Former One Direction bandmates Liam Payne and Harry Styles both have new albums, but they are provoking very different reactions. Payne's LP1 has been getting terrible reviews, while Styles has already been highly praised for Fine Line, which will be released on Friday. Dee Reddy and John Caddell discussed this in our weekly music slot, as well as looking back on the legacy of Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson, who has died aged 61. They also pondered who could be this year's Christmas number one...more
This week on The Last Word, we're looking at some of the best books you should buy for yourself or a loved one this Christmas. Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe and political journalist Lise Hand joined us to recommend their favourite non-fiction books of the year. Their picks were as follows: 'The Globalist: Peter Sutherland' by John Walsh 'Burned: The Inside Story of the 'Cash-for-Ash' Scandal and Northern Ireland's Secretive New Elite' by Sam McBride 'Constellations' by Sinéad Gleeson 'Ho...more
The US House Judiciary Committee has announced two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump. The first article is abuse of power, and the second is obstruction of Congress. Cal Thomas and Marion McKeone discussed the charges and what impact they might have in our US slot. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
For this week's Tech Tuesday slot, Andy O'Donoghue joined us to give his thoughts on the best apps of 2019, according to the App Store and the Google Play Store. App Store Picks iPhone App of the Year - Spectre Camera iPhone Game of the Year - Sky: Children of the Light iPad App of the Year - Flow by Moleskine iPad Game of the Year - Hyper Light Drifter Mac App of the Year - Affinity Publisher Mac Game of the Year - GRIS Apple TV App of the Year - The Explorers Apple TV Game of the Year - Wonde...more
Looking for a good sports book to read this Christmas? Niamh Briggs and Michael Foley joined us to discuss some of their favourites of 2019, as well as a few that they didn't enjoy quite as much. Their reviews include: Joe Schmidt - Ordinary Joe Warren Gatland - Pride and Passion Jamie Heaslip - All In Sam Warburton - Open Side Eoin Larkin - Camouflage Adrian Russell - The Double About That Goal: The Official Autobiography Of Seamus Darby Michael Owen - Reboot Richie Sadlier - Recovering In Sun...more
With just days to go until the British general election, we asked what would be a good result for Ireland in our Monday debate. What impact would a Boris Johnson majority have? And could it ultimately lead to a united Ireland? Dan O'Brien, Chief Economist at the Institute of International and European Affairs and columnist with The Sunday Independent, Katie Daughen, Head of Brexit Policy at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, Fianna Fáil Senator Mark Daly, and Aoife O'Donoghue, Professor of I...more
If you have children in primary school, do you buy presents for their teachers at Christmas? Is it appropriate, or does it create too much financial pressure? To discuss this we were joined by Oona Rackard from St Senan's Primary School in Enniscorthy, who have opted for charitable donations rather than gifts for teachers, and Jen Hogan, author, Irish Times columnist and mother of seven. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
The Manchester derby takes place tomorrow, but will it be City or United who emerge victorious? Mark Lawrenson and Miguel Delaney looked ahead to the game and the other Premier League action in The Last Word on Sport. Paul Wallace and Neil Francis also previewed the weekend's Champions Cup games, and Paul Earley and Dick Clerkin discussed the new GAA fixture proposals. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: Jo Wood, ex-wife of Ronnie Wood, talks about the years she spent with The Rolling Stones and her new book, Stoned. We discuss the issue of Dublin's urban sprawl as more and more house buyers are being pushed further out of the capital and facing lengthy commutes. John Caddell and Dee Reddy discuss the music stories of the week, including the Christmas song that was voted the most annoying of all time.
RTÉ and Virgin Media have both revealed their Christmas TV schedule highlights. Has the way we watch TV at Christmas changed much over the years, and what will people be most likely to tune into? Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea discussed this in our weekly TV slot, and gave their thoughts on Peloton's controversial Christmas ad which has led to the company losing $1.5 billion in value. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Two sons of Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae have been given suspended sentences for assaulting a man in Kerry in 2017. Councillor Jackie Healy-Rae and his brother Kevin were convicted, along with another man, of assaulting a visitor from the UK while queueing at a chip van in Kenmare. They were given suspended sentences of eight and seven months respectively. Sinead O'Carroll and Donal O'Donoghue joined us for The Week Trending to discuss this and some of the other stories in the news this week...more
Have you ever considered giving up your car? Michael Sheridan joined us for The Last Word on Wheels to discuss some of the circumstances in which owning a car might be financially unnecessary, such as living in a city or near to your place of work, or if you only use your car occasionally. He also looked at some alternative options, including car sharing and rentals. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Jo Wood was married to Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood for 24 years. During their time together, she travelled around the world with him on tour and took many photographs. These snapshots of their life are included in a new book, Stoned: Photographs and Treasures from Life with the Rolling Stones. Jo joined Matt on The Last Word to share her memories and stories. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
The value of exercise bike company Peloton has dropped by almost $1.5 billion after its Christmas advert was criticised for being sexist and offensive. The ad shows a woman receiving an exercise bike from her partner on Christmas morning, implying that she needs to lose weight. After its release, Peloton's shares fell 9% on Tuesday, and a further 6% on Wednesday. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, discussed this story in our daily business round-up, as well as the following others:...more
Urban sprawl is continuing as house buyers are being forced out of Dublin. A new report from the Banking & Payments Federation Ireland has found that 41% of first-time buyer mortgages for homes are for the commuter belt. To discuss this we were joined by Edgar Morgenroth, professor of economics at DCU Business School, Barry McDonald, spokesperson for the Real Estate Alliance, and Today FM staff member Carrie O'Mahoney, who spoke about her own lengthy commute to work. Listen to the interview ...more
The latest inductee into our Culture Club is comedian Martin 'Beanz' Warde, who is going back on tour in 2020 with his new show 'Queen of the Travellers'. He joined us to discuss his favourite music, comedians, movies and more. First Single Ever Bought: Robert Miles - Children Favourite Album: Fleetwood Mac - Rumours Favourite Band/Singer: LCD Soundsystem, Whitney Houston, Sam Cooke Best Gig: The Pogues at the MEN Arena, Manchester in 2006 Favourite Comedians: Tommy Tiernan, Ricky Gervais Favour...more
Ryanair will close additional routes for winter due to further delays in receiving Boeing 737 Max aircraft. It is also closing bases in Nuremberg and Skavsta and is forecasting a fall of 1 million in passenger growth. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us with this and the latest update on Ryanair's court case against its former chief operating officer, Peter Bellew, as well as the following other business stories: Ulster Bank cutting 175 jobs Central Bank resists pressure ...more
Sepsis, the body's response to an infection, is a potentially life-threatening condition and one of the 10 major causes of death in Ireland. It is considered a medical emergency which must be treated quickly. Those most susceptible to developing sepsis include children, people over the age of 65 and people with weakened immune systems or chronic medical conditions. Dr Ray Walley joined us for our weekly medical consultation to discuss the signs and symptoms of sepsis and how it can be treated. L...more
'Fairytale of New York' is undoubtedly one of the most popular Christmas songs of the last 30 years. However, BBC radio presenter Alex Dyke has banned the song from his show as he is uncomfortable with its lyrics. Is it the right decision, or a step too far? Aoife Barry, assistant news editor with thejournal.ie, and Paddy Cullivan, musician and member of the Camambert Quartet, joined us to give their thoughts. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Is there a Christmas song you just can't stand? A new survey from Huawei asked British people for their most annoying festive tune of all time, and Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' came out on top. The top 10 is as follows: 1. 'All I Want for Christmas is You' — Mariah Carey 2. 'Do They Know It’s Christmas?' — Band Aid 3. 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' — Wizzard 4. 'Merry Xmas Everybody' — Slade 5. 'Last Christmas' — Wham! 6. 'Fairytale Of New York' — The Pogues and Kir...more
Ryanair has taken legal action to prevent its chief operating officer Peter Bellew from joining rival airline EasyJet next month. Bellew's contract with Ryanair apparently contains a clause preventing him from working for a competitor for 12 months after leaving the airline. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us for our daily business round-up to discuss this and more, including: Unemployment rate down to 4.8% in November Government tax revenues higher than forecast Donald ...more
Donald Trump has said he will "stay out" of the British general election, and that he would be capable of working with any Prime Minister because he is "a very easy person to work with". He made the remarks on a three-day visit to the UK to attend a NATO summit. Cal Thomas and Marion McKeone discussed this and more from the United States, including Joe Biden's Irish-inspired campaign slogan which has baffled US voters. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy is facing a motion of no confidence this evening, brought forward by the Social Democrats. Should we have confidence in him, and would another Housing Minister actually be the solution to the housing crisis? Michael Dowling, managing director of Michael Dowling Mortgage and Financial Services, Orla Hegarty from the Department of Architecture and Local Government at UCD and James Benson, director of housing and planning with the Construction Industry Federation, joi...more
Jim Gavin has stepped down as Dublin manager after seven years in charge. During his tenure, the team won five All-Ireland titles in a row. In The Last Word on Sport, Senan Connell and Ger Brennan joined us to discuss what the future holds for Dublin as a result of Gavin's departure and who might replace him. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
In our Monday debate, we discussed the way we talk and write about Britain, and England in particular, since the political and cultural crisis that began after the Brexit vote in 2016. Is the close cultural connection between Ireland and the UK changing as a result, and how can the relationship be repaired? We were joined by Selina Guinness, author of The Crocodile By the Door and lecturer in English at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, writer Sinead Gleeson, whose bo...more
Sean Fitzpatrick, the former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank, has been expelled from Chartered Accountants Ireland. He has also been fined €25,000. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, joined us for our daily business round-up with more on this story and the following others: Cyber Monday spending is estimated to reach €9 billion Manufacturing slows while IBEC forecasts 3.1% economic growth 71% of employees are expecting a pay rise next year Listen to the interview in full by pressing...more
Arsenal have sacked manager Unai Emery after seven games without a win. He spent just 18 months in charge of the club. But who will replace him? In The Last Word on Sport, Mark Lawrenson and Miguel Delaney joined us to discuss this and other news from the Premier League. Matt also spoke to Munster and Ireland hooker Niall Scannell about the Rugby World Cup and the European season, and Chairman of the GAA Club Players Association Micheál Briody discussed the GAA's fixture list for 2020 and how it...more
Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: Do we really need a €22 million white water rafting facility in Dublin city centre? Dermot Morley from Canoeing Ireland and Independent Councillor Nial Ring debate the issue. Two schools in Malahide have begun a new initiative which bans parents from dropping their kids off at the school gates. But would this work around the country? Glenn Patterson, author of Backstop Land, joins us to talk about the impact Brexi...more
The Late Late Toy Show returns to our screens tonight, and this year's theme is Disney's Frozen. But will you be tuning in? Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea joined us for our weekly TV slot to discuss one of the biggest TV events of the year and the latest goings-on in the jungle on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! You can hear the full interview by pressing the play button on this page.
The Dáil printer controversy was one of the big stories making the news this week, as it emerged that the total cost of the project was €1.8 million. It's also been reported that a forklift would be needed to load paper into the machine. But will anyone be held accountable? Lise Hand and Lorcan Nyhan joined us for The Week Trending to discuss this and more. You can hear the full interview by pressing the play button on this page.
On The Last Word's annual Gadget Show, we reviewed some of the best tech on offer for Black Friday, courtesy of Harvey Norman. See below for the full list of deals and products reviewed by our panel. Andy O'Donoghue, Brianna Parkins and Aoife Barry on speakers, headphones, record players and TVs: Sony WH-1000XM3 Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones | Black – €279 Beats Studio3 Wireless Over Ear Headphones | Shadow Grey – €299 Jabra Move Style Edition Wireless Headphones | Titanium Black – €79 S...more
Another remake of Charlie's Angels has arrived on our screens, this time starring Kristen Stewart, Ella Balinska and Naomi Scott. It hasn't gone down too well with most critics, but what did Dee Molumby and Brian Lloyd think? They joined us on The Last Word for our movies slot to review it and other new releases Knives Out and The Two Popes. They also gave their picks of the week for those who are looking for something to stay in and watch this weekend. You can hear the full interview by pressin...more
A number of new European Union safety laws have been introduced concerning all cars manufactured from mid-2022. Every year 25,000 people are killed and 135,000 are seriously injured on EU roads. Human error is the cause of 90% of these fatalities and injuries. Michael Sheridan joined us for our motoring slot to discuss some of the new laws in place and how they might help make cars safer. You can hear the full interview by pressing the play button on this page.
Northern Ireland has been at the centre of the Brexit negotiations since 2016, but how much do people in Britain really understand about the country? Novelist Glenn Patterson has written a non-fiction book, Backstop Land, which examines the impact Brexit is having on people's perceptions of Northern Ireland and what it has been like in the years since the Good Friday Agreement. He joined us on The Last Word to discuss the book. You can hear the full interview by pressing the play button on this ...more
Bank of Ireland has been working to fix an IT issue affecting customers around the country. Several channels were out of service, including ATMs nationwide and the Banking 365 website and app. Customers could still use their credit cards, make point-of-sale transactions and withdraw cash from other bank ATMs. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, discussed this story and more in our daily business update, including: Cairn Homes sells 150 new homes in Maynooth to investment fund Retai...more
Poet, writer and broadcaster Clive James has passed away aged 80. In 2016, several years after announcing he was terminally ill with leukaemia, he kindly invited Matt and The Last Word team into his Cambridge home for a wide-ranging interview in which he discussed his writing and impending mortality. You can hear the full interview by pressing the play button on this page.
U2 have released their first new single in two years, 'Ahimsa'. The song's title is the Sanskrit word for non-violence, and is a collaboration with Indian composer A.R. Rahman. The band will play their first ever show in India next month. Dee Reddy and Paddy Cullivan gave their thoughts on the track in our music slot and also discussed Fontaines DC winning BBC 6 Music's album of the year award, news of Snow Patrol's cancelled Olympia concert, Björk at the 3Arena this week, and Westlife claiming ...more
The number of visitors to Ireland from the US and Canada fell by over 8% during October, compared to the same time last year. In contrast, the number of visitors from Britain increased by 4% despite concerns over Brexit. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, brought us this story and more in our daily business round-up, including: CRH, Ireland's biggest company, forecasting profits of €4 billion this year Taxman warns of hidden costs of online sales ahead of Black Friday Katie Price ...more
Michael Bloomberg has officially announced he is running for the Democratic presidential nomination. The former New York Mayor said in a statement that his intention was "to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America", warning that the country "may never recover from the damage" if Trump were to win a second term. But does Bloomberg stand a chance? Cal Thomas and Marion McKeone discussed this and more in our US slot, including Rick Perry's comments that Trump was chosen by God to lead the United St...more
Black Friday is a phenomenon that has taken off in Ireland over the last few years. With people trying to get the best deals ahead of Christmas, it's a very good day for retailers. Andy O'Donoghue joined us for Tech Tuesday with everything you need to know about shopping for tech on Black Friday. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
Manchester United drew 3-3 with Sheffield United yesterday, but despite their comeback, it was a disappointing performance for the majority of the game, reflecting what has been their worst ever start to a Premier League season. In The Last Word on Sport, Mark Lawrenson and Miguel Delaney looked back on this and the weekend's other games. In rugby, Matt Williams and Neil Francis reviewed the Champions Cup action as all four Irish provinces took on French opposition. Listen to the interview in fu...more
Uber has lost its licence in London due to passenger safety concerns. The company's latest licence application was refused by Transport for London after a number of breaches were identified which placed the safety of passengers at risk. These included issues with rogue drivers and insurance. Ian Guider, markets editor of The Business Post, discussed this story and more in our daily business round-up, including: Survey finds Generation Z workers want better work-life balance Earnings are up by 3...more
A new survey by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions suggests that four out of five people who suffer sexual harassment in the workplace do not report it. The findings were based on the responses of 1,300 union members with experience of sexual harassment at work. Laura Bambrick, Social Policy Officer with the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and Caroline McEnery, Managing Director of The HR Suite and an adjudicator in the Workplace Relations Commission, joined us to discuss why this might be the c...more
Trevor McDonald has been one of the most distinctive voices in British broadcasting in recent decades. He has now written his autobiography, An Improbable Life. He joined us on The Last Word to discuss his life and career, and what it was like moving to Britain from Trinidad in 1969. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.
In The Last Word on Sport, we previewed the weekend's football and rugby action and looked at some unforgettable GAA rivalries. Tony Cascarino and Miguel Delaney discussed Jose Mourinho's return to the Premier League as Tottenham Hotspur's new manager, while Matt Williams and Liam Toland looked ahead to the Champions Cup fixtures in which all four Irish provinces will take on French opposition. John Scally also joined us to discuss his book, Great GAA Rivalries: Unforgettable Showdowns. Listen t...more
Listen back to some of the highlights of The Last Word from this week, including: Chartered Physiotherapist Michelle Biggins discusses the importance of sleep for elite athletes In our weekly medical consultation, Dr Ray Walley tells us how to get the most out of a 10-minute GP appointment Dee Molumby joins us with the latest movie reviews and news — does Frozen 2 live up to the hype? This week's inductee into our Culture Club is Gift Grub's Mario Rosenstock. He shares his favourite music, movi...more
The long-awaited third season of The Crown finally arrived on Netflix last weekend. Olivia Colman takes over the role of the Queen from Claire Foy, while there are also other new additions to the cast. Jennifer Gannon and Joe O'Shea gave their thoughts on the new episodes in our weekly TV slot. They also discussed Prince Andrew's disastrous Newsnight interview and some other memorable TV interviews with the royals through the years, and how the first week of I'm a Celebrity has gone. Listen to t...more
According to users of the British website Mumsnet, Dublin is "drab, expensive and with very little to do for a city purporting to be a major tourism destination". Fáilte Ireland has responded to the criticism, citing research which suggests that Dublin has a strong reputation internationally, and among British people in particular. Is Dublin underwhelming as a tourist destination? Sinead O'Carroll and Donal O'Donoghue discussed this in The Week Trending. Listen to the interview in full by pressi...more
Six years after Disney's Frozen first enthralled children, the sequel is finally here. But will Frozen 2 make as big an impact as the original, and does it have enough memorable songs of its own? Dee Molumby from entertainment.ie joined us for our movies slot to give her verdict and review Olivia Colman's latest project, Them That Follow. She also discussed the possibility of a Joker sequel and shared her pick of the week for those looking to stay in and watch a movie on TV this weekend. Listen ...more
Looking to buy a brand new car next year? Michael Sheridan joined us for our weekly motoring slot to talk about some of the new cars that will be available for 2020. He also discussed the 'ghost brokers' who have left thousands of motorists uninsured. Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.