have any power to delay the election, and is it a diversion tactic? Marion McKeone joined us to discuss this. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/20...more

  • Is It Time To Change The Law On Purchasing Sex?

    Jul 30 2020

    A review into changes made to Ireland's laws on prostitution three years ago is now underway. These changes included decriminalising sex workers and making it an offence to pay for sex with a prostitute or a trafficked person. In the first of a two-part series, we looked at whether the changes and additions to the law have served their purpose and made a difference to the welfare of sex workers. Paul Ryan, Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Maynooth University, and Kate McGrew...more

  • Prostitution Survivor On Sex Work In Ireland: "No One Can Justify The Violence"

    Jul 30 2020

    In our two-part series on sex workers, we've been looking at the changes that were made to Ireland's laws on prostitution in 2017, which are now under review. For the second part of the series, we spoke to two people who believe the current laws around the purchase of sex are working. Mia de Faoite, a survivor of prostitution, discussed her own experience and the violence that sex workers often have to deal with, and we were also joined by Amanda Keane, policy and communications manager with Ruh...more

  • Parents Are Worried About Sending Kids Back To School

    Jul 30 2020

    Schools may be set to reopen at the end of August, but many families are still anxious about COVID-19. A new report from Barnardos shows that a fifth of parents are worried about sending their children back to school in case they contract the virus. Parents of both primary and secondary school children were surveyed. Parenting columnist and author Jen Hogan and psychotherapist Stella O'Malley joined us to discuss how parents can deal with their own anxiety and that of their children. [audio mp3=...more

  • Culture Club - John Boyne

    Jul 29 2020

    This week's Culture Club inductee is author John Boyne, whose latest novel is A Traveller at the Gates of Wisdom. He joined Frank Greaney to talk about his favourite music, movies, books, TV shows and musicals. First Single Ever Bought: Art Garfunkel - Bright Eyes Favourite Album: Kate Bush - Hounds of Love Favourite Band: Pet Shop Boys Best Gig: Elton John in Slough, 2015 Favourite Movie: The Talented Mr. Ripley Favourite Musical: The Sound of Music Favourite Author/Book: John Irving, The Go-Be...more

  • How To Cope With Bipolar Disorder

    Jul 29 2020

    Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness that causes disturbances in a person's mood, energy and ability to function. The severe mood swings that occur generally last for weeks to months at a time and can result in damaged relationships, difficulty with employment and significant risk of harm due to reckless or impulsive behaviour. Between 1 and 3% of people worldwide have Bipolar Disorder, with most experiencing their first symptoms between the ages of 15 and 30. Dr Doireann O'Leary, GP with MyCork...more

  • Charlie Weston's Guide To The Best Mortgage Rates Available

    Jul 29 2020

    A new bank is set to join the Irish mortgage market, which could put pressure on other lenders to cut their rates. Avantcard, whose parent company Bankinter is Spain's fifth largest bank, is expected to offer fixed rates of less than 2% under the name Avant Money. Ireland has some of the highest mortgage rates in Europe, but will the arrival of this bank shake things up? Charlie Weston, personal finance editor of the Irish Independent, joined us to discuss this. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocm...more

  • Is Taylor Swift's Surprise New Album Any Good?

    Jul 28 2020

    Taylor Swift has surprised her fans by releasing a new album, Folklore, which was recorded during lockdown. The album has already broken streaming records, racking up 80.6 million streams on Spotify and over 35 million streams on Apple Music within 24 hours of release. It also sold 1.3 million copies worldwide in the same timeframe. Dee Reddy and John Caddell gave their verdict on the album and also discussed Kylie Minogue's new music, the passing of Fleetwood Mac co-founder Peter Green and the...more

  • A Family Divided: New Book Exposes Royal Rift Over Harry And Meghan

    Jul 28 2020

    A new biography of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is offering an insight into what led to their split from the Royal Family. Finding Freedom: Harry and Meghan and the Making of a Modern Royal Family is written by royal reporters Carolyn Durand and Omid Scobie, and incorporates quotes from sources close to the couple. Harry and Meghan have denied any involvement. Nick Ferrari, presenter of Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on LBC, joined us to give his thoughts on the book. [audio mp3="https://media.radi...more

  • Schools In Switzerland Reopened On 11 May - Here's How They Did It

    Jul 28 2020

    Schools across the country finally have a roadmap from the Government on how they should reopen, having been closed since March due to the pandemic. Some countries like Switzerland were able to open their schools as early as May. So what is it like to teach in a reopened school, and what can our own secondary school students expect come September?  Liam Printer, originally from Westport in Co. Mayo, is a secondary school teacher in Switzerland and host of The Motivated Classroom podcast. He join...more

  • The Best Tech For Going Back To School

    Jul 28 2020

    With schools set to reopen in September, albeit in a very different way, students may have to continue making use of technology for home learning. If you're thinking of investing in some gadgets to help make the school year a bit easier, we have lots of recommendations. Andy O'Donoghue joined us for Tech Tuesday with a selection of the best laptops, tablets and other back to school gadgets. Laptops MacBook Air: €1229 for 256GB SSD, €1529 for 512GB SSD – both with 8GB RAM HP Chromebook: €600 for ...more

  • Has Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Proved He's The Right Man To Manage Manchester United?

    Jul 27 2020

    Manchester United secured their place in the top four on the final day of the Premier League season, thanks to a 2-0 win over Leicester City. It means United will now play Champions League football next season. Has manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer proved he's the right man for the job? Mark Lawrenson and Miguel Delaney gave us their thoughts. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/07/27190410/LW-Solskjaer.mp3"][/audio]

  • Controversy Continues Over Huge Pay Rises For 'Super Junior' Ministers

    Jul 27 2020

    The Government has come under fire for introducing legislation ensuring all three 'super junior' ministers will be paid an extra €16,000 annually. The allowance, which comes on top of their existing €124,000 salary, was apparently introduced so that all ministers of state would be paid the same. But the decision has been criticised by opposition TDs, with Labour Party finance spokesman Ged Nash describing it as "tone deaf". He was joined on The Last Word by Professor Gary Murphy from the School ...more

  • More Than 100 People On Pandemic Payments Have Them Cut Because They Travelled Abroad

    Jul 27 2020

    More than 100 people have had their Pandemic Unemployment Payment cut because they travelled abroad. The Department of Social Protection confirmed in a statement that 104 cases of the payment had been stopped following airport checks. It also said that the payment is not given to people going on holiday abroad or going through the 14-day quarantine period. Liam Herrick, executive director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, joined us to discuss this. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/...more

  • How Can You Progress Your Career If You're Working From Your Kitchen Table?

    Jul 27 2020

    Remote working, and the lack of visibility and relationship building associated with it, has had a significant impact on workers' opportunities for promotion.  Has COVID-19 killed traditional career progression? Sinead Kieran, founder of Coaching by SMK, joined us to talk about why working from home doesn't have to be a negative thing, and how people can take ownership of their career. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/07/27163713/LW-Sinead-Kieran.mp3"][/audio]

  • Aer Lingus Pilot Expresses Concerns About Long-Term Viability Of Airline

    Jul 24 2020

    An Aer Lingus pilot and trade union leader has expressed concerns about the long-term viability of the airline. Evan Cullen, who is president of the Irish Airline Pilots' Association, told the Oireachtas Special Committee on COVID-19 Response that Aer Lingus is losing an estimated €1.5 million a day with travel restrictions in place. Ian Guider, markets editor of the Business Post, joined us with this and the day's other business stories, including: Nama chooses Johnny Ronan and Colony to devel...more

  • The Coronavirus Is Coming To Some Of The Biggest Shows On TV

    Jul 24 2020

    COVID-19 forced many of the most popular shows on TV to abandon filming, but the coronavirus will make its way into some returning series' storylines. Production has resumed on Coronation Street, with social distancing officially in place, and a new plotline will see frontline worker Aggie Bailey confronting the crisis as she's forced to self-isolate. Meanwhile, Grey's Anatomy bosses have confirmed that the long-running medical drama will address the pandemic in its upcoming 17th season. Joe O'S...more

  • When Can I Expect My Ryanair Refund?

    Jul 24 2020

    Did you book flights with Ryanair before the pandemic only to have them cancelled? And if so, have you received a refund yet? Despite Ryanair's claims that all March refunds have been cleared, and that all April refunds would be cleared by 15 July, many customers have revealed that they are still waiting. Many have voiced their dissatisfaction on social media and to consumer watchdogs who are campaigning for airlines to refund their customers. Charlie Weston, personal finance editor of the Irish...more

  • The Week Trending - Trump Boasts About His "Amazing" Performance In Cognitive Test

    Jul 24 2020

    Donald Trump has again boasted about the results of a cognitive test he apparently took, declaring that doctors found his performance to be "amazing". The US President told Fox News that as part of one task he managed to remember five items in the right order, which he claimed was "not that easy", and that he was awarded extra points. Pat Fitzpatrick and Aoife Barry joined us for The Week Trending to discuss this story and more. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/07/24170712/LW-...more

  • Should You Consider A Campervan For Your Next Staycation?

    Jul 23 2020

    For people choosing to holiday at home rather than abroad this year, a campervan could be the way to go. But how much does it cost to maintain a campervan, and should you hire or buy? Michael Sheridan joined us for The Last Word on Wheels with the answers to these questions and more. He also gave some advice on campervan security, given the recent spate of thefts. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/07/23185625/LW-Campervans.mp3"][/audio]

  • How The GAA Community Coped During Lockdown

    Jul 23 2020

    Award-winning filmmaker Ross Whitaker is the man behind the critically acclaimed Katie Taylor documentary KATIE and The Boys in Green, which tells the story of the Republic of Ireland football team's rise under Jack Charlton. He has teamed up with AIB for his latest documentary, The Toughest Summer, about the unprecedented halt to Gaelic Games during the summer of 2020. The series is made up of five webisodes and a full-length feature documentary which will air on RTÉ One in August. Ross joined ...more

  • Here's How You'll Get Money Back For Holidaying In Ireland This Year

    Jul 23 2020

    The Government has agreed a €5.2 billion stimulus package to boost economic recovery and get people back to work. It includes a Stay and Spend tax rebate worth up to €125 per person to assist the tourism sector in the off-season, based on a spend of €625. This will apply to hotels, food and non-alcoholic drinks. We were joined by Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, to discuss some of the details of the package. John Moran, chair of SME Recov...more

  • Leo Varadkar Says It Would Reflect Badly On Ireland If We Were Last EU Country To Reopen Schools

    Jul 23 2020

    Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said it would reflect badly on Ireland if we were the last country in the EU to reopen schools. Having previously put pressure on Fianna Fáil to publish the travel 'green list', is he now doing the same with Minister for Education Norma Foley regarding school guidelines? We spoke to Aodhán O'Ríordán, Labour Spokesperson on Education, Enterprise and Trade, who says a multimillion euro package should have been announced months ago, and Claire McGee from the Irish Business...more

  • Culture Club - Peter Cunningham

    Jul 22 2020

    This week's Culture Club inductee is Peter Cunningham, novelist and member of Aosdána. His new novel, Freedom is a Land I Cannot See, has just been published. He joined us to discuss his favourite books and authors, TV shows, movies, music and opera. Favourite Authors: Agatha Christie, Evelyn Waugh, Charles Dickens, Hammond Innes, Ian Fleming, Eric Ambler, Graham Greene, Hemingway, Hardy, Kingsley Amis, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, Flann O'Brien Favourite TV Shows: Breaking Bad, Fawlty Towers Fa...more

  • As COVID-19 Cases Reach Highest Level In A Month, Is It Time To Return To Lockdown?

    Jul 22 2020

    There have been calls for some restrictions to be reimposed after the country reported 36 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the highest number in a month. The Mater Hospital in Dublin has also confirmed that a doctor who worked there has died after contracting COVID-19, bringing the confirmed number of deaths among healthcare workers to eight. Should we be returning to lockdown? We spoke to Anthony Staines, professor of health systems at Dublin City University, who believes cross-country travel shou...more

  • Why You Should Consider Getting The Flu Vaccine This Winter

    Jul 22 2020

    The HSE has placed orders for 1.35 million doses of the flu vaccine, and it will be also extended to children under the age of 12. Concerns have been raised about poor uptake of the flu vaccine among healthcare workers and the elderly in recent years, and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has described it as a "big problem" given the possibility of a second wave of COVID-19. More than 4,300 people were hospitalised with the flu last year. Dr Doireann O'Leary, GP with MyCorkGP and health blogger, joined us f...more

  • Why The First Year Of A Baby's Life Is Costing Parents Over €10,000

    Jul 22 2020

    The first year of a baby's life is costing parents up to €10,500, according to a new study. Research conducted by the online parenting community BabyDoc Club shows that the most expensive purchase for most parents is the baby's travel system, including a car seat. Childcare is also a huge cost, particularly for parents who are both working outside the home, while nursery furniture is next on the list. Charlie Weston, personal finance editor of the Irish Independent, discussed this and the rising...more

  • The Dixie Chicks Are Back After 14 Years, With A New Name

    Jul 21 2020

    The band formerly known as the Dixie Chicks are back with a new album, and a new name, after 14 years. Gaslighter is the first release from The Chicks, as they are now called, since 2006. They were boycotted by radio stations in the United States after criticising George W. Bush during a concert in 2003. They announced their name change last month, admitting that they were uncomfortable with the slavery-era connotations of the word 'Dixie'. Paddy Cullivan and Dee Reddy discussed this and more in...more

  • Could Trump Refuse To Leave The White House If He Loses November's Election?

    Jul 21 2020

    Donald Trump has refused to commit to accepting the result of the election if he loses to Joe Biden. In an interview with Chris Wallace of Fox News on Sunday, Trump claimed it was too early for him to say either 'yes' or 'no'. Biden's campaign responded that the United States government was "perfectly capable of escorting trespassers out of the White House." Could Trump refuse to leave the White House if he loses, and what might happen then? Cal Thomas and Marion McKeone discussed this in our US...more

  • Dog Thieves Should Face Tougher Punishments

    Jul 21 2020

    Gardaí are warning dog owners to be vigilant amid an increase in dog thefts during the pandemic. Desperate owners have been posting social media appeals for information on their stolen dogs, highlighting the emotional harm that can result from losing a much-loved family pet in this way. Pets are considered property in legal terms, and their theft is punished in the same way as theft of a non-living object. Fianna Fáil TD James Browne is looking to draft new legislation which would result in more...more

  • As Cassette Sales Boom, Is Retro Tech Making A Comeback?

    Jul 21 2020

    We've all heard about the vinyl revival, but cassette sales have boomed this year. According to the Official Charts Company, almost 65,000 music cassettes were sold in the UK in the first six months of 2020, which is double the figure recorded for the same period last year and more than the entire year's sales from 2018. Andy O'Donoghue joined us for Tech Tuesday to talk about why retro technology appears to be making a comeback, from the Sony Walkman to VHS tapes. [audio mp3="https://media.radi...more

  • Number Of People On Pandemic Unemployment Payment Has Fallen Sharply

    Jul 20 2020

    The number of people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has fallen sharply since early May. According to figures from the the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, 313,800 people will receive the payment this week, down from 598,000 at the beginning of May. It's a drop of 31,800 in the last week. Ian Guider, markets editor of the Business Post, joined us with this and more of the day's business stories, including: Rent freeze set to be extended, but only until the start of A...more

  • Ruth Morrissey's Solicitor Remembers The "Caring, Gentle" Person He Knew

    Jul 20 2020

    CervicalCheck campaigner Ruth Morrissey has died at the age of 39. Her passing comes two years after she gave evidence in the High Court in her action against the HSE and two laboratories over the misreading of her cervical smear tests. She and her husband Paul won the case and were awarded damages. It was confirmed last week that they had received the money in full. Ruth Morrissey's solicitor Cian O'Carroll joined us on The Last Word to remember her. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploa...more