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

  • KBC Fined €18.3 Million By Central Bank For Its Part In Tracker Mortgage Scandal

    Sep 24 2020

    Catch The Last Word on Business weeknights from 6pm on Today FM, with Capital Flow. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/24184157/LW-Business-24-September.mp3"][/audio]

  • Should The Government Be Paying Influencers To Spread COVID Message?

    Sep 24 2020

    The Government has spent a lot of money on its COVID-19 messaging, but has it succeeded in reaching people of all ages? Taoiseach Micheál Martin has suggested that social media influencers could be utilised to help make younger people more aware of COVID-19. But is this a good idea? Alexandra Ryan, founder and CEO of Goss.ie, and Fine Gael TD Neale Richmond joined us with their thoughts. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/24180339/LW-Influencers.mp3"][/audio]

  • Can Working From Home Revive Rural Communities?

    Sep 24 2020

    The pandemic has forced many people to work from home, and some businesses are considering the possibility of allowing employees to do so indefinitely. As more people leave urban areas and cut their commute times, could we see a revival of rural communities? Denis Naughten, Independent TD for Roscommon/Galway, is among a group of rural TDs proposing the introduction of a grant in next month's budget for working from home. He joined us along with Mary Connaughton, Director of CIPD Ireland, Anthon...more

  • Are Botox And Fillers Medically Safe, And How Do They Work?

    Sep 24 2020

    Botox and fillers have become increasingly popular. As well as being used for cosmetic purposes, they also play a role in a number of other medical and surgical procedures. But how do they work, how effective are they and what are the potential complications? Dr Doireann O'Leary, health blogger and GP with MyCorkGP, joined us for our weekly medical slot to discuss this. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/24170437/LW-Botox.mp3"][/audio]

  • Culture Club - Patrick Freyne

    Sep 23 2020

    This week's Culture Club inductee is Patrick Freyne, journalist and author of OK, Let's Do Your Stupid Idea. He spoke to Matt about his favourite music, TV shows, musicals, movies and books. First Single Ever Bought: Paul McCartney - Pipes of Peace Favourite Album: Pixies - Doolittle Best Gig: David Byrne and St Vincent at Electric Picnic in 2013 Favourite Musical: Hamilton Favourite TV Shows: The Monkees, Succession, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Favourite Movie: Children of Men Favourite Book/Autho...more

  • How To Cope With Further Restrictions And Looming Winter

    Sep 23 2020

    There have been warnings that Ireland is at the start of a second wave of COVID-19, and it looks like we could be living with the virus for quite some time. As winter approaches, and with further restrictions likely for certain counties, how do we look after our mental health? Helen Vaughan, psychotherapist and owner of Maynooth Counselling, joined us with some tips on how to cope, from recognising negative feelings to techniques for self-care this winter. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/...more

  • Mothers-To-Be Facing Continued Restrictions In Maternity Hospitals Because 'They're Working'

    Sep 23 2020

    Hospital visitor restrictions have been very difficult for many people during the pandemic, including expectant mothers. Partners of pregnant women have found themselves excluded from scans and labour wards in some hospitals, and this looks likely to continue as plans due to be announced this week will aim to introduce nationwide guidelines. Krysia Lynch, chair of the Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services Ireland, and Holly Cairns, Social Democrats TD for Cork South-West, joined...more

  • Zero Covid Policy Will Not Work, Oireachtas Committee Hears

    Sep 23 2020

    The Oireachtas Special Committee on Covid-19 Response has heard that a 'Zero Covid' policy will not work. Sweden's former state epidemiologist Johan Giesecke, now an advisor to the World Health Organization, told the committee that Ireland should consider allowing a controlled spread of the virus among those under the age of 60. Professor Kirsten Schaffer, president of the Irish Society of Clinical Microbiology, also addressed the committee. She joined us on The Last Word along with Priscilla Ly...more

  • Ian Brown Releases New COVID-19 Protest Song

    Sep 22 2020

    Ian Brown has become the latest musician to release a COVID-19 protest song, following in the footsteps of Van Morrison. The Stone Roses frontman's new song, 'Little Seed Big Tree', rails against lockdown, vaccines and masks, echoing his recent controversial tweets about the pandemic. Noel Gallagher has also expressed anti-mask sentiment, arguing that they're "pointless". John Caddell and Dee Reddy discussed this and more in our weekly music slot. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2...more

  • Trump Rushes To Fill Vacancy Left By Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Sep 22 2020

    US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday at the age of 87. In her 27 years on the bench, she became known as a champion of women's rights and other liberal causes. Her final statement, released after her death, read: "My most fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." However, Donald Trump suggested that the statement may have been faked by the Democrats, and he intends to nominate a successor "without delay". Cal Thomas and Lorcan Ny...more

  • Employers Group Says Calls For Paid Sick Leave During COVID-19 Are "Impractical" For Small Businesses

    Sep 22 2020

    The Dáil is due to debate the Sick Leave and Parental Leave (Covid-19) Bill 2020, which seeks to make sick pay a legal right. The bill would entitle employees to six weeks' sick pay at the same rate of annual leave, and would give parents the right to paid leave if their child has to stay home from school due to COVID-19. Marie Sherlock, Labour Party Senator and Employment Affairs spokesperson, joined us to explain why her party is in support of the issue. We were also joined by John Barry, Nati...more

  • Rise In COVID-19 Hospitalisations "Very Concerning"

    Sep 22 2020

    Further restrictions are being considered for Dublin and other counties as the number of COVID-19 infections is expected to continue rising over the coming days. Officials are closely monitoring the situation in Louth, Waterford, Limerick, Kildare, Leitrim, Donegal, Offaly and Wicklow. There are also concerns over a rise in hospital admissions. Priscilla Lynch, clinical editor of the Medical Independent, and Professor Sam McConkey, Infectious Disease Specialist at RCSI University of Medicine and...more

  • Should Gardaí Be Given More Powers To Break Up Illegal Raves?

    Sep 22 2020

    A video of an outdoor rave at the Oliver Bond flats in Dublin was widely shared across social media yesterday. The footage showed a crowd of around 100 people without face coverings failing to observe social distancing. Meanwhile another video was posted by a farmer in Meath, who found a large group of people having a rave on his land over the weekend. Should Gardaí be given extra powers to break up illegal gatherings such as these? Mary Seery Kearney, Fine Gael Senator for the Dublin South-Cent...more

  • The State Of Trump's Union - Janeé Harteau

    Sep 21 2020

    The State of Trump's Union is a 10-part series airing on The Last Word in the run-up to the US election in November. We'll be talking to a variety of people with informed views about the issues dividing and uniting the United States, where the country is politically, socially and economically, the dangers it's facing, where power lies and how it is used. This week's guest is Janeé Harteau, former Minneapolis Chief of Police. She spoke to Matt about attitudes to the police in America, systemic ra...more

  • Did Boris Johnson Go On A Secret Trip To Italy?

    Sep 21 2020

    Downing Street has denied media reports that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson went on a secret trip to Italy in the last fortnight. The claim was made in Italian newspaper La Republica. However, a Downing Street spokesperson said that Johnson had in fact attended his son's baptism at Westminster Cathedral on the weekend he is alleged to have been in Italy. Nick Ferrari, presenter of Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on LBC, joined us to talk about this story as well as the possibility of a second na...more

  • Teachers Consider Strike Action Due To COVID-19 Concerns

    Sep 21 2020

    The ASTI has said it is considering strike action due to COVID-19 safety concerns in secondary schools. Various issues have been raised since schools reopened, including physical distancing, testing turnaround times, availability of PPE and provisions for teachers in high-risk health categories. Kieran Christie, General Secretary of the ASTI, and Michael McLoughlin from Youth Work Ireland joined us to talk about these concerns. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/21170333/LW-T...more

  • The TV Show That Aims To Reunite People With Their First Love - Will It Work?

    Sep 18 2020

    Would you ever consider a reunion with your first love? That's the premise of a brand new TV show, aptly titled First Love, which starts on Virgin Media Television next week. The aim is to reunite Irish men and women with 'the one that got away'. But will it actually work, or are some relationships best left in the past? Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea gave their thoughts in our weekly TV slot. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/18184115/LW-First-Loves.mp3"][/audio]

  • Van Morrison Announces New Anti-Lockdown Songs And Accuses Government Of "Enslaving" Public

    Sep 18 2020

    Van Morrison has announced that he will release three new songs protesting against coronavirus restrictions. The singer described the UK government as "fascist bullies" and accused them of trying to "enslave" the public. He also claimed that scientists are making up "crooked facts" about the pandemic. Roe McDermott and Donal O'Donoghue discussed this and more in The Week Trending, including Jedward's Twitter spat with Piers Morgan and the assault on Tánaiste Leo Varadkar that was captured on cam...more

  • Hotels And Pubs Left Reeling From Latest Restrictions In Dublin

    Sep 18 2020

    As Dublin moves to level three restrictions, indoor dining at pubs, cafés and restaurants will be banned for the next three weeks. Wet pubs will also remain closed. But what will this mean for the hospitality sector, and for Dublin's economy? Will pubs and hotels refuse visitors from Dublin? Paul Gallagher, General Manager of Buswells Hotel in Dublin, and Padraig Cribben, Chief Executive of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, joined us to discuss this. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uplo...more

  • Dublin Moves To Level Three, With Additional Restrictions In Place

    Sep 18 2020

    The government has announced level three restrictions for Dublin for the next three weeks, having accepted NPHET's recommendation. People will be told to stay within the county, except for essential purposes such as work or education, and extra measures will also be introduced including the banning of indoor dining. Daniel McConnell, political editor of the Irish Examiner, and Dr Anthony Staines, professor of health systems at Dublin City University, joined us to discuss the restrictions in deta...more

  • All You Need To Know About The New Pandemic Unemployment Payment Bands

    Sep 17 2020

    Thousands of people receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will see their entitlement fall by up to €100 a week from today. The top rate for those laid off due to COVID-19 was previously €350 a week, which applied to those who had been earning more than €200 a week before the pandemic. However, the top rate will now fall to €300 for people who were previously earning over €300 a week, and there will also be a new rate of €250 for those whose pre-COVID earnings were between €200 and €300 a w...more

  • Should Novels With Racial Slurs Be Dropped From School Syllabus?

    Sep 17 2020

    The Department of Education has been urged to drop novels with 'racial slurs' from the Junior and Leaving Cert syllabuses in the wake of this year's Black Lives Matter protests. There have been a number of complaints in recent months about certain novels on the school curriculum, including Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, both of which contain use of the n-word. One parent of a black student stated that their child had found it "very uncomfortable" to list...more

  • 'Disease Reservoir' Dublin Heads To Level Three

    Sep 17 2020

    Dublin is facing three weeks of level 3 restrictions, with the Cabinet Committee on COVID-19 set to meet tomorrow morning to consider NPHET's recommendations. Over half of yesterday's confirmed cases were in the capital, which NPHET has described as a 'disease reservoir'. Will Dublin be cut off from the rest of the country? To discuss this we were joined by Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association of Ireland, Lorna Fitzpatrick, President of the Union of Students in Ireland,...more

  • What Is Eczema And How Can It Be Treated?

    Sep 17 2020

    Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is an inflammatory skin condition which affects one in five children and one in 12 adults in Ireland. Eczema is characterised mainly by itchy, dry skin and often runs in families. Dr Doireann O'Leary, health blogger and GP with MyCorkGP, joined us for our weekly medical slot to mark Eczema Awareness Month and tell us how to treat the condition. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/17171035/LW-Eczema.mp3"][/audio]

  • Culture Club - Manchán Magan

    Sep 16 2020

    This week's Culture Club inductee is Manchán Magan, author of Thirty-Two Words for Field. He spoke to Matt about his favourite books, music, movies, plays, TV shows and podcasts. Favourite Book: Thin Places by Kerri ní Dochartaigh First Single Ever Bought: Nena - 99 Luftballons Favourite Band/Album: Sigur Rós - Ágætis byrjun Best Gig: The Stars of Heaven in The Baggot Inn Favourite Movie: Les Amants du Pont-Neuf Favourite Play: Loch na hEala Favourite TV Shows: Chips, Weeds Favourite Podcast: 99...more

  • Leinster And Ireland Rugby Star Tadhg Furlong On Life In Lockdown On The Family Farm

    Sep 16 2020

    Leinster and Ireland rugby star Tadhg Furlong is offering his support to INNOVATE, which has just launched a new service for companies struggling with IT challenges presented by digitalisation and the impact of COVID-19. Furlong is also returning to rugby after being kept out of action with a back injury. He joined us on The Last Word to talk about his injury and life in lockdown on the family farm in Wexford. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/16175951/LW-Tadhg-Furlong.mp3"]...more

  • As Dublin Heads For Level 3 Lockdown, What Does That Mean For The People Who Live And Work There?

    Sep 16 2020

    Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe has said there is a "strong possibility" of Dublin moving to level three in the government's new plan for living with COVID-19. There has been concern about rising case numbers in the capital in recent weeks, and acting chief medical officer Dr Ronan Glynn has warned that we could see as many as 300 daily cases there by the end of the month if the current rate of spread continues. Priscilla Lynch, clinical editor of the Medical Independent, Professor Sam McCo...more

  • Long Spells At Home For Third-Level Students Mean Bigger Bills For Parents

    Sep 16 2020

    Students are facing long spells at home this year, with remote learning replacing face-to-face classes in many cases. The increased reliance on technology will mean additional costs for parents. But what kind of financial assistance is available? Charlie Weston, personal finance editor of the Irish Independent, joined us to discuss this and recommend the best broadband and mobile phone deals for remote learners. He also explained why local property tax changes have been delayed for another year....more

  • What Is The SIM Swap Scam And How Can You Protect Yourself?

    Sep 15 2020

    SIM swap fraud is becoming increasingly common, and it has resulted in people losing substantial amounts of money. The scam involves criminals taking control of your phone number and using it to gain access to your bank account by intercepting authorisation codes. But how do they manage to do this, and what can you do to protect yourself? Andy O'Donoghue joined us for Tech Tuesday with more detail. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/15182145/LW-Sim-Swap.mp3"][/audio]

  • Donald Trump Says Climate Change Science Is Wrong

    Sep 15 2020

    The US states of California, Oregon and Washington are continuing to battle wildfires, which have claimed at least 36 lives so far. In a meeting with officials in California yesterday, President Donald Trump questioned the science of climate change, saying: "I don't think science knows, actually. It'll start getting cooler. You just watch." He also told reporters that he believed the fires were the result of bad forest management rather than climate change. Cal Thomas and Marion McKeone joined u...more

  • Many Students Will Rent Accommodation On a Part-Time Basis This Year

    Sep 15 2020

    Students starting, or returning to, college over the next few weeks are facing many uncertainties. Social distancing requirements will ensure that the third level experience is completely different to previous years. According to a new report from Daft.ie, rents for students across the country have remained largely unchanged, and many students are considering renting accommodation on a part-time basis. Kevin McStravock, deputy president of the Union of Students in Ireland, and Harry McCann from ...more

  • Health Minister Refuses To Rule Out Dublin Moving To Level 3 Next Week

    Sep 15 2020

    The government has published its new medium-term plan for living with COVID-19. Five different levels of restrictions have been introduced, with the whole country currently at level two, though additional measures have been put in place in Dublin. Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly joined us on The Last Word to clarify what this means, but refused to rule out the possibility of Dublin moving to level three next week. Priscilla Lynch, clinical editor of the Medical Independent, Daniel McConnell...more

  • The State Of Trump's Union: What's Happening With The Irish-American Vote?

    Sep 14 2020

    The State of Trump's Union is a 10-part series airing on The Last Word in the run-up to the US election in November. We'll be talking to a variety of people with informed views about the issues dividing and uniting the United States, where the country is politically, socially and economically, the dangers it's facing, where power lies and how it is used. This week we spoke to Irish sports journalist and author Dave Hannigan, who has been living in the United States for 20 years. Dave discussed t...more

  • Lifting The Lid On John Delaney's Excessive Spending As FAI Boss

    Sep 14 2020

    John Delaney resigned from his role as executive vice-president of the FAI last year, as details emerged of excessive spending. Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan, who broke these stories in The Sunday Times, have now written a book called Champagne Football, which looks at Delaney's career and the rise and fall of the FAI. They joined us on The Last Word to lift the lid on Delaney's extraordinary expenditure. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/14180833/LW-John-Delaney.mp3"][/audio]

  • The Woman Who Faced Being Fired From An Garda Síochána For Having Sex

    Sep 14 2020

    In the 1980s, 21-year-old Garda recruit Majella Moynihan faced criminal charges when she became pregnant after having premarital sex with another member of the force. She was threatened with dismissal from An Garda Síochána and was pressured into giving her baby up for adoption. Majella has told her story in a new book, A Guarded Life: My Story of the Dark Side of An Garda Síochána. She joined Matt on The Last Word to talk about her treatment and the trauma she endured as a result. [audio mp3="h...more

  • What Should Be In the Government's 9-Month Plan For Living With COVID?

    Sep 14 2020

    The Government is preparing to release its nine-month plan for living with COVID-19. It will replace the existing roadmap for reopening the country and will feature new restrictions based on the levels of the virus in different regions. But what should be in the plan, and how it is going to work? Priscilla Lynch, clinical editor of the Medical Independent, Dr Tomás Ryan, Associate Professor in the School of Biochemistry and Immunology at Trinity College, and Dan O'Brien, chief economist at the I...more

  • Why Reality TV Fans Will No Longer Be Keeping Up With The Kardashians

    Sep 11 2020

    After 14 years and 20 seasons, Keeping Up With The Kardashians is coming to an end. Kim Kardashian West made the announcement on Instagram, saying that she "wouldn't be where I am today" without the reality show, which brought her family international fame. The final season will conclude early next year. Why have viewers been so captivated by the Kardashians over the years? Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea discussed this and more in our weekly TV slot, including tonight's stellar Late Late Show li...more

  • Fianna Fáil TDs Criticise Micheál Martin's Lack Of Leadership

    Sep 11 2020

    Taoiseach Micheál Martin is facing criticism from fellow Fianna Fáil TDs over his apparent lack of leadership. In a parliamentary party meeting, he was urged to stop conducting joint press conferences with Leo Varadkar and to end the daily COVID-19 briefings as they were scaring the public. He was also told that ministers should take the lead on informing the public about the latest guidelines. Daniel McConnell, political editor of the Irish Examiner, and Gary Murphy, Professor of Politics in th...more

  • CAO Points Surge For Most College Courses After Calculated Grading

    Sep 11 2020

    CAO points requirements have surged for most college courses, despite a 12% increase in the number of available places. The calculated grading system, which replaced this year's Leaving Cert exams, resulted in average grade inflation of 4.4%. Has this led to points inflation when it comes to CAO offers, and have high-achieving schools lost out? Guidance counsellor Betty McLaughlin and Arthur Godsil, former headmaster of St Andrew's College and director of Godsil Education, joined us to talk abou...more

  • Bradley Wiggins In Trouble For Trying To Claim Irish Cyclist Sam Bennett As British

    Sep 11 2020

    Bradley Wiggins has been criticised for attempting to claim Irish cyclist Sam Bennett as British. Speaking on Eurosport after Bennett won a stage of the Tour de France, Wiggins said, "We can almost consider him British." He then turned to Sean Kelly, who was also appearing on the programme, and added: "I know that you lot won't like that, will you?" Wiggins continued: "At least we can understand what he's saying, we can't understand what you're saying Sean, can we?" Brianna Parkins and Eoghan To...more

  • Are The Oscars' New Diversity Guidelines Tokenistic?

    Sep 10 2020

    The Oscars have often been criticised for their lack of diversity. In an effort to combat this, the Academy has introduced new eligibility requirements for the best picture category. Underrepresented groups including women, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities need to be represented in at least two areas, on and off-screen, for a film to qualify as a nominee. Dee Molumby and Paddy Cullivan joined us for The Last Word on Movies to discuss whether this will actually wo...more

  • Alastair Campbell: "I'm Constantly Struggling With Suicidal Thoughts"

    Sep 10 2020

    Alastair Campbell was former British Prime Minister Tony Blair's chief strategist from 1994 to 2003. He has spoken candidly about his struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts, which he details in a new book, Living Better: How I Learned to Survive Depression. He joined Matt on The Last Word to talk about his condition and its impact on his family, how he learned to manage it, and his hope that writing about it will help create a better understanding of mental health. [audio mp3="https://me...more

  • Trump Admits To 'Playing Down' Covid Threat

    Sep 10 2020

    Donald Trump has admitted that he knowingly played down COVID-19, even though he was aware it was life-threatening and vastly more serious than the seasonal flu. He made the admission to journalist Bob Woodward in an audio interview recorded for his forthcoming book, Rage. Trump has now told reporters that he downplayed the virus because he didn't want to cause panic. Cal Thomas joined us to discuss these latest revelations. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/10174618/LW-Trum...more

  • How To Manage Your Asthma Successfully

    Sep 10 2020

    Asthma is an inflammatory lung condition which causes narrowing of the airways. Many people find that their symptoms are exacerbated at this time of year. It is a serious condition which affects 890,000 people in Ireland at some stage in their lives, including one in five children. There is an asthma-related death in Ireland every six days. However, this can be avoided by ensuring good control of symptoms and reducing risk associated with the disease. Dr Doireann O'Leary, health blogger and GP ...more

  • Culture Club - Vicky Phelan

    Sep 09 2020

    This week's Culture Club inductee is CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan. She joined Matt to talk about her favourite music, movies, musicals, books and TV shows. First Single Ever Bought: Wham! - Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go Favourite Albums: The Stunning - Paradise in the Picturehouse, Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill, Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way Best Gig: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Slane in 2003 Favourite Movie: Back to the Future Favourite Musicals: Matilda, The Greatest Showman ...more

  • Richard Osman On His Journey From TV Quiz Guru To Bestselling Crime Thriller Writer

    Sep 09 2020

    Richard Osman is best known as the co-host of the BBC game show Pointless. He has now turned his hand to crime fiction writing with the publication of his debut novel, The Thursday Murder Club. The book follows four elderly friends living in a retirement village who team up to solve a series of cold cases. When a local property developer is murdered, they find themselves investigating their first live case. Film rights were sold to Steven Spielberg's production company Amblin Partners before a s...more

  • Five COVID-19 Rip-Offs To Avoid

    Sep 09 2020

    The pandemic has created huge difficulties for many businesses, but are some companies attempting to take advantage of the consumer? Charlie Weston, personal finance editor of the Irish Independent, joined us with some COVID-19 rip-offs to avoid. These include surging prices for staycations, taxi charges for airport drop-offs, rising energy prices, companies passing on VAT refunds and businesses charging extra for 'safety tariffs'. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/09170307/...more

  • Pubs To Reopen But Dublin And Limerick At Risk Of Limits On Home Visits

    Sep 09 2020

    As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Dublin and Limerick, restrictions on home visits in these counties could be considered. It comes as 307 new cases were confirmed on Tuesday, the highest number since mid-May. If things continue to worsen, how will this affect the planned reopening of pubs on 21 September? Priscilla Lynch, clinical editor with the Medical Independent, and Professor Gerry Killeen from the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University College Cork, joined...more

  • The Story Of Ireland's Youngest Member Of Witness Protection

    Sep 08 2020

    At 19 years old, Joey O'Callaghan was the youngest person in Irish history enter the Witness Protection Programme. Barely out of primary school when he was groomed into a life of crime, he is the subject of a new book by Nicola Tallant called The Witness. Nicola joined us on The Last Word along with Joey's mother, Mary O'Callaghan, to tell his story. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/09/08184544/LW-Witness.mp3"][/audio]

  • Trump Denies He Called Dead Soldiers 'Suckers'

    Sep 08 2020

    Donald Trump has denied making disparaging comments about dead soldiers during his trip to Paris in 2018. According to a story in The Atlantic, four sources close to the US President claim he cancelled a visit to an American military cemetery outside Paris because he thought the soldiers were "losers" and "suckers", and because he didn't want the rain to mess up his hair. The story has sparked widespread condemnation, but US veterans and soldiers are divided in their views on what Trump may, or ...more