Apple's recently launched credit card is under investigation by financial regulators for apparently discriminating against women. Customers have complained that the card's lending algorithms are offering less credit to women than to men. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Sunday Business Post, joined us for The Last Word's daily business round-up with this story and more, including: Prepaid Financial Services in Navan sold for €327 million Walgreens could be sold for $70 billion Construction act...more
In our Monday debate, we discussed the future of Direct Provision in Ireland and how to make the system fit for purpose. There are just over 6,000 people living in 38 Direct Provision centres around Ireland, and a further 1,500 living in emergency accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs. We were joined by Ellie Kisyombe, who is currently living in Direct Provision, Adrian Shanagher, owner of the Grand Hotel Direct Provision centre in Wicklow, Conal Thomas, reporter with thejournal.ie, and Fion...more
As an obstetrician and former Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Dr Peter Boylan has spent his career working for women's health in Ireland. He was also involved in public debate during the referendum on the Eighth Amendment. He has now written his autobiography, In the Shadow of the Eighth, which deals with these issues. He spoke to us on The Last Word about the status of the new National Maternity Hospital, the impact of the Eighth Amendment and how things have changed for women in Ire...more
How will Ireland cope with the long-term effects of climate change? Gerald Fleming, formerly of Met Éireann, is the presenter of a new programme called Will Ireland Survive 2050? which airs on RTÉ tonight at 9.35pm. He joined us on The Last Word to answer this question and explain what we might expect in the future. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Following on from our tribute to Gay Byrne earlier in the week, as part of our weekly TV slot Jennifer Gannon and Daniel Cahill discussed their favourite clips from the legendary broadcaster's career in RTÉ. They also spoke about the recent announcement from the state broadcaster, that its top presenters will take a 15% pay cut as part of cost saving measures, as well as the problems around their streaming service. Will RTÉ have to update the Player, in order to stay relevant in the increasingly...more
Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: Michaella McCollum, one of the 'Peru Two', talks about her experience of serving prison time in Peru and why she wants to start her life afresh now… Andy O’Donoghue takes us through the Facebook rebrand – but how popular is the social network? Our resident GP, Ray Walley, gives advice as to how we can build up our immune system as the winter weather sets in… And this week’s inductee in to our Culture Club is music...more
Earlier this week, the Leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, came under fire for comments he made in relation to Grenfell Tower. In an interview with LBC radio on Monday, Rees-Mogg said that victims of the fire at Grenfell, should have used 'common sense' and left the building rather than listen to the advise of the London Fire Brigade to stay in the building. What has been the reaction to Rees-Mogg's comments? Caitlin McBride and Lorcan Nyhan discussed this story and more in The Week...more
Broadcasting legend Gay Byrne has died age 85. Byrne was ill for some time, after being diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016. He presented RTÉ's The Late Late Show for 37 years and will be remembered for dragging Ireland out of the dark ages, by constantly challenging the taboos of 20th Century Ireland. Joining us to discuss the life and legacy of the broadcaster are, Terry Prone, friend and former colleague, Michaél Martin, leader of Fianna Fáil, RTÉ broadcaster Joe Duffy, broadcast historia...more
McDonald's Corporation announced on Sunday that it had fired its Chief Executive, Steve Easterbrook, over a recent ‘consensual relationship’ with an employee. The company deemed that the relationship violated its company policy. Easterbrook was chief executive of the fast food giant since 2015. In a statement made by the company, it said that Easterbrook had “demonstrated poor judgment” for being involved in a relationship with the employee. Ian Guider joined us for our daily business round-up t...more
Facebook announced yesterday that it is introducing new branding for the company. The social media giant said the aim of the new logo, was to distinguish between Facebook the company, which also owns Whatsapp and Instagram and Facebook the social media website and app. The logo will feature the company name in capital letters, with the colours from Instagram, Whatsapp and Facebook included. Andy O'Donohoe joined us for Tech Tuesday to discuss the reaction to the branding and what was behind Face...more
Michaella McCollum came to notability as one of the two women caught trying to smuggle 11kg of cocaine out of Peru’s capital Lima in August 2013. At the age of 20, McCollum served just over two years in Peru's 'Ancon 2' prison and was released in 2016. The Co Tyrone woman has now written You’ll Never See Daylight Again, a memoir detailing her experience as a drug mule and the time she spent in the Peruvian jail. McCollum joined Matt in studio to discuss the book and being one of the infamous 'Pe...more
In an interview with BBC Northern Ireland's 'Spotlight', Quinn Industrial Holdings (QIH) executive Kevin Lunney recounted the horrific torture that he experienced , when he was kidnapped in September this year. The father of six, was taken from outside his home in Co. Fermanagh and was later dumped on the side of the road in Co. Cavan, after he had been doused in bleach, his leg broken and the letters QIH cut into his chest. On today's show, we looked back at Lunney's emotional interview with th...more
A new bilateral agreement with China was finalised in Beijing today. As part of the deal, Irish whiskey has secured 'geographic indication', a legal protection which means only whiskey produced in Ireland can carry the Irish whiskey label. This protection will also cover Irish cream liqueurs and will provide legal recourse, for action to be taken against fake Irish whiskey and cream liqueurs that appear on the Chinese market. Ian Guider joined us to discuss this story and others for today's busi...more
RTÉ today announced that it is planning to cut 200 jobs as part of a major restructuring of the state broadcaster. In a move to try and reduce costs at RTÉ, top presenters will take a 15% pay cut and it's studio in Limerick close. There was speculation that Lyric FM would close as part of the cost saving measures, however it was confirmed that the station will be saved. Adrian Lynch, RTÉ's director of audience, channels and marketing, joined us in studio to take us through today's announcement....more
IKEA announced that it hit the €200 million sales mark in Ireland, up 12% this financial year. Over 30 million visits were made to IKEA in Ireland, since it opened in 2009. The home furnishings retailer also saw an increase in its online sales by 86%, with 18 million visits to it's site this year. Ian Guider joined us for our daily business round-up to discuss this story and more, including: The EU ups its forecast for the Irish economy Consumer prices rose by just under 1% last month Kerry Gr...more
The Mansion House will turn purple tomorrow to mark ‘Intersex Day of Solidarity’. Intersex people are people that are born with sex characteristics that don’t meet medical and social norms for female or male bodies. As a result of this, Intersex people suffer stigma and discrimination in society. It is thought that approximately 1.78% of the population are intersex, with Crumlin Children’s Hospital seeing 2-3 new disorders of sexual development cases every year. Joining us to discuss what it is ...more
This week's Culture Club inductee is legendary songwriter Phil Coulter, who wrote rugby anthem, Ireland's Call. He joined us on The Last Word to discuss his favourite movies, books, plays, music and TV shows. Favourite TV shows: Top of the Pops in his youth. Now, it's Poirot. Favourite Movie: The Magnificent Seven Favourite Plays/Musicals: West Side Story Favourite Band: Eagles Favourite Album: ‘Graceland’ by Paul Simon First Single Ever Bought: Da Doo Ron Ron by the Crystals Best Gig: Eagles - ...more
The directors at Quinn Industrial Holdings, have said they have called on the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris to establishment a dedicated special cross border task force. The call comes after businessman Kevin Lunney, was attacked and tortured in September of this year. The firm's directors met with Commissioner Harris today and have welcomed the recent increase in police resourcing. They also said that Friday was the first time since the establishment of QIH five years ago, that its management ...more
Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: Michael Sheridan discusses the possibility of digital driver's licences and more in our motoring slot Eoin Larkin, eight-time All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny, talks about his battle with depression Should we be saving for our funerals? Ciara Leahy discusses the cost of dying in our weekly personal finance slot This week's inductee to the Culture Club is Ireland's Children's Laureate, Sarah Crossan. She shares her...more
Kanye West's new album, Jesus Is King, was discussed in-depth during our music slot this week. He has now spoken to James Corden about his new-found belief in God in a special edition of Carpool Karaoke called Airpool Karaoke, which takes place on a flight to Los Angeles rather than in a car. Among other things, Kanye attributes his $68 million tax refund to a higher power. Does he really believe what he's saying, or is he trying to appeal to a particular audience? Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea...more
Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae clocked into the Dáil on the same day he was in Kerry for a funeral, according to an Irish Independent report. Healy-Rae missed keynote speeches to the Dáil by EU leaders Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier, but was recorded as attending both days. But how could he be in two places at once? Jerry O'Sullivan, presenter of the Kerry Today programme on Radio Kerry, joined us to discuss the story. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this...more
British Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has called actor Hugh Grant "incredibly rude" for refusing to shake his hand at a film premiere. Responding on Twitter, Grant explained that he declined the handshake because of Javid's "rude and dismissive" attitude to press abuse victims when he met them as culture secretary. Is it ever okay to refuse to shake someone's hand, even if you dislike what they stand for? Brianna Parkins and Niall Shanahan discussed this story and more in The Week Tren...more
Looking for some scary movies to watch this Halloween? Brian Lloyd and Dee Molumby from entertainment.ie joined us for our weekly movies slot to give their recommendations. They also reviewed new releases Doctor Sleep and Sorry We Missed You. The Shining (1980) The Fly (1986) The Thing (1982) The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Suspiria (1977) It's Alive (1974) Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Dublin Chamber is calling for the acceptance of credit and debit card payments in taxis to be made mandatory. A submission was made to the National Transport Authority this week. It argues that the move would be a significant step towards having an accessible and modern transport system for Dublin and Ireland's other main cities. Ian Guider joined us for our daily business round-up with this and the following other stories: China publishes list of Irish meat plants approved for export Glanbia s...more
Film director Stephen Bradley was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in 2016, just after moving back to Ireland from London. He has now written his memoir, Shooting and Cutting: A Survivor's Guide to Filmmaking and Other Diseases. Stephen joined us on The Last Word to discuss his illness and why he believes returning to Ireland helped save his life. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Many of us will be enjoying Halloween tonight, but have you ever considered the environmental impact it has? Research from the UK has found that the equivalent of 83 million bottles' worth of plastic will be used and dumped at Halloween, while 7 million costumes will be thrown away afterwards. Environmental journalist John Gibbons joined us to discuss these concerns and how to minimise Halloween waste, including making better use of pumpkins. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play ...more
This week's Culture Club inductee is writer Sarah Crossan, who is Ireland's Children's Laureate for 2018-2020. She joined us on The Last Word to discuss her favourite TV shows, movies, plays, music and books. Favourite TV shows: My So-Called Life, Fleabag Favourite Movie: Dirty Dancing Favourite Plays/Musicals: The Seafarer, Macbeth, Hamilton Favourite Band: Arctic Monkeys Favourite Album: Damien Rice - O First Single Ever Bought: Angry Anderson - Suddenly Best Gig: Kate Tempest at Camden Roundh...more
The amount of available office space in Dublin has dropped to its lowest level since 2002. New figures from Cushman & Wakefield show that the amount of immediately available space from July to September was down almost a third on last year, with the influx of tech office lettings from the likes of Google, Facebook and LinkedIn putting pressure on supply. Ian Guider joined us for our daily business round-up to discuss this story and more, including: Google looking to take on even more office...more
Broadcaster and lawyer James Zirin has written a new book which gives an insight into Donald Trump's life before he became President of the United States. Plaintiff in Chief: A Portrait of Donald Trump in 3,500 Lawsuits explains how Trump used the legal system to achieve success. James Zirin joined us on The Last Word to discuss this history of lawsuits and why it all matters. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
What should you do if you're feeling tired all the time? This common problem is responsible for 10% of GP consultations and can have a number of different causes, ranging from underlying medical conditions to lack of sleep, overworking or not getting enough exercise. Dr Ray Walley joined us for our weekly medical consultation to discuss some of the most common reasons for feeling tired all the time and how to overcome it. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
After several delays, Kanye West's new album Jesus Is King has finally arrived. As its title suggests, the album reflects West's recent turn to religion. He said in an interview that his job is now "to spread the gospel, to let people know what Jesus has done for me". But will it be too much for his fans? John Caddell and Dee Reddy discussed this and more in our music slot. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Thousands of 50p coins produced to commemorate Brexit on 31 October will be melted down after Boris Johnson accepted a three-month extension from the EU. The coins had already been minted so they could be put into circulation as soon as the UK left the EU. It has been confirmed that a commemorative coin will still be produced when Brexit does eventually take place. Ian Guider discussed this and the day's other business stories, including: Further death threats are directed at Quinn Industrial H...more
Questions have been raised about Donald Trump's dramatic description of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's death. US special forces carried out a raid on Baghdadi's compound in Syria and his death was announced in a press conference on Sunday, with Trump claiming Baghdadi "died like a dog" and was "whimpering, crying and screaming all the way". However, the United States' most senior military official General Mark Milley was unable to corroborate this description. Cal Thomas and Marion ...more
The two boys convicted of murdering Ana Kriegel are to be sentenced next week. Speaking at the Central Criminal Court today, Ana's mother Geraldine described life without her daughter as "a misery that we must endure for the rest of our lives". The court also heard that Boy A accepts causing Ana's death, but continues to deny sexually assaulting her, while Boy B does not accept the jury's verdict and denies any part in what happened. Courts correspondent Frank Greaney, who covered the trial on T...more
Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: Three-times Oscar nominated actor Mark Ruffalo tells us why he opposed government plans to allow fracking Eamon Dunphy becomes the latest inductee to The Last Word Culture Club. He shares his favourite books, movies, TV shows and music Andy O'Donoghue on the advantages and disadvantages of SIM-only phone deals John Caddell and Dee Reddy welcome the return of the Sugababes in our music slot — and John explains why ...more
Former Gogglebox star Scarlett Moffatt and her family have been criticised for their new Channel 4 series, British Tribe Next Door, which sees them living alongside a Namibian tribe. While the tribe carry on with their traditions, the Moffatts live in an exact replica of their own house, where they continue to enjoy their usual home comforts. Is the series exploitative and condescending, as many viewers have suggested? Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea talked about this and more in our weekly TV sl...more
Would you support the introduction of pre-book only trains to deal with overcrowding? This is something Irish Rail is considering for particularly busy routes. Meanwhile it has been confirmed that additional carriages to tackle capacity issues will not be introduced until at least 2021. Is Irish Rail maximising the capacity that is available? To discuss this we were joined by Barry Kenny, communications manager with Irish Rail, and Mark Gleeson of Rail Users Ireland. Listen to the interview in f...more
Oxford University's student union has banned clapping at events to avoid triggering anxiety. It's to be replaced by 'jazz hands', a gesture which is used in British Sign Language as a substitute for applause. Does it make for a more inclusive environment, or does it pander to so-called 'snowflakes'? Lorcan Nyhan and Lise Hand discussed this and more in The Week Trending. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
It's been revealed that An Garda Síochána spent €14,000 on snack bags and sandwiches for its members during Donald Trump's two-day visit to Doonbeg over the summer. This was part of the overall €107,625 catering payment made to the Trump Doonbeg resort. Is it an excessive amount of money? Rita McInerney, a local businesswoman in Doonbeg and Fianna Fáil candidate in the general election, gave us her views. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by the United States House of Representatives financial services committee over Facebook's ad fact-checking policy. Zuckerberg, who was due to discuss the launch of Facebook's cryptocurrency project Libra, found himself subject to questions from lawmakers about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Facebook's reluctance to police political advertising. To discuss this, we were joined by Katherine O'Keefe, data protection consultant at Castlebridge, and Gavin Sheridan, C...more
How long should it take for a ambulance to reach you in an emergency? Health Information and Quality Authority guidelines suggest that ambulances should arrive at life-threatening emergencies in under 19 minutes in 80% of cases. But new figures released under the Freedom of Information Act show that ambulances took at least one hour to respond to life-threatening emergencies on 123 occasions so far this year, and on one occasion in Mayo, it took nearly four hours. Brendan Flynn, NASRA Union Repr...more
This week's inductee to our Culture Club is Eamon Dunphy, journalist, broadcaster and host of The Stand podcast. He joined us to talk about his favourite music, movies, TV shows and books. Favourite Book: The Outsider by Albert Camus Favourite TV shows: That Was The Week That Was, The Loudest Voice Favourite Movie: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest Favourite Album: Maria Callas - Collection Best Gig: Bob Dylan private gig at Vicar Street in 2000 Favourite Band: The Beatles Listen to the interview ...more
Up to 320 people are set to lose their jobs at pharmaceutical giant Novartis in Cork, as part of a global restructuring. They were among 550 workers at the company's Ringaskiddy campus. Ian Guider discussed this and the day's other business stories, including: INM to close its Citywest printing plant WeWork is reportedly pulling out of two Dublin office deals Household debt continues to decline but remains fifth highest in the EU Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on t...more
Back pain is considered to be the most costly and disabling health condition in the world. However, only 1% of people with back pain have a disc problem. Dr Ray Walley says a holistic approach should be taken when it comes to treating back pain, which involves looking at factors such as diet, sleep, how you walk, flexibility and body mass index. Although rest used to be advised as a form of treatment, this is no longer the case. Instead the emphasis is on strengthening your core and muscles and ...more
New research has found that one in 10 children receive sugary treats every day. A study conducted by Safefood and University College Dublin shows that a fifth of the Irish children's calorie intake is made up of foods which are high in fat, sugar and salt. As well as this, 42% of parents say they reward their children with treats for good behaviour. Dr Aileen McGloin, Director of Marketing and Commuications at Safefood, and Jen Hogan, author, blogger, Irish Times parenting columnist and mother o...more
Thin Lizzy have been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are one of 16 acts on the shortlist for next year's induction ceremony, which takes place in Cleveland, Ohio. The other nominees include Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, The Doobie Brothers and the Notorious B.I.G. In order to be be eligible for nomination, an artist must have released their first commercial recording at least 25 years beforehand. But is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame really relevant?...more
An Post has launched its first Gender Pay Gap Report and Action Plan. It shows that the company's gender pay gap has dropped to 3.71% and that its previously all-male Management Board is now 50% male and 50% female. Ian Guider discussed this story and more in our daily business round-up, including: Molex in Shannon to close, with 500 jobs lost WeWork to be taken over Just Eat has rejected a £5 billion takeover bid Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page. The La...more
Donald Trump has changed his mind about hosting the next G7 summit at his own Doral resort in Miami, blaming "irrational hostility" from the media and the Democrats. In a tweet, Trump added that he had been willing to host the summit at Doral at "no profit" and "no cost to the USA". Speaking to reporters yesterday, he also claimed that other presidents had done business from the White House, despite no evidence to suggest this was the case. Cal Thomas and Marion McKeone discussed this story and ...more
A new mobile network has been launched, operated by Eir. GoMo is offering €10 a month for life to the first 100,000 people who sign up to its plan. This includes unlimited calls and texts and 80 GB of data. But are you better off on a SIM-only plan rather than a contract? Andy O'Donohoe joined us for Tech Tuesday to discuss the best phone packages available. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Ireland are out of the Rugby World Cup after a disappointing 46-14 defeat to New Zealand. It also marks the end of Joe Schmidt's time in charge. Was it inevitable, given how poorly Ireland have performed in 2019? And is there a lot of rebuilding now required? Fiona Steed, Matt Williams and Neil Francis joined us on Friday to look ahead to the game, and they returned to The Last Word to reflect on what went wrong. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.