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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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Foo Fighters Sell Out Their Dublin Gig - What's The Band's Appeal?

8/20/2019
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Foo Fighters are back in Ireland, with a sold-out gig at the RDS tomorrow night. The band will be supported by Hot Milk and Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. Fans can expect a varied setlist, which included a cover of Thin Lizzy's 'The Boys Are Back in Town' at their Glasgow show last weekend. Foo Fighters are one of the most beloved rock bands of recent years, and their shows sell out wherever they play. But are they deserving of their reputation, or are they guilty of doing the same thing...

Duration:00:22:49

Anthony Scaramucci Reveals He's Putting Together A Team To Oppose Trump

8/20/2019
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Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House Director of Communications, has said he is putting together a team of former Trump cabinet officials to oppose the president's 2020 election bid. Scaramucci made the comments in a CNN interview yesterday, having announced last week that he no longer supports Trump's re-election campaign. He also described Trump as "unstable" and said that a "viable alternative" needs to be found. Trump responded on Twitter by referring to Scaramucci as a "nut job"...

Duration:00:11:41

Average Monthly Rents Hit Record High Of €1,391

8/20/2019
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Average monthly rents across the country have hit a record high in the second quarter of the year. According to a report by Daft.ie, the average rent is now €1,391 per month. However, the rate of increase has slowed to its lowest level in five years. The report's author, economist Ronan Lyons, said that this can more likely be attributed to limits in affordability rather than improvements in supply. Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers, Aideen Hayden, chairperson of Threshold, and Margaret...

Duration:00:12:22

Vera Twomey On Her Fight To Get Medicinal Cannabis For Her Daughter

8/19/2019
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Vera Twomey will be familiar to many for her campaign to get medicinal cannabis for her now nine-year-old daughter Ava. She has written a book, For Ava, about that journey so far, and she joined us on The Last Word to tell their story. Ava had her first seizure at four months old and was diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy which begins in infancy. Vera was told that Ava would never walk or talk, and that she probably wouldn't live beyond the age of three. She says: "I...

Duration:00:16:41

Pharmacies Seek Expansion Of Services To Take Pressure Off GPs

8/19/2019
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The Irish Pharmacy Union is calling on Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe to provide extra funding in Budget 2020 to allow pharmacies to expand their services and free up GP waiting lists. Kathy Maher, IPU spokesperson and community pharmacist, says GPs are "under immense pressure, and that's only set to increase as our population ages and we deal with things such as chronic disease." She adds that an estimated one in five GP appointments are spent on minor ailments which could be easily dealt...

Duration:00:11:16

How Will A Hard Brexit Affect Ireland's Access To Food And Medicines?

8/19/2019
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A no-deal Brexit will result in food, fuel and medicine shortages in Britain as well as three months of disruption at its ports and a hard border with Ireland. That's according to a Cabinet report, known as Operation Yellowhammer, which was leaked to The Sunday Times. But what will all of this mean for Ireland? How would a hard Brexit impact our own ability to access food and medical supplies? To discuss this we were joined by Dan O'Brien, Chief Economist at the Institute of International...

Duration:00:15:08

The Last Word's All-Ireland Hurling Final Preview In Coppers

8/16/2019
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On Wednesday night, The Last Word went back to Copper Face Jacks for a special All-Ireland Hurling Final preview. Matt was joined by a panel of hurling stars to look ahead to this weekend's big game between Kilkenny and Tipperary. Our panel consisted of: Michael Fennelly, eight-time All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny JJ Delaney, nine-time All-Ireland winner with Kilkenny Paul Curran, 2010 All-Ireland winner with Tipperary Michael Ryan, 2016 All-Ireland winning manager with Tipperary They gave...

Duration:01:18:51

25 Years Of 'Friends' - What's The Secret Of Its Enduring Popularity?

8/16/2019
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It may be hard to believe, but Friends is celebrating its 25th anniversary. To mark the occasion, 1,000 cinemas in the United States will be screening 12 episodes across three nights in September and October, along with previously unseen content and exclusive interviews. Fans on this side of the pond don't have to miss out on the celebrations, however. Lego recently announced the release of a Central Perk set, complete with Friends characters, which will be available on 1 September. Alison...

Duration:00:19:28

The Week Trending - 1 In 3 Millennials Are In Debt Due To Attending Weddings

8/16/2019
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According to a new study, it may not be avocado toast that's responsible for millennials being unable to afford their own house — it's that they are attending too many weddings. The survey, carried out by the UK house sharing site SpareRoom, shows that a third of millennials don't have enough money to spend on their friends' weddings. One in three respondents admitted to falling into debt, with the result that they were unable to pay their bills, while one in ten were forced to sell...

Duration:00:20:18

In Praise Of Walking - How We Do It, And Why It's Good For Us

8/15/2019
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Walking is something many of us take for granted, but it has a number of physical and mental health benefits. Shane O'Mara is Professor of Experimental Brain Research at Trinity College Dublin. He has written a book, In Praise of Walking, all about the science of how we walk and why it's good for us. Shane says that the moment we first learn to walk "signals a really important change in development". "We're designed by evolution to engage in moderate levels of walking right throughout the...

Duration:00:11:38

Why Is There Such A Backlash Against Greta Thunberg?

8/15/2019
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Greta Thunberg has become internationally famous for her climate change activism. The 16-year-old from Sweden is currently travelling to New York on a zero-emissions yacht for a UN summit on global warming, a journey that will take two weeks. Her actions have received considerable criticism online, with one of the more disturbing remarks coming from Brexit campaigner Arron Banks, who took to Twitter to make a joke about yachting accidents. Freak yachting accidents do happen in August ......

Duration:00:09:44

Culture Club - Eoin Colfer

8/14/2019
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This week's inductee into our Culture Club is Eoin Colfer, one of the most popular children's authors in the world and the man behind the Artemis Fowl book series. Eoin has two theatre projects in the works. His play, My Real Life, runs at the Viking Theatre in Clontarf from 19-31 August, and he has collaborated with none other than Dustin the Turkey on a musical comedy which makes its debut in September. He joined us to discuss his favourite music, theatre, books, TV shows and films....

Duration:00:31:25

Are Eggs Good For You?

8/14/2019
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Many people enjoy eggs as part of their breakfast, but are they actually good for you? And how many should you be eating a week? Dr Ray Walley joined us for our weekly medical consultation to discuss the effect eggs can have on our health. Cholesterol is a lipid, which is a fat chemical made in your body, and is present in eggs. There is good and bad cholesterol, and bad cholesterol is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. A study of 30,000 people in the United States found that each...

Duration:00:07:10

Students Told To Use Grants To Pay For Accommodation And Choose Local Colleges

8/14/2019
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Following the release of the Leaving Cert results yesterday, two government ministers have made controversial comments regarding student expenses. Education Minister Joe McHugh appeared to suggest that students in rural Ireland should opt for local colleges if they cannot afford to go to university in the major cities. Meanwhile, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor has said that students should use their grants to cover rising accommodation costs. Are these...

Duration:00:11:17

The Best Live Albums Of All Time

8/13/2019
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A few weeks ago on The Last Word's music slot, John Caddell chose a live album by Soft Cell as his Pick of the Week. It sparked a debate among listeners about whether live albums are really any good at all, and if so, which ones qualify as the best. John Caddell and Larissa Nolan returned to this topic tonight and picked some of their own favourite live albums. Jeff Buckey - Live at Sin-é Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Live 1975-85 MC5 - Kick Out the Jams Oasis - Familiar to...

Duration:00:18:29

US Attorney General Promises Accountability For Jeffrey Epstein's Death In Prison

8/13/2019
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Convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his New York prison cell last weekend, but questions remain about whether his death was as a result of suicide. Epstein had been awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking underage girls. He was placed on suicide watch after first attempting to take his own life two weeks earlier, but this was reportedly lifted. It has also since emerged that Epstein was left alone by prison guards in the hours before his death was discovered....

Duration:00:09:52

Peter O'Mahony Looks Ahead To The Rugby World Cup

8/13/2019
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Munster rugby captain Peter O'Mahony is part of the Ireland squad that will shortly be travelling to Japan for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. He is also a Marks & Spencer ambassador. With a World Cup warm-up victory over Italy behind them, Ireland are now gearing up for a training camp in Portugal before they take on England at Twickenham. Peter O'Mahony joined us on The Last Word to discuss preparations and expectations for the World Cup, and how these have differed from the 2015 tournament....

Duration:00:13:02

Rules On Compulsory Irish In Schools To Be Overhauled

8/12/2019
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Rules on compulsory Irish in schools are to be overhauled for the new academic year. Changes to exemptions are among the new reforms being introduced. Students with learning difficulties will no longer require a psychologist's assessment to obtain an exemption from studying Irish. Julian de Spáinn of Conradh na Gaeilge feels this change could put school principals "under additional pressure to give students exemptions when they don't need them." Journalist Declan Lynch thinks that Irish...

Duration:00:15:24

Green Party Councillor Hazel Chu On Why We Shouldn't Ignore Racist Abuse

8/12/2019
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Green Party councillor Hazel Chu has been the target of racist abuse online. It began with a video which referred to her as "that migrant", despite the fact that she was born and raised in Dublin. Those responsible for the video accused her of "curtailing the freedoms of Irish individuals by coming out against hate speech." Since then, Hazel has received anonymous phone calls and racially abusive messages on social media calling for her to be "deported back to China" and saying that she...

Duration:00:08:20

Why Monica Lewinsky Is Producing New TV Drama About Bill Clinton Affair

8/9/2019
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The Bill Clinton sex scandal will be the subject of a new TV drama series entitled Impeachment: American Crime Story, which will air before the 2020 election. The story focuses on Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern, and the impeachment proceedings which followed. In an interesting twist of events, Lewinsky is a producer on the series. She has described her involvement as an opportunity to "reclaim my narrative", despite initial hesitation. She added that her...

Duration:00:22:51