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

  • The Very Last Word - 18/01/20

    Jan 17 2020

    Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: John Caddell and Dee Reddy join Matt to look back on the life and career of Rush drummer Neil Peart, who died last week. Dr Ray Walley talks about seasonal affective disorder and how to beat the winter blues. Singer and actress Maria Doyle Kennedy talks about her favourite music, movies, TV and more as she joins the Culture Club. With the general election campaign in full swing, we discuss whether it's time to loo...more

  • Ratings For Winter Love Island Drop By 800,000 Compared To Summer Series

    Jan 17 2020

    The new winter series of Love Island started last Sunday night, but viewing figures have been lower than expected. More than 2.5 million people tuned into the opening episode, 800,000 fewer than the numbers who watched the launch of the last summer series. Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea discussed this and more in our TV slot, including Room to Improve and political programming in the run-up to the election. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • The Week Trending - Donald Trump Promises Cleaner Dishes Under His Presidency

    Jan 17 2020

    Ahead of his impeachment trial next week, Donald Trump took the opportunity to rant about various household items that limit water usage. Speaking at a campaign rally in Milwaukee, the US President targeted dishwashers, sinks and showers and bemoaned the fact that people now had to wash their dishes "10 times" with the newer models. He also promised cleaner dishes under his presidency. Eoghan Tomás McDermott and Helen Vaughan discussed this and some of the other stories that caught their eye in ...more

  • Election Debate: Will Millennials Ever Own A Home?

    Jan 17 2020

    In our daily election debate, we asked whether millennials will ever be able to own a home. Ireland currently has the third-highest number of people living with their parents of any EU country, but is home ownership a realistic possibility for this generation, and what does the government need to do? We spoke to Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, Jack Chambers, Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin West, Labour Party spokesperson on housing Jan O'Sullivan, and Michael Dowling, managing director of Michael ...more

  • This Week's New Movie Releases

    Jan 16 2020

    This week saw the announcement of the Oscar nominations, and there are lots of new movie releases to enjoy. Bombshell stars Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie and tells the true story of the Fox News women who set out to expose CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment. Just Mercy is the story of attorney Bryan Stevenson (played by Michael B. Jordan), who represents an African-American man on death row wrongfully convicted of the murder of a white woman in Alabama, while Bad Boys for L...more

  • Will We See Autonomous Vehicles On Our Roads?

    Jan 16 2020

    The focus of major car manufacturers appears to have shifted to electric vehicles rather than self-driving ones. Would the public be confident in having autonomous vehicles on the roads, and will legislators allow for it? Michael Sheridan joined us for our motoring slot to discuss this. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Ulster Bank Is Cutting Mortgage Rates

    Jan 16 2020

    Ulster Bank is introducing a new, ten-year fixed mortgage rate while reducing its "High Value" five-year fixed rate to the lowest single mortgage rate on the market. The bank said that both new and existing customers can avail of the new fixed rate of 2.95% for home movers, mortgage switchers and first time buyers who have a loan-to-value of up to 80%. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, brought us this story and more in our daily business round-up, including: Revenue find that inv...more

  • Culture Club - Maria Doyle Kennedy

    Jan 15 2020

    This week's Culture Club inductee is singer, songwriter and actress Maria Doyle Kennedy, who is performing as part of TradFest Temple Bar at the Pepper Canister Church this month. Tickets are available from tradfest.ie. She joined us to talk about her favourite music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts. Best Gig: Radiohead at The Olympia in 1996 First Single Ever Bought: David Essex - Rock On Favourite Band: Low Favourite Album: Bon Iver - Bon Iver Favourite TV shows: Succession, Rising Damp F...more

  • GoMo Is Raising Monthly Fee To €13 A Month For New Customers

    Jan 15 2020

    GoMo is raising its monthly fee for new customers to €13 per month. The mobile operator, launched last October, says it has reached its customer target of 100,000 people based on the €10 offer, and that its new signup offer will last until the end of February. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us with this and today's other business stories, including: Another blow for insurance customers as Liberty bows out of commercial insurance market House prices are continuing to slo...more

  • How To Recognise Seasonal Affective Disorder

    Jan 15 2020

    Are the winter blues a real thing? Many people in Ireland experience what is known as seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression which recurs during the winter months. It can be caused by a change in melatonin levels, partly from a lack of sunlight. Dr Ray Walley joined us for our weekly medical consultation to talk about this condition and how it can be treated. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Election Debate: Investment In Public Transport

    Jan 15 2020

    In our daily election debate, we discussed public transport. With approximately two thirds of the country having to travel to work by car, how should the government invest in improving public transport? We spoke to Conor Faughnan, Director of Consumer Affairs for AA Ireland, Richard Bruton, Minister of Commuications, Climate Action & Environment and general election candidate for Dublin Bay North, Councillor Patrick Costello, Green Party spokesperson on transport and general election candida...more

  • Ryanair Could Receive 10 Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft By April

    Jan 14 2020

    Ryanair could receive its first deliveries of up to ten Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by April, according to the airline's chief marketing officer. The 737 MAX has not flown since last March following two crashes which claimed 346 lives. Ryanair has up to 210 of the planes on order. Peter O'Dwyer from The Business Post joined for the business news with this story and more, including: Google is buying an Irish retail search startup called Pointy Credit cards no longer allowed for online gambling PC us...more

  • Remembering Rush Drummer Neil Peart

    Jan 14 2020

    Rush drummer Neil Peart has died aged 67. He had been battling brain cancer. Rolling Stone magazine put Peart at No. 4 in its list of the 100 Greatest Drummers of All Time in 2016. He was also renowned as the band's lyricist. John Caddell and Dee Reddy joined Matt to pay tribute to Peart in our music slot. They also discussed the news that Billie Eilish will be providing the theme song for the next James Bond movie, the youngest person ever to do so, and why Ozzy Osbourne and Elton John are team...more

  • Bernie Sanders Denies Telling Elizabeth Warren A Woman Couldn't Beat Trump In 2020

    Jan 14 2020

    Tonight's Democratic debate in Iowa is the last before voting begins, but it remains a highly unpredictable contest. There is some disagreement between candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, with Warren claiming Sanders told her during a private meeting that he did not believe a woman could beat Donald Trump in 2020, something Sanders denies. Cal Thomas and Marion McKeone discussed this and more in our US slot. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • The Best Apps To Help You On Your Health And Wellbeing Journey

    Jan 14 2020

    Looking to get fit in the New Year? Andy O'Donoghue joined us for Tech Tuesday to talk about some of the best apps to help you on your health and wellbeing journey. These include: FightCamp Peloton Fiit Fitbit Kokoon Asana Rebel Couch to 5k Map My Run Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Popes Benedict And Francis At Odds Over Proposed Relaxation Of Clerical Celibacy Rules

    Jan 13 2020

    Pope Francis and Pope Benedict are at odds over a proposal to relax clerical celibacy rules. Benedict has spoken out against the proposal, currently being considered by Francis, which would allow married men in the Amazon to be ordained due to a shortage of priests in the region. Nick Squires, Rome correspondent with The Daily Telegraph, joined us to discuss this issue. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Saoirse Ronan Receives Fourth Oscar Nomination At Age 25

    Jan 13 2020

    Saoirse Ronan has received her fourth Oscar nomination at the age of just 25, for her role in Little Women. She is up against Renee Zellweger for Judy, Scarlett Johansson for Marriage Story, Charlize Theron for Bombshell and Cynthia Erivo for Harriet in the Best Actress category. Meanwhile, Joker is the movie with the most nominations, receiving eleven in total. Dee Molumby from entertainment.ie joined us to run through these and some of the other Oscar nominations. The ceremony will take place ...more

  • Alcohol Sales Fall By €10.5 Million Over Christmas

    Jan 13 2020

    Sales of alcohol fell by €10.5 million over the Christmas period, according to new figures from retail analysts Kantar. Shoppers spent 5.3% less on beer and 2.2% less on wine, while overall grocery sales surpassed €1 billion for the first time on record. Peter O'Dwyer from The Business Post joined with this and the day's other business news, including: Flybe on the brink of collapse Davy ups economic growth forecast and predicts further house price increases Used car sales jump in 2019 as new m...more

  • Are We On The Brink Of Sinn Féin In Government?

    Jan 13 2020

    With an election looming in February, are we on the verge of having a Sinn Féin Tánaiste and Ministers in government? Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said that he doesn't trust Sinn Féin in terms of government, while Taoiseach Leo Varadkar previously stated that he would "rather bring the wolves back to Ireland" than allow Sinn Féin into government. To debate this we were joined by Gary Murphy from the School of Law and Government at DCU, academic and author Dr Jennifer Kavanagh, Sinn Féin...more

  • The Very Last Word - 11/01/20

    Jan 10 2020

    Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: Charlie Weston gives his advice on the best ways to save money for 2020. As bush fires continue to burn across Australia, Brianna Parkins describes the destruction her country is experiencing. Commander Chris Hadfield is this week's Culture Club inductee. He tells about his favourite music, movies and books. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Dermot Bannon Takes On His Own Home In 'Room To Improve'

    Jan 10 2020

    Room To Improve took a different turn last week as Dermot Bannon's own home was the subject of the show. Dermot got a surprise when he was informed that the refurbishment budget would have to be doubled. Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea gave their thoughts and also looked ahead to some upcoming TV shows, including Winter Love Island and Gwyneth Paltrow's Netflix series The Goop Lab. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • The Week Trending - Is Meghan Markle Being Unfairly Treated By The British Press?

    Jan 10 2020

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's decision to step back from their roles as senior members of the Royal Family and pursue financial independence caused a lot of upset in the British press this week. Eamonn Holmes was one broadcaster who launched into an angry tirade against Meghan in particular on his radio show yesterday, branding the Duchess of Sussex "weak, manipulative and spoilt". Is she being unfairly attacked? Roe McDermott and Lorcan Nyhan discussed this story and more in The Week Trendin...more

  • Is World War I Epic '1917' As Good As Its Golden Globe Win Suggests?

    Jan 09 2020

    With 2020 underway, Brian Lloyd of entertainment.ie joined us for The Last Word on Movies to review two of this week's new releases. World War I epic 1917, directed by Sam Mendes, was a winner at the Golden Globes this week, while Uncut Gems stars Adam Sandler and is being hailed as one of his best performances. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • How Will Harry And Meghan Stepping Back Impact The Royal Family?

    Jan 09 2020

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced they will be stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family. Their decision is said to have caused some upset within Buckingham Palace, as it emerged that the Queen was not informed beforehand. Nick Ferrari, presenter of Nick Ferrari at Breakfast on LBC, joined us to discuss the impact this might have on the Royal Family. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook To Receive Award Recognising Company's Irish Investment

    Jan 09 2020

    Apple CEO Tim Cook is to be presented with an award by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in Dublin later this month. The award will recognise Apple's 40 years of investment in Ireland. The company is currently one of the biggest employers in the State. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, discussed this and more in our daily business round-up: International Airlines Group's long-serving chief executive Willie Walsh reveals plans to retire from the Aer Lingus owner Tesco and Marks & Spencer...more

  • What Will The UK's Relationship With Europe Be Like After Brexit?

    Jan 09 2020

    The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union at the end of this month, but negotiations on the future relationship between the two will continue. Claire Fox, Brexit Party MEP, spoke at the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin today. She joined us on The Last Word to discuss whether or not the UK will isolate itself from Europe in the aftermath of Brexit. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Culture Club - Commander Chris Hadfield

    Jan 08 2020

    Our first Culture Club inductee of 2020 is Commander Chris Hadfield, former astronaut and author of the New York Times Bestseller An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. Hadfield was described by Forbes as "perhaps the most social media savvy astronaut ever to leave Earth". In 2013, he released a music video recorded on the ISS of a modified rendition of David Bowie's 'Space Oddity', which has over 44 million views on YouTube. He joined us to talk about his favourite music, movies, books and more...more

  • Irish Food And Drink Exports Reached Record €13 Billion Last Year

    Jan 08 2020

    Irish food and drink exports reached a record €13 billion last year, according to Bord Bia. But despite the overall increase, some sectors saw a decline. Exports to the UK fell by 3% as did beef exports. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us to discuss this and more in our business round-up, including: Numbers employed by IDA companies reaches record high Retail sales fall in November Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • What's The Best Way To Commemorate Our History?

    Jan 08 2020

    The government announced yesterday that an event at Dublin Castle to commemorate members of the Royal Irish Constabulary and Dublin Metropolitan Police prior to independence had been deferred. In the wake of this controversy, how should we go about remembering our turbulent history? Senator Mark Daly, one of the Fianna Fáil representatives of the All Party Consultation Group on the decade of commemorations, Dr Mary McAuliffe, historian and assistant professor of gender studies at UCD, and Mick F...more

  • Five Ways To Save Money In 2020

    Jan 08 2020

    Are you feeling the strain financially after the Christmas period? Charlie Weston, personal finance editor of The Irish Independent, joined us to discuss five ways to get back on track in 2020. He advises: Pay off credit card debt Switch or overpay your mortgage Check household bills and consider switching providers Top up your pension Save more money Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Meat Loaf Claims Greta Thunberg Has Been "Brainwashed" Into Believing In Climate Change

    Jan 07 2020

    Meat Loaf is the latest star to criticise climate activist Greta Thunberg. The singer claimed in an interview that Thunberg had been "brainwashed" into believing in climate change, adding that he himself does not believe in it. Thunberg responded to the comments by saying that the issue is not about Meat Loaf or her, but about scientific facts. John Caddell and Dee Reddy discussed this and more in our weekly music slot, including albums to look forward to in 2020. Listen to the interview in full...more

  • Enterprise Ireland Publishes Action Plan For Women In Business

    Jan 07 2020

    Enterprise Ireland's 2020 Action Plan for Women in Business was published today as part of Future Jobs Ireland. The plan's aim is to increase levels of women-led businesses and women in strategic management positions to improve diversity, and includes the introduction of a new grant for Enterprise Ireland supported companies to facilitate the recruitment of part-time senior managers. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us with this and the day's other business news, including...more

  • Is It Appropriate To Commemorate The Royal Irish Constabulary?

    Jan 07 2020

    A planned event to commemorate those who served in the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police prior to Irish independence has been deferred. The controversial commemoration was due to take place at Dublin Castle, but its postponement was announced today by Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan. Prior to the announcement, we were joined on The Last Word by historian and journalist Ruth Dudley Edwards and musician and historical entertainer Paddy Cullivan to discuss whether or...more

  • Iran Warns Of Retaliation For Soulemani Assassination

    Jan 07 2020

    Donald Trump has defended the assassination of Qassam Soulemani, saying it will keep Americans safe. The Iranian general was killed in a US airstrike last week. Meanwhile, Iran says it will retaliate in a "proportionate" manner "against legitimate targets". Cal Thomas and Marion McKeone discussed this and more in our US slot. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Remembering Veteran Broadcaster Larry Gogan

    Jan 07 2020

    RTÉ broadcaster Larry Gogan has passed away at the age of 81. The news comes almost a week after the death of his RTÉ colleague Marian Finucane, whose funeral took place today, and two months after the passing of Gay Byrne. Willie O'Reilly, Sunday Business Post columnist, former Commercial Director of RTÉ and former Today FM CEO, joined us to remember Larry. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • The Rise Of Cocaine Use In Ireland

    Jan 06 2020

    In our Monday debate, we looked at the return of Ireland's cocaine epidemic, which experts say is at Celtic Tiger levels. Nicola Tallant, investigations editor of The Sunday World, Chris Luke, adjunct senior lecturer in public health at UCC, and Colin O'Gara, head of addiction services at St John of God's, joined us to discuss the issue. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • The Big Winners At This Year's Golden Globes

    Jan 06 2020

    Ricky Gervais once again hosted this year's Golden Globes, and proved to be the star of the show. Brian Lloyd, movies editor with entertainment.ie, joined us to discuss some of the highlights of the ceremony and some of the big winners on the night. Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy  Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama  Brian Cox (Succession) Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Dram...more

  • NAMA Will Make €2 Billion Payment To Exchequer This Year

    Jan 06 2020

    The National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is to transfer the first €2 billion of an expected €4 billion surplus to the exchequer later this year. NAMA was established to assume property debts of Irish banks after the financial crash. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us for the business news to discuss this story and more, including: More workers are savings towards their own pension according to CSO data Top British bosses have already earned more since the start of 202...more

  • Brianna Parkins With The Latest On The Catastrophic Australian Wildfires

    Jan 06 2020

    The Australian wildfires which have been burning for several months have had a catastrophic impact on the country, endangering people and wildlife. Brianna Parkins joined us from Sydney, where she has been spending the Christmas and New Year period, with an update on the fires. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • The Last Word Remembers Marian Finucane

    Jan 02 2020

    RTÉ this evening announced the sudden death of broadcaster Marian Finucane at the age of 69. She passed away at her home in Naas. She was the presenter of The Marian Finucane Show on Saturday and Sunday and had worked at RTÉ since 1976, when she began as a continuity announcer. She was also the first presenter of RTÉ's Liveline programme, now presented by Joe Duffy. The Last Word was joined by Broadcaster Joe Duffy, Head of Journalism at TU Dublin, Kate Shanahan and Motoring Journalist Michael S...more

  • Notable Deaths of the Year 2019

    Dec 20 2019

    [audio wav="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2019/12/20135717/20122019-LW-DEATH-REEL-2019-Final.wav"][/audio] In order of appearance; The actor Rip Torn, Ginger Baker of the band Cream, Formula One star Niki Lauda, Peter Tork of The Monkees, Ulick O’Connor, Keith Flint of the Prodigy, actor Luke Perry, Mark Hollis of Talk Talk, racing pundit John McCririck, businessman Feargal Quinn, Designer Karl Lagerfeld, singer Scott Walker, Marie Fredriksson of the band Roxette, Political advisor and wri...more

  • How To Drive Safely In Cold Weather

    Dec 19 2019

    If you're driving home for Christmas, there are some things you can do to make sure you're prepared to deal with the weather conditions. Michael Sheridan joined us for our final motoring slot of the year to give some tips for cold weather driving. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Business Review Of The Year

    Dec 19 2019

    Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us to look back on some of the biggest business stories of 2019 in our end of year review. They include: Paddy Power Betfair merges with Stars Group Mixed year for Ryanair Denis O'Brien loses half a billion euros on his departure from INM WeWork almost implodes Netflix finally gets a rival Tax receipts at an all time high Irish economy continues to grow despite Brexit worries Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on ...more

  • The Best Podcasts To Listen To Over Christmas

    Dec 19 2019

    Are you looking for some good podcasts to listen to over Christmas? We asked comedian Michael Fry and Fionnuala Jones, Content Ambassador for GoLoud to share their recommendations. They include: Mens Rea Irish History Podcast Juvenalia The Blindboy Podcast Song Exploder Dolly Parton's America GoLoud is your one-stop shop for all things radio and podcast, be that Irish or international content Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • Non-Alcoholic Drinks To Try This Christmas

    Dec 19 2019

    To end our series on drinks you might want to try for Christmas, we're looking at non-alcoholic options. Oisin Davis of Great Irish Beverages and co-owner of The Virgin Mary pub joined us with his alcohol-free beer, gin and wine recommendations. Moonlight Hoppy Non-Alcoholic Ale from Wicklow Wolf - €2.75 Ceder's Alcoholic Free Gin - €20/25 Natureo alcohol free red wine from Spain - €8 Freixenet Legero Sparkling Wine - €7 Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page....more

  • Culture Club - Mary Crosby

    Dec 18 2019

    This week's Culture Club inductee is Mary Crosby, former star of Dallas and daughter of Bing Crosby. She joined us to discuss her favourite music, movies, TV shows, books and podcasts. Favourite Music: Dire Straits, The Chieftains, Bob Dylan Favourite Podcasts: The Moth, This American Life Favourite TV show: Star Trek Favourite Books/Authors: Ahab's Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund, Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl, The Final Confession of Mabel Stark by Robert Hough, Caimh McDonnell Favourit...more

  • The Medical Myths Of Christmas

    Dec 18 2019

    Is there any cure for a hangover? Does sugar cause hyperactivity in children, and will you put on weight from eating Christmas food late at night? Dr Ray Walley joined us for our weekly medical consultation to answer these questions and talk about some other Christmas medical myths. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

  • The Best Beers For Christmas

    Dec 18 2019

    As part of our series on festive drinks, we're looking at the best beers available for Christmas. Judith Boyle, beer sommelier, beverage lecturer at Technological University Dublin and award-winning beer writer, joined us with her recommendations. Mainsail (non-alcoholic) Dungarvan brewery Frambois premier - White Gypsy Brewing Templemore Notions Brehon Brewhouse Blue Rose - Beoir Chorca Dhuibhne Dan Kelly's Whiskey Cask Cider Original Beer - Brennan Brewery Chimay Blue - Chimay Brewery Belgium...more

  • Bet365 Boss Pays Herself £320 Million

    Dec 18 2019

    Denise Coates, the co-founder of online gambling firm Bet365 has paid herself over £320 million, confirming her status as the UK's best paid executive. Bet365 made a profit of £791 million last year, compared with £661 million the year before. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, discussed this story and more in our daily business round-up, including: Planning permissions for apartments soar over 80% - CSO More chefs and nurses allowed after change to permit regime Listen to the in...more

  • The Best Albums Of 2019

    Dec 17 2019

    To end 2019, John Caddell and Dee Reddy joined us for our weekly music slot to pick their favourite albums of the year. Here are their choices: Dee Lizzo – Cuz I Love You Fontaines DC – Dogrel Mark Ronson – Late Night Feelings Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka John Robbie Robertson – Sinematic The Cranberries – In The End Taylor Swift – Lover Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Colorado Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.