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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

  • The Very Last Word - 15/02/20

    Feb 14 2020

    Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: John Caddell and Larissa Nolan talk about all the latest music news. Eddi Reader is our Culture Club guest. Actor Liam Cunningham from Game of Thrones shares his memories of the Stardust tragedy.

  • The Best And Worst Dating Shows On TV

    Feb 14 2020

    The Late Late Show Valentine's Special returns tonight, with guests including Marti Pellow of Wet Wet Wet and Chesney Hawkes. Mary O'Rourke, Pat Spillane and Sharon Higgins will also be acting as agony aunts and uncles for people seeking relationship advice. Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea looked ahead to the show in our weekly TV slot. They also gave their thoughts on the best and worst dating shows, from Blind Date to First Dates. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on t...more

  • Students Angered By Rent Hikes As Colleges Blame Refurbishment Costs

    Feb 14 2020

    Many third level students are facing higher accommodation costs from September. Several colleges are raising their on-campus accommodation fees by the maximum 4% allowed in rent pressure zones, blaming refurbishment and building costs. USI Deputy President Michelle Byrne and Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers joined us to discuss the situation. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • The Week Trending - Clare Councillor Calls For RTÉ To Reinstate Joe Brolly

    Feb 14 2020

    A Clare councillor is calling for Joe Brolly to be returned to RTÉ's GAA panel. Gerry Flynn is putting forward a motion for the new Communications Minister to help ensure Brolly is reinstated, arguing that his absence from RTÉ "has taken away from the enjoyment of the game for so many people." Laura Byrne and Niall Shanahan joined us to discuss this and the week's other news stories in The Week Trending. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Actor Liam Cunningham Shares His Memories Of The Stardust Tragedy 39 Years On

    Feb 14 2020

    Tomorrow marks the 39th anniversary of the Stardust nightclub tragedy on Valentine's Day 1981. The fire claimed the lives of 48 people, and 214 others were injured. Game of Thrones actor Liam Cunningham grew up nearby. His sister was there that night, and he searched the hospitals for her afterwards. He joined us on The Last Word to talk about his memories of the night, the trauma that still lingers for survivors and families, and their ongoing search for justice. Listen to the interview in full...more

  • Top 5 Romantic Movies For Valentine's Weekend

    Feb 13 2020

    If you're looking for a romantic movie to watch this Valentine's weekend, we've got you covered. Dee Molumby from entertainment.ie joined us for The Last Word on Movies to review Emma and new Netflix arrival Hostiles, as well as give her top five romantic movies. WALL-E Dirty Dancing Sense and Sensibility Man Up Set It Up Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Croke Park To Get A New 200-Bedroom Hotel

    Feb 13 2020

    Dalata Hotel Group has announced that it has signed an agreement for the lease of a new 4-star Maldron hotel to be built adjacent to Croke Park. The hotel is scheduled to open in the second half of 2023. It will have approximately 200 bedrooms, a business centre with six meeting rooms and bar and restaurant facilities. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, brought us this story and more in our round-up of the business news, including: Property prices rose by 0.6% last year, according...more

  • Booker Prize-Winning Author Anne Enright On Her New Novel, 'Actress'

    Feb 13 2020

    Man Booker-prize winning author Anne Enright is back with a new novel, Actress. It tells the story of Katherine O'Dell, a successful Irish actress, from the perspective of her daughter. Anne joined us to talk about the book, Irish public figures of the past and mother-daughter relationships. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Culture Club - Eddi Reader

    Feb 12 2020

    This week's Culture Club inductee is singer Eddi Reader, formerly of Fairground Attraction. She is celebrating 40 years as a live performer with an Irish tour which will see her play in Sligo, Limerick, Cork, Waterford, Letterkenny, Dun Laoghaire, Belfast and Armagh over the next week. She joined us to talk about her favourite music, movies, TV shows and authors. Favourite Artists: Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Walker Brothers, Judy Garland First Single Ever Bought: Candi Staton - Young Hearts...more

  • AIB Says Government Should Introduce Shared Ownership Scheme To Ease Housing Crisis

    Feb 12 2020

    AIB has suggested the government should launch a new shared ownership scheme to ease the housing crisis. The scheme would see low and middle-income workers buying a home in conjunction with their local authority. This would help those earning too much to qualify for social housing, but too little to get a big enough mortgage to buy their own home. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us for the business news to discuss this story and more, including: The Central Bank says the...more

  • How To Avoid Bad Breath

    Feb 12 2020

    A lot of people suffer from bad breath, but may be unaware of it. Bad breath is usually caused by bacteria in the mouth. It can also be caused by gum disease or tooth decay, as well as certain medications. For our weekly medical consultation we were joined by Dr Paul O'Dwyer, Group Clinical Advisor at Dental Care Ireland. He gave some advice on beating bad breath, including how to brush your teeth correctly. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Five Ways To Reduce Your Credit Card Debt

    Feb 12 2020

    Many of us find ourselves with credit card debt, particularly in the post-Christmas period. Charlie Weston, personal finance editor of The Irish Independent, joined us to recommend five ways of reducing this debt. His tips are: Be honest about it Cancel direct debits Get rid of your credit card if you can Focus on one card at a time Talk to your bank Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Elton John Wins Best Original Song At Oscars - Was It Deserved?

    Feb 11 2020

    Elton John won Best Original Song at the Oscars on Sunday night for '(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again' from the Rocketman biopic. It beat songs from Toy Story 4 (Randy Newman), Frozen II ('Into the Unknown'), Breakthrough (Diane Warren) and Harriet (Cynthia Erivo). It's Elton John's second time winning the award. He previously won for 'Can You Feel the Love Tonight' from The Lion King. But did this new song deserve the honour? John Caddell and Larissa Nolan discussed in our music slot, as well as looki...more

  • CSO Figures Show Over 21,000 New Homes Built Last Year

    Feb 11 2020

    New data from the Central Statistics Office has confirmed that over 21,000 new homes were built last year. The number of apartments built rose by almost 60% compared to 2018, while single home builds grew by 2.5% between the fourth quarter of 2018 and the fourth quarter of 2019. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, discussed this story the day's other business news, including: Credit ratings agency S&P says election outcome likely to lead to more spending in budgets Britain’s ec...more

  • Who Will Win The New Hampshire Primary?

    Feb 11 2020

    The New Hampshire primary takes place in the United States today, with Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Amy Klobuchar and Michael Bloomberg among the candidates to watch. But how important will it be in deciding which Democratic candidate will take on Donald Trump in the election? Marion McKeone and Cal Thomas joined us to discuss this and more in our US slot. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • How Can We Make The Internet Safer For Children?

    Feb 11 2020

    One third of all children are internet users, but how can we make sure it's a safe experience for them? An ESRI survey found that girls who get mobile phones earlier fare less well in terms of behavioural adjustment and their academic self-concept. Meanwhile, a CyberSafe Ireland survey of 2,300 children between the ages of 8 and 12 found that over 30% had experienced something upsetting online in the past year, and a fifth said they had not informed a parent or trusted adult. Andy O'Donoghue and...more

  • Indeed Asks Over 1,000 Irish Employees To Work From Home Amid Coronavirus Fears

    Feb 10 2020

    Indeed has asked its Irish employees to work from home this week amid fears of exposure to the coronavirus. The recruitment company, which employs over 1,000 people at its Dublin office, is concerned that an employee in Singapore who recently visited the Dublin and Sydney offices may have been exposed to the virus. It stressed that the move is just a precaution, and that no cases have been confirmed so far. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, brought us this story and more in the bu...more

  • David Cullinane Defends IRA Comments After Election

    Feb 10 2020

    David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD for Waterford, has defended shouting, "Up the 'Ra" during a speech to supporters. The comments were made following his success in the general election, in which he received 20,569 first-preference votes. The speech was filmed on a camera phone and the footage has been circulating on social media. Speaking on The Last Word, David Cullinane said he has never distanced himself from Sinn Féin's or the IRA's past and that he would not deny his republicanism, but admitted...more

  • The Very Last Word - 08/02/20

    Feb 07 2020

    Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: On Tech Tuesday, Andy O'Donoghue talks about plans to standardise phone chargers and companies that charge for emails. Dee Reddy and John Caddell discuss the latest music news and give us their review of the Super Bowl halftime show. John McColgan looks back at 25 years of Riverdance and gives us some of his picks on this week's Culture Club. Brian Lloyd and Dee Molumby give their Oscars predictions for tomorrow n...more

  • Coronation Street Airs Its 10,000th Episode

    Feb 07 2020

    Coronation Street is the world's longest-running soap opera and will celebrate its 60th anniversary later this year. As the show broadcasts its 10,000th episode tonight, we looked back on some of its most iconic characters and storylines in our weekly TV slot with Aoife Barry and Joe O'Shea. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Shannen Joyce Tells Her Story Of Overcoming Cancer For The Second Time

    Feb 07 2020

    There are currently 170,000 people in Ireland who are either living with cancer or have come through it. Shannen Joyce from Youghal in Co. Cork is a two-time cancer survivor. Now a 25-year-old mother, she was just 19 when she was first diagnosed. Shannen is an Irish Cancer Society ambassador, and she joined us on The Last Word to mark Daffodil Day and tell her story. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • The Week Trending - PETA Claims The Word "Pet" Is Offensive To Animals

    Feb 07 2020

    PETA has made headlines once again for suggesting that the word "pet" is a derogatory term. According to the animal rights organisation, using the words "pet" and "owner" implies that animals are possessions, and terms such as "companion" and "human carer" should be used instead. Roe McDermott and Eoghan Tomás McDermott joined us for The Week Trending to discuss this and some of the other stories making the news this week. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page....more

  • Who Will Triumph At This Year's Oscars?

    Feb 06 2020

    The Oscars take place this coming Sunday night, and our own Saoirse Ronan is among the nominees for her role in Little Women. But will she win Best Actress, a category that also includes Renée Zellweger? Brian Lloyd and Dee Molumby joined us for The Last Word on Movies to give their Oscars predictions. They also paid tribute to Kirk Douglas, who has died at the age of 103, and reviewed new releases Birds of Prey and Dolittle. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this pa...more

  • Luxury Apartments For Sale In Dublin 4 Will Now Be Rented Out

    Feb 06 2020

    Luxury apartments which went up for sale last year in two Dublin 4 apartment blocks will now be offered as rentals, as sales failed to materialise in line with expectations. Apartments at the 19 Pembroke Road block were originally priced from €650,000 for a one-bedroom unit up to €1.1 million for a two-bed penthouse. Renters can now expect to pay from €3,000 per month. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, discussed this story and more in the business news, including: Insurance compa...more

  • Election Debate: The Cost Of Running The Country

    Feb 06 2020

    In our final election debate, we looked at the cost of running the country. How will the money be raised for different issues such as housing and health, and how will it be spent? Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe of Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil finance spokesperson Michael McGrath and Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty joined us to discuss their parties' respective economic policies. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Almost 9 In 10 People Say They've Gone To Work While Sick

    Feb 06 2020

    Have you ever felt under pressure to turn up for work when you're sick? The 'Healthy Working' report, commissioned by Mater Private, shows how diet, exercise and work-life balance affect Irish workers' physical and mental health. It found that almost nine in ten workers have worked while sick, three in ten against the advice of their GP, while four in ten claim to have suffered from 'burnout' at work. Mary Morrogh, Consultant General Surgeon and Medical Director of the Mater Private Wellness Pro...more

  • Culture Club - John McColgan

    Feb 05 2020

    This week's Culture Club inductee is John McColgan, director and co-creator of Riverdance. The 25th anniversary show runs at Dublin's 3Arena from tomorrow until Sunday. John joined us to talk about his favourite musicals, TV shows, movies, books and music. Favourite Musicals: West Side Story, Les Misérables Favourite TV show: The Sopranos Favourite Movies: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, 1917 Favourite Books/Author: Lee Child, Shadowplay by Joseph O'Connor, This is Going to Hurt by Adam Kay First...more

  • Brown Thomas To Open New Store In Dundrum Next Year

    Feb 05 2020

    Brown Thomas will open a new store in Dundrum Town Centre next year. It will occupy two floors of the current House of Fraser department store, which is due to cease trading in May. More than 400 staff will be employed when the new store opens in the first half of 2021. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us for the business news with this story and more, including: Inside the renovated Dublin bedsits making investors a fortune 300 jobs to be created in Kerry Disney+ signed ...more

  • Election 2020 Interviews - Catherine Murphy

    Feb 05 2020

    In our final general election leaders' interview, we spoke to Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy. As well as discussing the big issues of this election campaign, she also addressed the question of whether there are too many different parties representing the left. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Election Debate: How Do We Fix The Problems In Our Childcare Sector?

    Feb 05 2020

    In today's election debate, we discussed childcare provision in Ireland. Many parents struggle to afford the cost of childcare, while those working in the sector are fighting for better pay and conditions. To discuss the issues involved, we were joined by Heather Humphreys, Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation and Fine Gael TD for Cavan-Monaghan, Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil candidate for Galway East and spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs, and Sheila Garrity, lecturer in Earl...more

  • Election 2020 Interviews - Brendan Howlin

    Feb 05 2020

    Continuing our series of general election leaders' interviews, we spoke to Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin. He spoke about issues including the housing and homeless crisis and explained how his party is hoping to win back the confidence of voters. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Election 2020 Interviews - Peadar Tóibín

    Feb 04 2020

    Continuing our series of leaders' interviews ahead of the general election, we spoke to Peadar Tóibín of Aontú. He spoke about the issues his party is aiming to tackle, his reasons for leaving Sinn Féin and establishing Aontú, and whether we have too many political parties. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • AIB To Provide Compensation To Almost 6,000 Tracker Mortgage Customers

    Feb 04 2020

    AIB are to provide compensation to almost 6,000 customers who had the option of a tracker mortgage. The bank has made a provision of €300 million to cover this, following a preliminary decision issued by the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us for the business news with this story and more, including: Tens of thousands to be hit with new €5.99 monthly charge from Eir for access to email Google facing another investigation by Data...more

  • Election Debate: Will We See A United Ireland?

    Feb 04 2020

    In today's election debate, we discussed the possibility of a United Ireland. Are we likely to see it happen anytime soon, and is it economically viable? Fergus O'Dowd of Fine Gael, Thomas Byrne of Fianna Fáil and Matt Carthy of Sinn Féin joined us to discuss the issue. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • European Parliament Votes For Universal Charging Solution For Mobile Devices

    Feb 04 2020

    Members of the European Parliament have voted for a single universal charging solution for mobile devices. The decision has been made in an attempt to combat electronic waste. Andy O'Donoghue joined us for Tech Tuesday to discuss this and what it will mean for iPhone users in particular. He also talked about Eir's plans to charge subscribers a monthly fee for using their email service. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Revolut To Expand Its Dublin Office In Wake Of Brexit

    Feb 03 2020

    Revolut has confirmed it plans to move responsibility for its European payments from London to Dublin as a result of Brexit. The digital banking company, which has 50,000 customers in Ireland, currently employs 12 people here, but there are plans to add between 40 and 50 new jobs in Dublin this year. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, brought us this story and more in the business news, including: Investors blocked from withdrawing money from funds as firms get property jitters Mi...more

  • Election 2020 Interviews - Richard Boyd Barrett

    Feb 03 2020

    Continuing with our series of leaders' interviews ahead of the general election, we spoke to Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit TD for Dun Laoghaire. He discussed issues such as pensions, taxes and housing, and how he feels People Before Profit might fare with voters. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • The Cork Mother Pushed To "Financial Breaking Point" Trying To Care For Her Sick Little Girl

    Feb 03 2020

    A Cork mother says she has been pushed to "financial breaking point" trying to care for her seriously ill little girl. Katie Healy Nolan's three-year-old daughter, Penelope Pearl, suffers from a rare life-limiting condition called Pontocerebellar Hypoplasia (PCH). She is non-verbal and cannot sit unaided, crawl, weight-bear, use her hands or eat and drink unassisted. She also has visual impairments, suffers with digestive issues and relies heavily on medication. Katie joined us on The Last Word ...more

  • Election Debate: How Do We Make Cycling Safer?

    Feb 03 2020

    In today's election debate, we discussed cycling. Ireland recorded the highest annual increase in deaths among cyclists of all EU member states between 2010 and 2018. What can our government do to help make cycling safer? Deirdre Duffy, Fine Gael candidate in Dublin Central, Patrick Costello, Green Party candidate in Dublin South Central and Cian O'Callaghan, Social Democrats candidate in Dublin North Central, joined us to discuss this. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button...more

  • Brexit Day Has Arrived, But What's Next For Britain?

    Jan 31 2020

    Britain will leave the EU at 11pm tonight after 47 years as a member. But what's next for the country? Nick Ferrari, presenter of Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on LBC, joined us to give his thoughts on what British people can expect to happen post-Brexit, and whether Nigel Farage will have any further role to play in politics. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • The Very Last Word - 01/02/20

    Jan 31 2020

    Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean talks about the sectarian abuse he routinely receives at British football grounds. A major new study finds that one in four children lack basic movement skills. Dr Stephen Behan and Jen Hogan discuss. Former Beatles drummer Pete Best joins us for the Culture Club to discuss his favourite music, movies and more. Actress and playwright Jody O'Neill talks about bringing he...more

  • Did 'Mrs Brown's Boys' Deserve To Win Best Comedy At The NTAs?

    Jan 31 2020

    Mrs Brown's Boys won Best Comedy at the National Television Awards earlier this week. The show beat Derry Girls, Fleabag, After Life and Sex Education. However, some viewers were not happy, feeling it wasn't the best in its category. Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea joined us to discuss this in our weekly TV slot. They also looked back on some memorable appearances by Irish actors in British soaps, following Simon Delaney's arrival in Emmerdale. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play...more

  • The Week Trending - Mairead McGuinness Cuts Off Nigel Farage's Brexit Celebrations

    Jan 31 2020

    Britain will leave the European Union tonight, ending 47 years of membership. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage remarked in his final European Parliament address that Britain was "never coming back", while he and his colleagues waved union flags. Fine Gael MEP Mairead McGuinness responded by cutting off Farage's microphone and telling the group to put their flags away. Amanda Brunker and Lorcan Nyhan discussed this story and more in The Week Trending. Listen to the interview in full by pressing t...more

  • Jody O'Neill On Discovering Both She And Her Son Had Autism

    Jan 30 2020

    Actress and playwright Jody O'Neill discovered her son had autism when he was four years old. As she came to terms with his diagnosis, she subsequently discovered that she too was autistic. She has now written What I (Don't) Know About Autism, a play inspired by these experiences. It runs at the Abbey Theatre's Peacock Stage, followed by the Everyman in Cork and the Mermaid Arts Centre in Wicklow. Jody joined us on The Last Word to discuss everything she has learned about autism. Listen to the i...more

  • Household Wealth Has Increased By 80% Since 2013

    Jan 30 2020

    Household wealth has recovered by over 80% since 2013, according to the Household Finance and Consumption Survey published by the Central Statistics Office today. The survey also finds that the top 10% of households have a net wealth of greater than €835,000, while the bottom 10% have a net wealth of less than €1,000. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, discussed this story and the day's other business news, including: A new report says the construction sector is in danger of overh...more

  • How Prepared Are We For The Coronavirus?

    Jan 30 2020

    The HSE has said that Ireland is "very well prepared" for a potential coronavirus outbreak, but that there have been no confirmed cases to date. The virus has killed 170 people so far in China, while cases have also been confirmed in several other countries. Priscilla Lynch, Clinical Editor of the Medical Independent, and Professor Sam McConkey, Head of the Department of International Health and Tropical Medicine at the RCSI, joined us to discuss the potential effects of an outbreak here. Listen...more

  • Election Debate: At What Age Should You Receive Your Pension?

    Jan 30 2020

    In today's election debate, we looked at the issue of pensions. At what age will you be able to retire, and how much will the State give you? We were joined by Regina Doherty, incumbent Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Joan Collins, Independent candidate for Dublin South-Central, Ged Nash, Labour spokesperson on employment and social protection, and Louise O'Reilly, Sinn Féin spokesperson on health, to discuss this. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play butto...more

  • Culture Club - Pete Best

    Jan 29 2020

    This week's Culture Club inductee is Pete Best, original drummer with The Beatles from 1960-1962. He will be at Dublin's Lost Lane on 29 March for An Audience with Pete Best. Tickets are €27. Pete joined us to discuss his favourite music, films, theatre and books. Favourite Song: Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel Favourite Album: Gene Vincent - Greatest Hits Favourite Band: U2 Best Gig: Bruno Mars Favourite Film: On the Waterfront Favourite Musical: The Phantom of the Opera Favourite Author: Wilbur...more

  • Apple Reports Record Sales And Profits In Last Quarter Of 2019

    Jan 29 2020

    Apple has reported record sales and profits in the last three months of 2019. Sales of iPhone rose by almost 8%, while sales of wearables such as watches and AirPods jumped 44%. Overall, Apple made about $79 billion from products and $12.7 billion from services such as Apple Pay, Apple TV+, Apple Arcade and the App store. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, brought us this story and more in our business round-up, including: Ryanair agrees a new four year pay deal with pilots in Ire...more

  • Election Debate: How Should We Tackle Crime?

    Jan 29 2020

    In today's election debate, we discussed crime and how it should be tackled. Have we experienced a surge in crime in recent years? And is the government applying sufficient resources into policing and criminal justice actions? Nicola Tallant, Investigations Editor with The Sunday World, Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, Jim O'Callaghan, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on justice and equality and TD for Dublin Bay South, and Gary Gannon, Social Democrats candidate for Dublin North-Central, joined u...more