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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.

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.
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Dublin, Ireland

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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.

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@lstwrd

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Episodes

Who Will Win The Manchester Derby?

12/6/2019
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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.

Duration:00:35:01

RTÉ And Virgin Media's Christmas TV Schedule Highlights Revealed

12/6/2019
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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.

Duration:00:17:30

The Week Trending - Healy-Rae Brothers Receive Suspended Sentences For Assault

12/6/2019
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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...

Duration:00:20:48

How To Know If You Should Give Up Your Car

12/5/2019
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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.

Duration:00:11:10

Jo Wood On Her Time With The Rolling Stones

12/5/2019
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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.

Duration:00:10:17

Shares In Exercise Bike Company Peloton Fall Due To 'Sexist' Christmas Ad

12/5/2019
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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...

Duration:00:07:36

Urban Sprawl Continues As House Buyers Forced To Move To Commuter Belt

12/5/2019
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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...

Duration:00:15:52

Culture Club - Martin 'Beanz' Warde

12/4/2019
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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...

Duration:00:27:05

Ryanair To Make Cuts As A Result Of Boeing 737 Max Delays

12/4/2019
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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...

Duration:00:09:08

How To Spot The Warning Signs Of Sepsis

12/4/2019
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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...

Duration:00:06:40

Should 'Fairytale Of New York' Be Banned For Its Lyrics?

12/4/2019
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'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.

Duration:00:09:46

What's The Most Annoying Christmas Song Of All Time?

12/3/2019
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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...

Duration:00:22:28

Ryanair Takes Legal Action To Stop Peter Bellew Joining EasyJet

12/3/2019
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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...

Duration:00:07:21

Donald Trump Claims He Will "Stay Out" Of British Election

12/3/2019
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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.

Duration:00:12:03

Should We Have Confidence In Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy?

12/3/2019
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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,...

Duration:00:15:14

Who Will Replace Jim Gavin As Dublin Boss?

12/2/2019
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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.

Duration:00:13:49

Sean Fitzpatrick Expelled From Chartered Accountants Ireland

12/2/2019
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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...

Duration:00:07:45

How Do We Talk And Write About Britain Since The Brexit Vote?

12/2/2019
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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,...

Duration:00:19:39

Who Will Replace Unai Emery As Arsenal Boss?

11/29/2019
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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...

Duration:00:38:27

The Very Last Word - 30/11/19

11/29/2019
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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...

Duration:00:48:31