This week's Culture Club inductee is novelist Colum McCann. His new novel, Apeirogon, is out now, and he will be appearing at the Mountains to Sea Book Festival on 27 March. He joined us on The Last Word to talk about his favourite books, plays, TV shows and music. Favourite Books/Authors: James Joyce, Coming Through Slaughter by Michael Ondaatje Favourite Play: Anything by Samuel Beckett Favourite TV show: Match of the Day Favourite Movie: Everything in this Country Must Best Gig: Thin Lizzy at...more
The world's biggest spirits maker Diageo says it will take a £200 million hit to profits from the coronavirus outbreak as much of its Asian market goes into lockdown. Trade has been affected in China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand as events have been postponed, conferences and banquets cut and tourism has dropped off. Sales in airports have also been impacted by a fall in the number of people travelling. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us for our daily business update t...more
Abdominal bloating is a very common complaint. One of the main causes is Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which can be triggered by certain foods. Other causes can include stress, gas-producing foods, gluten, swallowing air, smoking, chewing gum or drinking carbonated beverages. Dr Doireann O'Leary joined us for our weekly medical consultation to give some advice on what to do about bloating, and how to manage IBS if it turns out to be the cause. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play but...more
When TV presenter Phillip Schofield came out as gay recently, the news got a huge reaction both in Britain and Ireland, particularly as he is a married man with children. It was a story that hit close to home for journalist and life coach Alana Kirk, who discovered her own husband was gay five years ago. Alana joined us on The Last Word to tell her story and discuss how she has coped with it. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Alanis Morrissette has announced a show at Dublin's 3Arena as part of her European tour in October. The tour marks 25 years since the release of her platinum-selling album, Jagged Little Pill. She is also due to release a new album, Such Pretty Forks In The Road, in May. Tickets for the Dublin show go on sale this Friday at 9am. John Caddell and Dee Reddy discussed this and more in our weekly music slot, including U2 being named as the world's highest grossing live act of the decade, new music f...more
Dalata, the country's biggest hotel chain, says it has so far seen no impact of the coronavirus on bookings. The group's revenues for the year to the end of December rose by 9.3% to €429.2 million, mainly due to the addition of 1,692 rooms to its portfolio in Ireland and the UK. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, discussed this story and more in our daily round-up of the business news, including: Stock markets plunge over coronavirus fears Easons acquires Dubray books Manchester U...more
As the coronavirus spreads to more countries around the world, Donald Trump has been downplaying its impact on the US stock market. Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh has claimed the outbreak is being "weaponised" by the media to bring down Trump, and compared the virus to the common cold. Cal Thomas and Marion McKeone joined us to discuss this story and more from the United States. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
A new wave of millennial parents are adopting 'smart' technology for their babies. But is it any use? Andy O'Donoghue joined us for Tech Tuesday to discuss some of the best parenting tech out there. Cybex e-PRIAM Electric Stroller - €1430 Owlet Smart Sock & Cam - €322 SensorSafe Car Seat Clip Suzy Snooze Night Light & Sleep Trainer - €11 Lily Loco Location Tracker Sammy Screamer - €40 Tony Tempa - Smart Thermometer - €46 Hungry Henry: Smart Feed Warmer - €94 EZVIZ Baby Monitor Camera - €...more
The owner of Penneys and Primark has warned of a risk of supply shortages on some clothing lines later this year if delays in factory production in China are prolonged because of the coronavirus. Associated British Foods sources more than 40% of Primark's product from China. The group said it was working closely with its Chinese suppliers to assess the impact of the virus on their factories and supply chains and their ability to fulfil its current orders. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Busine...more
Sinn Féin are holding the first of their planned public meetings in Cork this evening. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has spoken out against the rallies, describing them as the next phase in Sinn Féin's "campaign of intimidation and bullying". He accused Sinn Féin of behaving as if they had won a majority, and added that the party had "a casual relationship with democracy". Daniel McConnell, political editor of The Irish Examiner, discussed these latest developments. Listen to the interview in full by p...more
Almost two thirds of Irish workers are disengaged from their job, according to research from the professional services firm Aon. The survey also found that most workers don't believe their overall pay and rewards package meets their needs, and women are significantly more likely to feel dissatisfied at work and to be considering a move. We spoke to workplace psychologist Sinead Brady and John Barry, Managing Director of Management Support Services, about these findings. Listen to the interview i...more
AIB has become the latest bank to cut its mortgage rates. It has announced that its fixed mortgage interest rates will be reduced by about 0.3%, the second reduction in less than a year. KBC and Ulster Bank also previously announced cuts to their own fixed rates. But will the banks be able to make profits from lower rates? Charlie Weston, personal finance editor of The Irish Independent, and Karl Deeter from Irish Mortgage Brokers joined us to discuss this. Listen to the interview in full by pre...more
Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: We meet Philip Rucker, co-author of the new insider book on Donald Trump, A Very Stable Genius. Dee Reddy and John Caddell take a look back at some of the best Bond songs from over the years, and review the latest one from Billie Eilish. We discuss the tragic passing of TV presenter Caroline Flack with a panel of voices including Nick Ferrari, Brian Cathcart, actress Stephanie Davis and psychotherapist Stella O'Ma...more
EastEnders is celebrating its 35th anniversary this week with a dramatic series of episodes. One character who has been in the show since 1985 is Dot Cotton. However, 93-year-old actress June Brown confirmed in a recent interview that she has made her final appearance. Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea looked at some of the iconic character's memorable moments in our TV slot. They also discussed whether it was the right decision for Love Island to air this week following the tragic death of Carolin...more
A new book has claimed that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg instructs members of his staff to blow-dry his armpits before public appearances. The claim was made in Facebook: The Inside Story by Steven Levy, and has attracted a lot of attention on social media. Eoghan Tomás McDermott and Helen Vaughan discussed this story and more in The Week Trending, including the woman who made headlines for playing the violin during surgery to remove a brain tumour, and Jeff Bezos pledging $10 billion of his...more
This week 903 safety camera zones were rolled out across the country. They will operate in areas with a history of speed-related collisions in an attempt to reduce the number of motorists exceeding the speed limit. But how effective will they be? Are they likely to modify drivers' behaviour? Our motoring expert Michael Sheridan joined us for The Last Word on Wheels to discuss the issue. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Google has confirmed it plans to move British user accounts and data from the EU to the US as a result of Brexit. The move will leave the sensitive personal information of tens of millions with less protection and within easier reach of British law enforcement. The decision is said to have been made due to uncertainty over whether Britain will follow GDPR or adopt other rules that could affect the handling of user data. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us to discuss this a...more
Pearl Lowe is best known as a fashion designer and former musician. Her new book, Faded Glamour: Inspirational Interiors and Beautiful Homes, is out now. She joined us to talk about the book as well as overcoming drug addiction, parenting, creativity, and why she didn't find life in the music industry very fulfilling. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
The 33rd Dáil sits for the first time today, but how close are we to forming a new government? Daniel McConnell and Lise Hand joined us with the latest updates. We also spoke to Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire, Sinn Féin TD for Cork South-Central, Gary Gannon, Social Democrats TD for Dublin Central, Colm Brophy, Fine Gael TD for Dublin South-West, and Anne Rabbitte, Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
This week's Culture Club inductee is architect Hugh Wallace, who can be seen on RTÉ's The Great House Revival on Sunday nights. He joined us to talk about his favourite TV shows, movies, theatre, music and books. Favourite TV shows: The Handmaid’s Tale, Star Trek, The Brady Bunch Favourite Movies: Barry Lyndon, Joker Favourite Play/Musical/Opera: Cabaret, Carmen Favourite Album: Supertramp - Breakfast in America Favourite Books: The Wolf and the Watchman, The Bastard Brigade Listen to the interv...more
Of the 21,000 new homes built last year just 8,000 were offered for sale on the open market, according to the Construction Industry Federation. The federation says that many people looking to buy their first home have continued to find themselves "locked out of the market", as the State acquired at least 4,400 new homes for social housing and investment funds bought 95% of the 3,644 apartments completed last year. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us for our daily business ...more
Almost 90% of people will have HPV at some point in their lives. There are over 100 types of HPV, and some are more serious than others. While certain strains of the virus are associated with cervical cancer, they can also cause other cancers like head and neck, anal or penile cancer. From the end of March, Ireland will become one of the first countries to roll out HPV testing as part of the cervical screening programme. This means that all samples will now be checked for HPV rather than only lo...more
Many banks are increasing their fees for operating a current account, but there are ways to reduce or even avoid them altogether. Charlie Weston, personal finance editor of The Irish Independent, joined us with five suggestions: Use your banking app or make transactions online Avoid ATM withdrawals Get cashback on purchases or go contactless Know the rules around your bank's exemptions Consider a non-traditional digital bank, such as Revolut or N26 Listen to the interview in full by pressing t...more
Billie Eilish has released 'No Time to Die', the theme song to the latest James Bond film of the same name, which hits cinemas in April. At 18, she is the youngest artist ever to write and record a Bond theme. But where does it rank among the classic Bond songs of days gone by? John Caddell and Dee Reddy gave their thoughts in our weekly music slot and nominated their own favourite Bond songs. We also asked listeners on Twitter for their choices, and these are the results. What is the greatest #...more
The Sanctuary Runners is an initiative which enables asylum seekers and refugees in Direct Provision to run, jog and walk alongside Irish people, fostering friendship, positivity and respect. The group has 1,600 runners across 19 locations in Ireland. They are taking part in the Cork City Marathon, and are also appealing to Cork residents to open their doors and put up runners the night before the run. Graham Clifford, founder of the Sanctuary Runners, and Bousie Mhlope, a member of the Sanctuar...more
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos has pledged $10 billion of his fortune to fight climate change. He has said the money will finance work by scientists, activists and other groups. Bezos is the world's richest man with an estimated net worth of more than $130 billion. The pledge represents almost 8% of his fortune. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us for the business news with this story and more, including: Employment hit a record high last year, according to the CSO Galway's traff...more
Donald Trump has hit back at a tweet from Barack Obama in which he took credit for the economic boom. In a tweet of his own, Trump described Obama's claim as a "con job" and said that his own administration had been responsible for the growth. Did you hear the latest con job? President Obama is now trying to take credit for the Economic Boom taking place under the Trump Administration. He had the WEAKEST recovery since the Great Depression, despite Zero Fed Rate & MASSIVE quantitative easing...more
Are you tired of coming home to a freezing house? If you have smart heating set up in your home, you won't have to. Andy O'Donoghue joined us for Tech Tuesday to recommend some of the best smart heating options available, from smart thermostats which can be controlled using your phone to smart radiator valves and solar panels. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Much has been written about Donald Trump since he took office, but a new book takes perhaps one of the closest looks at his presidency to date. Philip Rucker, White House Bureau Chief at The Washington Post, has co-written A Very Stable Genius with his colleague Carol Leonnig. He joined us on The Last Word to give the inside story on the chaos in Trump's White House. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Kitchens, crèches, gyms and free car parking spaces are the most important things to Irish office workers, according to the new Future of Work survey from Fine Grain Property. The survey found that 70% of people want good kitchen facilities at work, 64% want free parking spaces, 25% want a crèche and 18% want a gym. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us with this story and the day's other business news, including: We're becoming more pessimistic as a country and believe cap...more
Hollyoaks actress Stephanie Davis is leading a campaign calling for changes to laws on media intrusion following the tragic death by suicide of TV presenter Caroline Flack. The 'Caroline's Law' petition is campaigning for stricter safeguarding laws for celebrities in Britain and has already gathered over 250,000 signatures. For our Monday debate, we looked at the impact that press coverage and social media can have on mental health, particularly for those in the public eye. Journalist Larissa No...more
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 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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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 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
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.
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 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
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
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.
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 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, 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
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