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The Last Word with Matt Cooper

English, Talk, 1 season, 1664 episodes, 17 hours, 43 minutes
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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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EV Charging Arms Opposed By DCC

Janet Horner, Green Party and Dublin City Councillor, and Geraldine Herbert, Motoring Editor for The Sunday Independent joined The Last Word to discuss the latest in motoring stories, including news that may cause hassle for EV drivers.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/16/20248 minutes, 13 seconds
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World Leaders Urge Restraint From Israel After Iranian Attack

What is next for Israel after Iran's major attack over the weekend?Dr. Patrick Bury, Senior Lecturer in Security at the University of Bath and Former NATO Analyst, and Hannah McCarthy, Journalist in Beirut reporting on the Israel-Hamas war, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/16/202410 minutes, 45 seconds
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Top Places To Visit In Tuscany

Sarah Slattery from travelexpert.ie is back with her recommendations for the beautiful region of Tuscany, Italy.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/16/202410 minutes, 28 seconds
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Hot School Meal Programme Expanded To 900 Schools

900 schools have been added to the new hot school meal programme, bringing the total to 2,000.TD Heather Humphries, Minister for Social Protection joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/16/20249 minutes, 50 seconds
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Fianna Fáil Gather for Last Ard Fheis Before General Election

Fianna Fáil's final Ard Fheis before the general election takes place today and tomorrow, Minister for Finance, Michael McGrath joined The Last Word to discuss the challenges being faced by Ireland as we approach another election.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/12/202411 minutes, 27 seconds
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The Week Trending

Michael Clifford, Special Correspondent with The Irish Examiner, and Laura Byrne from thejournal.ie joined The Last Word to discuss the week's biggest stories, including Ireland's new Taoiseach, and the death of OJ Simpson.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/12/202412 minutes, 39 seconds
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Gardaí Told To Do 30 Minutes Road Safety Work On Each Shift

With the numbers of deaths on Irish roads rising dramatically, Gardaí have been instructed to conduct 30 minutes of high visibility road policing during each shift.Former Transport Minister, Shane Ross joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/12/202410 minutes, 30 seconds
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Has The EU Caved Into Farmer's Protests?

Is the EU scaling back on it's environmental ambitions?John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/11/20249 minutes, 16 seconds
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Innovations In Laundry Tech

Andy O'Donoghue joined The Last Word with the latest and greatest in laundry tech to help you keep your clothes clean with less stress!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/11/20249 minutes, 20 seconds
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OJ Simpson Dies Aged 76

OJ Simpson has died aged 76.Marion McKeone, US Correspondent for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/11/20248 minutes, 40 seconds
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Cancer Society Warns That Some Care Is Going 'Backwards'

How well has the National Cancer Strategy actually been implemented?Averil Power, CEO of the Irish Cancer Society joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/10/20247 minutes, 30 seconds
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60% Would Turn Down A Job That Doesn't Offer Hybrid Work

According to the annual CPL Jobs Survey has found that 60% of people would turn down a job if it doesn't offer an option for hybrid working.Ian Guider, Columnist for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/10/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Bankers Accused Of 'Discriminating Against Mortgage Holders For Green Lending Rates

Are banks guilty of discriminating against those who can't qualify for a 'green mortgage'?Charlie Weston. Personal Finance Editor for The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/10/20248 minutes, 7 seconds
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Culture Club: Helen Steele

Designer Helen Steele joined us this week for The Culture Club!Press the 'Play' button on this page to hear her choices.
4/10/202433 minutes, 40 seconds
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Big Busk Stories: Lisa's One Year Old Daughter Was Born Into Homelessness

"When the night comes and she's asleep I just ask What am I doing wrong?"Lisa’s one year old daughter was born into homelessness and they’re living in emergency accommodation. We're all in for the Big Busk for Focus Ireland to help end homelessness in Ireland, are you?Get involved at TodayFM.com/Busk
4/10/20241 minute, 56 seconds
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Female MEPs Warned Of Deepfake Image Threats Ahead Of Election

Female members of the European Parliament, and those contesting seats in the forthcoming election have been warned of a risk of sexually explicit, 'Deepfake' images being used against them. Elaine Burke, Host of the For Tech's Sake podcast, and Maria Walsh, Fine Gael MEP for Midlands North-West joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/8/20247 minutes, 41 seconds
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Property Prices Rising At Fastest Pace In 18 Months

According to the myhome.ie report, Ireland's housing market is 'heating up again'. Conall Mac Collie, Chief Economist for Bank of Ireland, and Author of the myhome.ie report, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/8/20246 minutes, 30 seconds
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Plans To Increase Sick Leave Days Could Be Paused

Incoming Taoiseach Simon Harris has suggested that plans to increase the number of sick days workers are entitled to should be put on hold.Owen Reidy, ICTU General Secretary, John Barry, ISME National Council Member & MD of Management Support Services joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/8/202411 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Best Travel Deals For April

Are there any good last minute deals to help you get away from the rain?Sarah Slattery says there are loads!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/8/20248 minutes, 32 seconds
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Big Busk Stories: "It's Not Just People In Addiction Or People With Family Breakdown It Can Be Anyone"

Chloe works in the Focus Ireland coffee shop with those experiencing homelessness. We're all in for the Big Busk for Focus Ireland to help end homelessness in Ireland, are you?Get involved at TodayFM.com/Busk
4/8/20241 minute, 32 seconds
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No Confidence In RSA From Road Safety Groups

Over 30 road safety advocate bodies have declared no confidence in the Road Safety Authority.Jason Cullen, Chairperson for the Dublin Commuter Coalition, and Janet Horgan, Green Party Councillor joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/5/202410 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Week Trending

Roe McDermott, Irish Times Columnist, and Dave Hanratty, Host of the No Encore podcast joined The Last Word to discuss the week's biggest trending stories, including calls for Eurovision boycott. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/5/202419 minutes, 7 seconds
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Storm Kathleen To Make Conditions Worse For Farmers

Record rainfall which shows no sign of stopping is to worsen again with the arrival of storm Kathleen to Ireland. Richard Hackett, Agricultural Consultant, and Francie Gorman, IFA President joined The Last Word t discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/5/202412 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Irish Language Is Having A Moment

Writer and Irish language enthusiast Manchán Magan joined The Last Word to discuss the Irish language and it's place in contemporary Ireland.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/5/202411 minutes, 31 seconds
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Climate Change To Be Taught At Leaving Cert Level

What is your opinion on climate change being introduced as a subject at Leaving Cert level in Irish schools?John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/5/202413 minutes, 21 seconds
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A United Ireland Would Cost €20Bn A Year For 20 Years, New Report Says

A new report suggests a united Ireland would cost €20 billion a year for 20 years. But how was this figure reached?Professor John Fitzgerald of Trinity College, and Padraig MacLochlainn, Sinn Féin TD for Donegal joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/5/202413 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Latest In Spring Cleaning Tech

From robot window cleaners to smart bins, Andy O'Donoghue is back for Tech Thursday with the latest in tech for your spring cleaning!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/5/20248 minutes, 26 seconds
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Big Busk Stories: The Lasting Impact Of Being Placed In Care Can Have On A Child

Keilie O’Danza is 25 years old and a care leaver. Keilie was taken into care at 10 and is still traumatised about the time Gardaí arrived to her home with social workers to physically take her into care. She remains upset that she was separated from her younger siblings and feels the familial bonds were broken. When she turned 18, she voluntarily returned to her family of origin, and while she is still in contact with them, she felt she needed to live alone.Keilie joined Matt Cooper on The Last Word to chat about her experience with homelessness in Ireland, and the important role Focus Ireland has played in her life.On April 12th Today FM's Big Busk for Focus Ireland is taking place, we are asking you to go all in to help end homelessness in Ireland.To take part head to todayfm.com/busk
4/4/20249 minutes, 18 seconds
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Not Enough Gardaí To Police Capital's Streets , Says Dublin City Council CEO

Pat Gates, Coordinator for the Young People At Risk Programme in the North Inner City, and Richard Guiney, Chief Executive for Dublin Town joined The Last Word to discuss the challenges facing An Garda Síochána around policing Dublin City. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/4/202411 minutes, 30 seconds
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Culture Club: Neil Martin

World-class Musician and Composer Neil Martin joined us on The Last Word this week for The Culture Club!Press the 'Play' button on this page to hear his choices.
4/4/202430 minutes, 29 seconds
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Record Rainfall Impacting Food Production

Alan O'Reilly from Carlow Weather, and Food Economist, Ciaran Fitzgerald joined The Last Word to discuss the effect the current record rainfall in Ireland is having on our agricultural business.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/4/20248 minutes, 32 seconds
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Vacant Homes Tax 'Probably Raised Less Than It Cost'

The vacant homes tax has raised only €2 million since it's been introduced. With vacant properties all over Ireland, why is this figure so small?Charlie Weston joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/4/20249 minutes, 13 seconds
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State-Owned Asylum Accommodation Could Cost €5BN Over 20 Years

Minister Rodrick O'Gorman plans to spend up to €5 billion over the next 20 years on 10,000 asylum seeker beds.Aisling Moloney , Political Correspondent with The Irish Daily Mail joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/2/20245 minutes, 53 seconds
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Simon Coveney Stepping Down From Cabinet

What are the reasons for Simon Coveney's sudden departure from cabinet, and where does this leave Simon Harris as he takes over as Taoiseach?Danny McConnell, Editor of The Business Post, and Gary Murphy, Professor of Politics at The School of Law and Government in DCU joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/2/202411 minutes
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Unions Highlight Teacher Supply Crisis

How is Ireland going to deal with a teacher shortage in both primary and secondary schools?Norma Foley, Minister For Education joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/2/202411 minutes, 39 seconds
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Should SUV Drivers Pay Even Higher Penalties To Drive And Park?

With the prices of fuel increasing, should SUV drivers pay more than other road users?Brenda Power, Columnist with The Irish Daily Mail & Sunday Times, and Kevin McPartlan, Chief Executive of Fuels For Ireland joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
4/2/202411 minutes, 28 seconds
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ICTU Challenges Employer 'Myths' Around Work Reforms

Have the Government done too much in relation to imposing additional costs on businesses in recent years?Owen Reidy, General Secretary of the ICTU, and Danny McCoy, CEO of Ibec joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/28/202412 minutes, 38 seconds
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Anti-Driver Or Pure Common Sense? - The Government's Latest Transport Plan

What does John Gibbons have to say about Eamon Ryan's newly approved traffic legislation? Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/28/202412 minutes, 23 seconds
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Will It Become Too Expensive To Own Cars In Urban Areas?

Shane O’Donoghue, Editor for CompleteCar.ie, and Paul Walsh, Chief Executive of Peopl Insurance joined The Last Word to discuss the possibility of economically unviable car ownership in urban centres, following on from yesterday's cabinet's approval on new traffic reduction measures.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/28/20249 minutes, 32 seconds
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Wireless Accessories For Laptop Or PC

Are you on the hunt for the best selection of wireless add-ons and accessories for your laptop or PC?Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word for Tech Thursday with his top recommendations!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/28/20249 minutes, 51 seconds
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Culture Club: Guy Garvey

Guy Garvey, lead singer of Elbow joined us this week for The Culture Club!Press the 'Play' button on this page to hear his choices!
3/27/202433 minutes, 49 seconds
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Tom Vaughan Lawlor On His New Movie About The Homeless World Cup

Actor Tom Vaughan Lawlor joined The Last Word to discuss his latest film, The Beautiful Game, releasing on Netflix on the 29th of March.Today FM’s Big Busk for Focus Ireland is taking place on Friday 12th April.Over 13,500 people are without a home in Ireland – that’s the equivalent of the entire population of Mallow in County Cork.Imagine not climbing into your own bed every night, not being able to cook your own dinner and trying every day to hide the fear in your eyes from your children. That’s the daily reality for thousands of families.You can donate right now – it’s very simple – go to todayfm.com/busk
3/27/202411 minutes, 33 seconds
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Government Signs Off On Pension Enrolment Scheme

Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor for The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss details on the new Pension Auto Enrolment Scheme, approved today by cabinet. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/27/20246 minutes, 31 seconds
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Cabinet Approves Green Strategy To Reduce Car Use

Local authorities will have the power to introduce traffic congestion charges in the future as part of a new strategy aimed at reducing private car use.Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan has received Cabinet approval for the strategy, which focuses on reducing car use in urban centres to address congestion, pollution and to help reach the country’s transport climate targets.He joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/27/202412 minutes, 51 seconds
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Rescue Underway After Baltimore Bridge Bridge Collapse

Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated US Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss this morning's tragic events in Baltimore.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/26/202419 minutes, 6 seconds
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Diageo Announces Price Increase On Pints

Why have Diageo decided to increase prices on their draft beers?Ian Guider, Business Columnist for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/26/20246 minutes, 57 seconds
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Big Busk: Interview With Focus Ambassador

On The Last Word, Matt spoke to James Flanagan about his experience of homelessness.TodayFM's Big Busk for Focus Ireland is taking place on Friday 12th April.Over 13,500 people are without a home in Ireland - that's the entire population of Mallow in County Cork. Imagine not climbing into your own bed every night, not being able to cook your own dinner and trying every day to hide the fear in your eyes from your children. That's the daily reality for thousands of families.You can donate now - it's very simple - go to todayfm.com/busk
3/26/202412 minutes, 6 seconds
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FG Backbenchers Concerns Over Sale Of Alcohol Bill

Where does Fine Geal stand in relation to enacting Ireland's Sale of Alcohol Bill, which will allow pubs and nightclubs to stay open for longer?Sunil Sharpe from Give Us The Night, and John Clendennen, VFI President and Owner of Giltraps in Kinnity, Co. Offaly joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/26/20249 minutes, 51 seconds
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UK Government Believes China, Russia, And Iran Have Been Behind The Recent Disinformation About The Princess Of Wales

Nick Ferrari, Presenter of Nick Ferrari At Breakfast on LBC Radio, joined The Last Word to discuss the recent disinformation spread about the Princess of Wales, Kate Middleton.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/25/20247 minutes, 41 seconds
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As Simon Harris Takes The Reigns, What's Next For Fine Gael?

Danny McConnell, Editor for The Business Post, and Senator Barry Ward of Fine Gael joined The Last Word to give their opinions and predictions on Fine Gael's next steps as Simon Harris takes the reigns as Taoiseach.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/25/202416 minutes, 58 seconds
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Kos And Zakynthos

How does a direct flight to a beautiful Greek island sound?Sarah Slattery from travelexpert.ie joined The Last Word with all of the information you need!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/25/20249 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ireland To Adopt Migration Rules That Would See The Speedy Return Of Undocumented Migrants

Cathal Malone, Immigration Lawyer, and Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil MEP for Ireland South joined The Last Word to discuss the possibility of the Irish Government signing up to the EU's Migration and Asylum Pact. But what will this mean for Ireland?Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/25/20249 minutes, 46 seconds
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Leo Resigns

Everyone seems to be talking after Leo's shock departure yesterday.Aisling Moloney, Political editor with the Irish Daily Mail and Holly Cairns, leader of the Social Democrats join Matt to discuss.For the full chat click the 'Play' button below.
3/23/20241 hour, 40 seconds
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John O'Shea Takes Charge Of His First Game As Rep. Of Ireland Manager Against Belgium Tomorrow

Is John O'Shea's first game as interim manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team an audition of sorts for a position as full-time manager?Gavin Cooney, Sportswriter for the42 joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/22/202411 minutes
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The Week Trending

Finn McRedmond, Columnist for The Irish Times and Eoghan Tomás McDermott, MD of The Communications Clinic joined The Last Word to discuss the week's biggest trending stories.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/22/202424 minutes, 10 seconds
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What Kind Of Taoiseach Will Simon Harris Be?

Gary Murphy, Professor of Politics at The School of Law and Government in DCU, Sarah Carey, Columnist for The Irish Independent, and Craig Hughes, Political Editor for The Irish Daily Mail joined The Last Word for a two part special to discuss the most important political question of the week, what kind of Taoiseach will Simon Harris be?Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/22/202422 minutes, 30 seconds
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In Case You Missed It: Culture Club With Simon Harris

All eyes are on Simon Harris this weekend.In January The Last Word caught up with the Minister for Justice and Minister for Higher Education so he could talk us through his Culture Club.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/22/202430 minutes, 15 seconds
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How To Spot The Signs Of Burnout

Do you feel like every day stresses are becoming too much? Leisha McGrath, Chartered Work & Organisational Psychologist joined The Last Word to discuss burnout and how to recognise the signs.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/21/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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Simon Harris On The Verge Of Replacing Leo Varadkar As Fine Gael Leader And Taoiseach

Daniel McConnell, Editor of The Business Post, and Neale Richmond, Fine Gael TD and Minister of State for Business and Employment & Retail joined The Last Word to discuss the latest news on Leo Varadkar's potential replacement following his sudden exit. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/21/202413 minutes, 13 seconds
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How To Make Your Smartphone Or Tablet Your Office

How can you maximise your smartphone or tablet to make it your own portable office?Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/21/20248 minutes, 43 seconds
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Do You Feel Underpaid?

Do you feel underpaid? Would perks like extra holidays or health insurance make your job more bearable?Dr. Tom McDonnell, Co-Director at the Nevin Economic Research Institute, Ben Finnegan, TodayFM News Anchor, and Peter Cosgrove, Managing Director at Futurewise joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/21/202411 minutes, 31 seconds
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Business News: A Good Taoiseach For Business?

Leo announced his shock resignation today, but just how good of a Taoiseach was he for business? Ian Guider, Business columnist, Business Post joins Matt to discuss. For the full chat click the 'Play' button on this page.
3/21/20246 minutes, 16 seconds
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Business News: Ted Baker Calls In Administrators

Hundreds of jobs at risk as Ted Baker calls in administrators.Ian Guider, Business Columnist, Business Post joins Matt to discuss. For the full chat click the 'Play' button on this page.
3/20/20245 minutes, 36 seconds
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US With Cal And Marion: Trump Can't Make $464m Bond

Trump has once again hit headlines, he now can't make $464m bond. Cal Thomas, a Nationally syndicated US columnist and Marion Mckeone, US correspondent, Business Post join Matt to discuss. Full the full chat click the 'Play' button below.
3/20/202412 minutes, 53 seconds
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Leo Resigns

Everyone seems to be talking after Leo's shock departure yesterday. Aisling Moloney, Political editor with the Irish Daily Mail and Holly Cairns, leader of the Social Democrats join Matt to discuss. For the full chat click the 'Play' button below.
3/20/20241 hour, 40 seconds
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Killer Of Garda Det Jerry McCabe Found Dead

Convicted Garda killer Pearse McAuley has been found dead at his home in Strabane.Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times journalist and co-author with Tommy Conlan of The Kidnapping joins Matt to discuss. For the full chat click the play button below.
3/19/20248 minutes
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Poor Connectivity Affects Readings From Thousands Of Smart Meters

Poor connectivity affects readings from thousands of smart metersDaragh Cassidy, head of communications in Bonkers.ie and Carmel O'Connor ESB Networks smart metering project manager join Matt to discuss. For the full chat click the 'Play' button on this page.
3/19/202412 minutes, 57 seconds
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The Week Trending: Louis Walsh vs. Jedward, Irish Bands Pull out of SXSW and Kate Gate

In a whirlwind of a week where Louis Walsh and Jedward go head to head, some Irish artists have pulled out of a music festival in the US and 'Kate Gate' continues to rumble on in the background.Sarah McGuinness, Assistant News Editor of the Business Post and Today FM's Ben Finnegan discuss the Week Trending.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/15/202422 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ryanair and Eir Among Most Complained About Irish Companies

Ryanair and Eir are just some of the top complained about companies in Ireland.Gráinne Griffin, director of communications with the CCPC joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/15/20247 minutes, 22 seconds
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Taoiseach Visits Biden in The White House

Leo Varadkar is in Washington D.C. where today he was hosted by US President Joe Biden.Marion McKeone, US Correspondent with The Business Post joined The Last Word.
3/15/20247 minutes, 16 seconds
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Extra Cut for Tracker Mortgage Holders Due in Autumn

Finally some good news for tracker mortgage holders.Michael Dowling, Managing Director of Dowling Financial joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/14/20245 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tech Thursday: Recycling Old Laptops and Phones

On Tech Thursday, Andy O'Donoghue discussed recycling old devices and the benefits.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/14/20249 minutes, 59 seconds
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Varadkar Backs Proposals for Deportation of Asylum Seekers to 'Safe' Countries

The European People's Party is proposing to deport asylum seekers to countries on the 'safe' list.Cathal Malone, an immigration lawyer, and Daniel McConnell, Editor of the Business Post joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/14/202412 minutes, 49 seconds
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EU Taking Action Over Alleged Failure to Protect Bogs

The EU is taking a case against Ireland and its treatment of its own bogs.The Last Word on the Environment with John Gibbons.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/14/202413 minutes, 14 seconds
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Asylum Seekers Suffering from Respiratory Illness in Makeshift Dublin Camp

There are concerns Asylum Seekers sleeping in tents in a makeshift camp in Dublin.Kitty Holland - Social Affairs Correspondent with The Irish Times and Nick Henderson - CEO of the Irish Refugee Council.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/13/202413 minutes, 33 seconds
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European Parliament Votes to Tighten Laws on AI

The European Parliament has voted to bring in tighter controls on Artificial Intelligence.Adrian Weckler, Tech editor of the Irish Independent and Fine Gael MEP Deirdre Clune joined The Last Word.
3/13/202410 minutes, 2 seconds
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More Fuel Price Hikes on The Way

Further hikes to petrol and diesel are on the way this April.Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with the Irish Independent joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/13/202411 minutes, 19 seconds
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Leo Varadkar Delivers Speech on Gaza in Boston

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in the US and Trump says there'll be no money for Ukraine if he gets into power.The Last Word on the US with Cal Thomas and Marion McKeone.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/12/202415 minutes, 24 seconds
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How Climate is Affecting People in Malawi

Our own Ben Finnegan from the Today FM newsroom visited Malawi to see first hand the devastation climate change is causing.He joined Matt to talk about what he saw on the ground with Trocaire.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/12/20249 minutes, 36 seconds
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Former RTÉ Journalist Charlie Bird Dies Aged 74

The former RTÉ news journalist Charlie Bird has passed away. He had been diagnosed with MND and had raised money for various charities in recent years.The Last Word remembered him with his friend Paul Allen of Paul Allen & Associates PR.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/12/20249 minutes, 17 seconds
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Irish Artists Pull Out of Texas Music Festival over Military Links

Irish musicians such as Kneecap and Gavin James have pulled out of a US music festival in protest over the war in Gaza.The Last Word on Music with Dave Hanratty and John Caddell.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/12/202417 minutes, 19 seconds
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Why Did the Government Fail to Get Recent Referendums Passed?

Why did the government fail in its 'Yes/Yes' campaign?Daniel McConnell, Editor, of Business Post, Aisling Moloney, Political Correspondent, Irish Daily Mail and Gerard Howlin, Public Affairs Consultant and former Gov Advisor joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/11/202427 minutes, 34 seconds
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2024 Housing Targets Unlikely to Be Met

The 2024 housing targets are unlikely to be met.The Last Word on Business with Ian Guider from The Business Post.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/11/20245 minutes, 46 seconds
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Jimmy Kimmel Fails To Shine in Oscars Monologue

In the Last Word on TV and Streaming we look back at the Oscars over the weekend.Joe O'Shea and Elaine Burke joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/11/202412 minutes, 5 seconds
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Kate Middleton Apologises For 'Confusion' Over Edited Photo

The Princess of Wales has apologised over an edited photo published on Mother's Day.Finn McRedmond, Columnist for the Irish Times joined The Last Word from London.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/11/202410 minutes, 12 seconds
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Report Finds Lives Were "Sacrificed" to Protect British Agent

A report has found that lives were "sacrificed" to protect a British agent nicknamed "stakeknife".Richard O’Rawe, former Republican prisoner and author of “Stakeknife's Dirty War: The Inside Story of Scappaticci, the IRA's Nutting Squad and the British Spooks Who Ran the War” joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/8/20247 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Week Trending: International Women's Day, Christian Horner Allegations and Calvin Klein Campaign

Lorcan Nyhan - Head of Training with the Communications Clinic and Edel Coffey - Columnist & Author of ‘Breaking Point joined The Last Word for The Week Trending.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/8/202422 minutes, 36 seconds
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Plans for 6AM Closing Time for Nightclubs Delayed

The Taoiseach has admitted that 6 am closing times for nightclubs and extended bar opening times aren't likely to happen this summer.Ian Redmond, co-owner of Hyde nightclub in Dublin joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/8/20248 minutes, 18 seconds
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A Preview of The Oscars

The Oscars happen this weekend, with many Irish talents in the running for awards.Brian Lloyd from entertainment.ie joined Matt for The Last Word on Movies.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/7/202413 minutes, 50 seconds
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You Now Have The Right To Request to Work Remotely

The government has introduced measures allowing you to request to work remotely.To get the ins and outs of it, Síobhra Rush - Head of Lewis Silkin Ireland.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/7/20245 minutes, 8 seconds
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What is Technostress and Can You Manage It?

Exactly what is technostress? Do you suffer from it?Tech Thursday on The Last Word with Andy O'Donoghue.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/7/20249 minutes, 47 seconds
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Could AI Help Climate Change?

Could Artificial Intelligence help climate change?We find out with John Gibbons on The Last Word on Environment.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/7/202410 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Growing Problem of Disinformation in The Media

Marianna Spring is the BBC  Disinformation & Social Media Correspondent.She joined The Last Word to discuss her book Among the Trolls: My Journey Through Conspiracy Land.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/6/202412 minutes, 31 seconds
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Some SSE Airtricity Customers Were Sent The Wrong Bills

Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with the Irish Independent joined The Last Word to talk personal finance and to answer your questions.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/6/202412 minutes, 22 seconds
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Sex Education to Be Taught at Younger Age in Primary Schools

A new Primary School curriculum would see sex education taught at a younger age.Carl O’Brien, education editor at The Irish Times and Simon Lewis, Principal of Carlow Educate Together National School joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/6/202411 minutes, 7 seconds
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Trump Predicts to Win 15 States on Super Tuesday

Super Tuesday has been uneventful compared to previous years.To give us the latest, Marion McKeone, US Correspondent with The Business Post and Cal Thomas, nationally syndicated columnist joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/5/202413 minutes, 11 seconds
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No Confidentiality Clauses for Future RTÉ Exits

The Public Accounts Committee has made several recommendations for RTÉ.Brian Stanley, the chair of the Public Accounts Committee and Lorcan Nyhan, head of training with The Communications Clinic joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/5/202413 minutes, 24 seconds
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Debate: Referendum on Carers

In this podcast, we bring you an extended debate from both sides of the Care Referendum, which takes place on March 8th.Damien Peelo – CEO of Treoir. Tom Clonan - Independent Senator, Orla O’Connor – Director of the National Women’s Council and Becky Kealy – Cork North West candidate with Aontu joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/5/202432 minutes, 45 seconds
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Is Joe Biden's Administration Becoming Tired Israel's Actions in Gaza?

Is the US ready to change its policy on its stance with Israel's invasion of Gaza?Larry Donnelly, lecturer in law at the University of Galway joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/5/20247 minutes, 31 seconds
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Botox is Being Given Illegally In Various Counties

An RTÉ investigates program has found many people are giving botox illegally in Ireland.Pamela Fraher, reporter with RTE Investigates joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/5/202410 minutes, 2 seconds
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Apple Fined €1.8 Billion for Breaking Streaming Rules

Apple has been fined almost 2 billion euro by the EU for breaching streaming rules, after Spotify raised the issue in 2019.Ian Guider from The Business Post joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/5/20249 minutes, 43 seconds
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National Stop Food Waste Day- Food Waste Costs Average Irish Household €700 Per Year

Conor Spacey, Author & Culinary Director of Food Space joined The Last Word to discuss National Stop Food Waste Day, with over 3/4 of a billion tonnes of food being wasted in Ireland every year.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/1/20248 minutes, 28 seconds
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EV Sales Down As Drivers Switch To Hybrids

Why are more drivers now opting for hybrids over fully electric vehicles?Ian Guider, Business Columnist with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/1/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Week Trending

Ian Power, CEO of Spunout, and Aoife Barry, Journalist and Author of Social Capital joined The Last Word to discuss the week's biggest trending stories, including Glasgow's Willy Wonka Experience.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/1/202423 minutes, 53 seconds
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Using Warranties And Insurance To Keep Your Tech Safe And Well

Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word for Tech Thursday to discuss the ins and outs of warranties and insurance for protecting your tech.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/1/20248 minutes, 21 seconds
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Michael O'Leary Renews His Attack On The Green Party

John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss Michael O'Leary's latest public statements about the Green Party.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/1/202417 minutes, 47 seconds
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Daniel Wiffen On His Aspirations For This Year's Paris Olympics

Daniel Wiffen, Double World Champion Swimmer joined The Last Word to discuss his hopes for this year's Olympic Games.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/1/20249 minutes, 57 seconds
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In What Circumstances Do Companies Award Lucrative Exit Packages?

When will a company award a lucrative exit package to an employee?Julie Galbraith, Partner in Employment Law at global law firm, Eversheds Sutherland joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
3/1/20249 minutes, 28 seconds
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People Less Inclined To Support Climate Measures That Cost Them Money, EPA Survey Finds

John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss a new major national survey from the EPA on attitudes toward climate change.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/29/202412 minutes, 26 seconds
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Culture Club: Ed Guiney

Ed Guiney, Co-Founder of Element Pictures joined us this week for The Culture Club!Press the 'Play' button on this page to hear his choices.
2/28/202434 minutes, 7 seconds
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Thousands Of Homeowners Face Massive Mortgage Increases

Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor for The Independent joined The Last Word to discuss huge mortgage hikes that thousands of homeowners are now facing. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/28/20246 minutes, 53 seconds
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Kings of Leon Announce Irish Summer Gig

Kings of Leon, Journey and much more are coming to Ireland.Dee Reddy and John Caddell joined The Last Word for the weekly music slot.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/27/202419 minutes, 22 seconds
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Debate: Referendum on the Family

Our referendum coverage has begun with a debate on the referendum on the family.Senators Michael McDowell and Fiona O'Loughlin, Brenda Power Columnist with the Sunday Times and Irish Mail and Karen Kiernan, Chief Executive of One Family joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/27/202431 minutes, 37 seconds
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41% of Parents Skipping Meals to Feed Kids

A Bernardos survey has found over 41% of parents are skipping meals for their kids.Stephen Moffatt - Barnardos National Policy Manager joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/27/20247 minutes, 34 seconds
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Was Trump's South Carolina Victory as Definitive as He Claims?

Was Trump's victory in South Carolina as important as he says it is?We discuss with Cal Thomas, nationally syndicated US columnist and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent, Business Post.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/27/202412 minutes, 36 seconds
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RTÉ Say Kneecap Broke Agreement Not to Wear Pro-Palestinian Badges On Air

RTÉ have said that rap group Kneecap agreed not to wear Pro-Palestine badges on The Late Late Show last Friday, but did it anyway.The Last Word on TV and Streaming with Elaine Burke and Joe O'Shea.Catch the fill chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/26/202416 minutes, 35 seconds
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Ballyseedy Garden Centre Says It Will Remain Open Despite Recent Developments

Ballyseedy Garden Centre in Kerry is to remain in business despite the CEO being charged with serious drug offences.Conor Lally, Security and Crime Editor with The Irish Times joined The Last Word.Catch the fill chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/26/202411 minutes, 32 seconds
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All Inclusive Holidays: Why They Might Be For You

Sarah Slattery, from travelexpert.ie joined The Last Word to tell us why you should book an all-inclusive holiday.Catch the fill chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/26/20249 minutes, 38 seconds
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Catherine Martin to Appear at Oireachtas Media Committee Tomorrow Night

Media Minister Catherine Martin will appear before the Oireachtas Media Committee tomorrow night as the RTÉ crisis continues.Fianna Fáil Senator and Committee Member Malcolm Byrne and Louise Burne, Political Correspondent with the Irish Mirror joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/26/202413 minutes, 5 seconds
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Rent Inflation Slows In Dublin But Rises Everywhere Else

Ian Guider, Columnist with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss the latest Daft report on rental prices.Catch the fill chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/24/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Week Trending

John Gibbons and Brianna Parkins joined The Last Word to discuss the week's biggest trending stories, including a new high for the price of a pint!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/24/202419 minutes, 46 seconds
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Guide To The Two Upcoming Referendums

Justice Marie Baker, Chair of the Electoral Commission joined The Last Word to discuss the details of the two referendums taking place on the 8th of March. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/24/202414 minutes, 31 seconds
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Gardaí Believe Mexican Drug Cartel Has Created An Irish Hub

Gardaí believe a Mexican drug cartel has set up shop here in Ireland. It comes after a multi-million euro drug seizure earlier in the week.Conor Lally, Security and Crime Editor of The Irish Times joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/21/20248 minutes, 6 seconds
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Business: How Much Money Do We Owe?

New numbers are showing our national debt, and the figures are staggering.Ian Guider from The Business Post joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/21/20246 minutes, 13 seconds
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The Latest Dodgy Box Crackdown

Pirated Firesticks are the latest to be targeted in a new dodgy box crackdown.Elaine Burke, Host of For Tech Sakes Podcast joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/21/20247 minutes, 18 seconds
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The Hunt For The New Republic Of Ireland Manager Takes Yet Another Turn

Chris Coleman has ruled himself out of the running for the role of Republic of Ireland football manager. Gavin Cooney - Sportswriter with The42.ie joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/20/20248 minutes, 36 seconds
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Can Trump Afford To Pay The $354M Fine Imposed On Him At The Weekend?

Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated US Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss the latest in political stories and other news from the US.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/20/202411 minutes, 50 seconds
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Internal Assessment After Death Of Second Teenage Girl At University Hospital Limerick

Priscilla Lynch, Clinical Editor for The Irish Medical Independent joined The Last Word to discuss the reported death of a teenage girl at University Hospital Limerick.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/20/20248 minutes, 48 seconds
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Psoriasis Sufferers Could Help Shed Light On Arthritis Risk

Professor Caitriona Ryan, Consultant Dermatologist at the Institute of Dermatologists, and Raisa Boyd,  who has suffered from psoriasis since she was 14, joined The Last Word to discuss the condition, as well as an ongoing study in UCD. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.If you are over 18 years old, have psoriasis, have not previously been diagnosed with psoriatic (pronounced sir-e-at-ik) arthritis, and are interested in taking part in this UCD research study, visit www.hpos.study
2/20/202411 minutes, 22 seconds
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Leo Varadkar on Upcoming Referenda

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar joined Zara King on The Last Word to talk about the upcoming referenda.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/19/202412 minutes, 46 seconds
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All You Need To Know To Book A Bucket List Trip To Colombia

Have you ever thought of a getaway to Colombia?Sinéad Kennedy, travel writer and solo travel expert joined Zara on The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/19/20248 minutes, 40 seconds
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How Would You Feel About Paying a Mortgage Until You're 80?

A new lender, Moco, has entered the mortgage offering competitive rates in exchange for paying a mortgage up until you're 80th birthday.Michael Dowling, Managing Director of Dowling Financial joined Zara King on The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/19/202411 minutes, 17 seconds
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Why Are So Many Women Having Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is now more popular than ever among women, but why?To find out, Jennifer Rock from Skinnerd.com, Dr. Brian Higgins from Galway Primary Care and Psycotherapist Dr. Finian Fallon joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/16/202413 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Deposit Return Scheme: 2 Weeks On

It's now two weeks since the Re-Turn scheme was launched in Ireland, but how is it working? Ossian Smyth, Minister of State with Responsibility for the Circular Economy joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/16/202411 minutes, 42 seconds
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Pressure Mounts on Israel to Drop Rafah Offensive

Pressure is mounting on Israel to stop its offensive on the Rafah border crossing.With more, Hamish Young, Emergency Coordinator for UNICEF in Rafah joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/16/20247 minutes, 37 seconds
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School Uniforms May Hinder Exercise, Finds Study

Ray Silke, Former All Ireland Winner & Secondary School Teacher in Galway joined The Last Word to discuss a new study from the World Health Organisation which suggests school uniforms can decrease the amount of exercise done by students.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/15/20247 minutes, 58 seconds
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Turbulence On Planes Is Increasing Alarmingly- And Climate Change Is To Blame

Severe turbulence has increased by about 55% according to a study from the University of Reading.John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/15/202410 minutes, 55 seconds
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Oat Milk In, Nightclub Admission Out- CPI Basket Of Goods Updated

How is consumer price inflation actually measured?Edel Flannery, Head of the Prices Division at the CSO joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/15/20248 minutes, 8 seconds
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Smart Home Tech

Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word to discuss his top picks for the best smart home tech to help make your life easier!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/15/20249 minutes, 12 seconds
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Food Delivery Drivers Join International Strike Over Low Pay

A food delivery may be off the cards for now as many drivers are striking. Why is this?Fiachra Ó Luain, Labour Rights Officer at the English Language Students Union joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/14/20249 minutes, 29 seconds
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Culture Club: Anna Carey

Author of The Making of Mollie, Anna Carey joined us this week for The Culture Club!The Making of Mollie has been adapted for the stage at The Ark.Hear all of her choices by pressing the 'Play' button this page.
2/14/202431 minutes, 25 seconds
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Home Owners Warned Over Fire Risk To Tumble Dryers

Home owners are being warned to be vigilant with tumble dryers over risk of the appliances catching fire.Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor for The Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/14/20248 minutes, 12 seconds
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Minister Holds Talks With Social Media Companies Over Online Safety For Children

Minister for Education, Norma Foley met with representatives from social media companies today to discuss the safety of children when it comes to using online platforms. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/14/202412 minutes, 18 seconds
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AC/DC Announce Croke Park Date For August

Legendary rock band AC/DC have announced they will play Dublin's Croke Park this August.John Caddell and Dee Reddy joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/14/202421 minutes, 52 seconds
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Pitfalls Of Workplace Romances

Should there be stricter rules in place around workplace romances?Catherine Hayes, Managing Associate for Lewis Silkin , and Sinead Brady, Career Psychologist joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/14/20248 minutes, 9 seconds
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Biden Calls Netanyahu An "Asshole", But Will He Do Anything To Prevent Siege Of Rafah?

Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated US Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss the latest in politics, and other news from the US.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/14/202416 minutes, 50 seconds
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Paschal Donohoe Announces New Public Sector Pay Deal

Minister for Public Expenditure, Paschal Donohoe joined The Last Word to discuss details of the Government's new Public Sector Pay Deal, announced earlier today.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/14/202414 minutes, 19 seconds
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Johnny Ronan to Build 17 Storey Building in Dublin

Developer Johnny Ronan is to build a 17-storey building in Dublin.Ian Guider from The Business Post joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/12/20246 minutes, 22 seconds
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Alan Partridge is Returning to The BBC

Joe O'Shea and Elaine Burke joined The Last Word for the weekly streaming and TV slot.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/12/202410 minutes, 43 seconds
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Why Are There Few Flights from Ireland's Regional Airports?

Seen as Dublin Airport is reportedly at capacity, why are there so few flights from Ireland's Regional Airports?Sarah Slattery from TheTravelExpert.ie joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/12/20248 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Stress And Terror of Being Stalked

'Stalked' airs tonight on Virgin Media, and depicts distressing stories.Jarlath Rice, a stalking victim whose stalker was sentenced to four years in prison and Alan Bradley, producer and director of the documentary joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/12/202410 minutes, 30 seconds
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Conspiracy Theories And Hysteria Follow Travis And Taylor To The Superbowl

Why is Taylor Swift's potential appearance at the Superbowl being politicised? Mark Hogan from Pro-Football Ireland joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/9/202415 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ireland And NATO Enter New Agreement To Counter Threats Posed By Russia

Conor Gallagher, Security and Crime Correspondent for The Irish Times, and Professor Donnacha Ó Beacháin, Professor of Politics at the School of Law and Government in DCU joined The Last Word to discuss a new agreement reached between Ireland and NATO to counter threats posed by Russia.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/9/202410 minutes, 48 seconds
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Finnair To Begin Weighing Passengers

Why has Finish airline Finnair decided to begin weighing passengers before flights?Dave Hanratty from the No Encore Podcast, and Sinead O’Carroll, Editor of The Journal.ie joined The Last Word for The Week Trending.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/9/202420 minutes, 24 seconds
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Glen Dimplex To Axe 300 Irish Jobs

The closing of two Glen Dimplex sites will result in up to 300 jobs cuts for the electrical group in the coming years.Ian Guider, Business Columnist with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/8/20246 minutes, 20 seconds
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Cars To Be Removed From Dublin City Centre By August

Will a car-free Dublin city centre really work?Brendan O’Brien, Head of Technical Services for Dublin City Council, and Keith Gavin from the Irish Parking Association joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/8/202414 minutes, 1 second
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Ireland/Israel Basketball Match Takes Place In Wake Of Claims By Israeli Player That Irish Team Is Anti-Semitic

Comments made by an Israeli basketball player about the Irish women's team have created tensions around today's meeting of the two countries on the international basketball stage.Kieran Cunningham, Chief Sports Writer for The Irish Daily Star joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/8/20248 minutes, 30 seconds
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AI & Smart Tech To Help You Get The Most From Your Home Workouts

Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word with his list of the best gadgets to help you optimise your home workouts!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/8/202411 minutes, 13 seconds
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Many Rural Irish Towns At Risk Of Having No Local GP

Why are so many people in rural Ireland without a GP?Dr. Ilona Duffy, GP in Monaghan and Peadar Toibin, Aontu Leader and TD for Meath West joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/8/202413 minutes, 14 seconds
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Hamas Proposes Three-Stage Ceasefire Over 135 Days

Hamas has responded to an Israeli ceasefire plan with their own suggestions. Could this signify a potential end to the conflict in Gaza? Patrick Bury, Senior Lecturer in Security at University of Bath and Former NATO analyst joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/8/20248 minutes
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Why Don't More People Shop Around For Home Insurance?

Why are people still overpaying for home insurance?Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/8/20249 minutes, 37 seconds
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Why A Cup Of Coffee Could Soon Cost €6

Would you pay as much as €6 for a cup of coffee?Alan Andrews, Owner of The Old Barracks Coffee Roastery in Tipperary and of Guji Coffees Bars in Limerick and Cork, and Jean McCabe, Chief Executive at Retail Excellence Ireland joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/8/202411 minutes, 12 seconds
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Taylor Swift Announces New Album

At the Grammys this week, Taylor Swift teased news about a new album coming later this year.The Last Word on Music with John Caddell and Dee Reddy.
2/6/202421 minutes, 8 seconds
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Donald Trump Told He Doesn't Have Presidential Immunity

In our weekly US slot, we hear from Marion McKeone and Cal Thomas about recent bad news for Donald Trump regarding January 6th 2021. You can catch the full chat by pressing the Play button on this page.
2/6/20249 minutes, 13 seconds
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Former Taoiseach John Bruton Dies Aged 76

The former Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael, John Bruton passed away this morning following an illness.His former cabinet colleague Ivan Yates and Gary Murphy, Professor of Politics at the School of Law and Government in DCU joined The Last Word.You can catch the full chat by pressing the Play button on this page.
2/6/202420 minutes, 34 seconds
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Enrollment Crisis - Second Level Students Left Without School Places

An investigation has found that some students are being left without places as an enrollment crisis worsens.Carl O’Brien, Education Editor of the Irish Times, Catherine Murphy, TD for Kildare North and Caroline Carpenter a parent living in Prosperous, Co Kildare joined The Last Word.You can catch the full chat by pressing the Play button on this page.
2/6/202413 minutes, 55 seconds
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Remembering John Bruton: The Former Taoiseach Sat Down With The Last Word In 2015

In 2015, Matt Cooper sat down with former Taoiseach John Bruton to discuss his book called Faith in Politics.You can catch the full chat by pressing the Play button on this page.
2/6/202427 minutes, 6 seconds
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The 2024 Hurling Season Begins

It's officially the start of the hurling season for 2024.Jamsie O'Connor and John McIntyre joined The Last Word for a preview.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/2/202419 minutes, 37 seconds
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How Health Service Staff Shortages Are Affecting Patient Care

Staff shortages in hospitals are said to be affecting patient care.Dr Chris Luke, columnist with the Irish Medical Times and retired consultant in emergency medicine and Dr. Trish Byrne, Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/2/202410 minutes, 45 seconds
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Hoodie Bans at Airports and Taylor Swift's Election Influence

Hoodie-wearing or oversized jumpers will have to be taken off in security at Dublin and Cork Airports, Bambie Thug won big at last week's Eurosong and Bank Holiday joys.They're all the topics being discussed by Today FM's Ben Finnegan and Roe McDermott, Irish Times relationship columnist on the Week Trending.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/2/202419 minutes, 52 seconds
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Argylle and The Zone of Interest

On the weekly movies slot, Brian Loyd, Movies Editor of entertainment.ie is looking at Argylle and The Zone of Interest.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/1/202410 minutes, 23 seconds
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Elaborate Scams Conned Almost €9 Million From Investors Last Year

Many different scams managed to dupe investors into giving over €9 million in 2023.Niamh Davenport, Head of Financial Crime with the Banking and Payments Federation joined The Last Word with Dermot Williams, managing director, Threatscape.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/1/202410 minutes, 9 seconds
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The Carbon Footprint Caused By Ministerial St. Patrick's Day Trips

Government Ministers are to travel the world on St. Patrick's Day. But at what cost to the environment?Environmental Journalist John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/1/202413 minutes, 48 seconds
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Zuckerberg Told 'Blood on Hands' At US Senate

Mark Zuckerberg received some stark warnings at a recent US Senate hearing. Other tech giant CEOs were also present.Tech Journalist Andy O'Donoghue joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
2/1/20247 minutes, 51 seconds
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Culture Club: Philip King

Founder of iconic televised festival Other Voices, Philip King joined us this week for The Culture Club!Press the 'Play' button on this page to hear his choices.
2/1/202436 minutes, 48 seconds
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Minister Objects To Airport Expansion Plans

Green Party Junior Minister Joe O'Brien has submitted an objection to new Dublin Airport expansion plans.Mary Rose Burke, CEO of Dublin Chamber, and Ciaran Cuffe, MEP for The Green Party joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/31/202414 minutes, 24 seconds
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VHI's Latest Increase Means Bad News For Customers

VHI's third price rise in a year may be a stretch for customers.Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor for The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/31/202410 minutes, 46 seconds
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Gardaí Begin Follow-Up Operation On Dublin Riots

A follow-up operation on the Dublin riots began today, with two people detained by Gardaí for questioning.Conor Lally, Crime and Security Editor with The Irish Times joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/31/20248 minutes, 8 seconds
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Gardaí Fear Missing Man Was Killed Over Drug Debt

Gardaí believe human remains found yesterday in Cork may be those of missing man Ciaran Quilligan.Barry Roche, Southern Correspondent for The Irish Times joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/30/20244 minutes, 18 seconds
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Schools Will Have To Record All Bullying Incidents Under New Plan

A new anti-bullying plan from the Government hopes to ensure that all incidents of bullying are recorded by schools.Dr. James O’Higgins Norman, UNESCO Chair on Bullying and Cyberbullying, and Director of DCU Anti-Bullying Centre joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/30/20248 minutes, 12 seconds
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30% Of Under 30s Will Vote For Taylor Swift's Endorsement

Will Taylor Swift help Joe Biden to win the US presidential election?Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated US Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/30/202416 minutes, 32 seconds
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Failed Asylum Applicants To Be Deported On Dedicated Flights As New Safe Countries Added To List

The Government plans to implement specially dedicated flights for deporting failed asylum applicants. Why is this and what will it involveCathal Malone, Immigration Lawyer, and Conor Gallagher, Crime and Security Correspondent for The Irish Times joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/30/202412 minutes, 46 seconds
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Bambie Thug To Represent Ireland At The Eurovision

With only one qualification for the Eurovision finals in the last ten attempts, is it time for a change of direction for Ireland?Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/29/202413 minutes, 16 seconds
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Has The Sinn Fein Bubble Burst?

When will the next general election take place? Are Sinn Fein losing support?Aisling Moloney, Political Correspondent for The Irish Daily Mail, Daniel Murray, Political Correspondent with The Business Post, and Gerard Howlin, Public Affairs Consultant and Former Government Advisor joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/29/202417 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ryanair Cuts Profit Forecast

Why has Ryanair cut its annual profit forecast, despite a big year for the airline?Ian Guider, Columnist with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/29/20246 minutes, 56 seconds
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Women Are Leading The Solo Travel Surge

Are you thinking of taking a solo trip?Sarah Slattery from Travelexpert.ie and Sinead Kennedy, Author, Travel Writer & Solo Travel Expert joined The Last Word to discuss the best options available!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/29/202413 minutes, 40 seconds
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10.25% Pay Rise For Public Sector Workers

A deal was been reached for a new public sector pay rise following extensive negotiations. Niall Shanahan, Communications Officer with Forsa and Daniel McConnell, Editor for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/27/202410 minutes, 50 seconds
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Jurgen Klopp To Step Down As Liverpool Manager At The End Of The Season

In news that has shaken the football world, Jurgen Klopp has announced he will step down as Liverpool manager at the end of the season.Mark Lawrenson and Tony Cascarino joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/27/202412 minutes, 17 seconds
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The Week Trending

Brianna Parkins and Eoghan Tomás McDermott joined The Last Word to discuss the week's biggest trending stories, including the death of Ian Bailey.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/27/202421 minutes, 46 seconds
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Citizen's Assembly Calls for Decriminalisation of Personal Use Drugs

The Citizen's Assembly on Drugs Use has called for the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use.Chair of the Assembly and former HSE CEO Paul Reid joined The Last Word with the latest.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/26/202413 minutes, 14 seconds
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RTÉ Chair Apologises Over Toy Show The Musical

The Chair of the RTÉ Board, Siún Ní Raghallaigh has made a statement in relation to the recent Toy Show The Musical Controversy.Columnist with The Business Post, Ian Guider had the latest.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/26/20248 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Latest in Essential Home Office Tech

It's Tech Thursday, and this week it's all about what you may need to spruce up your home office.Tech Journalist Andy O'Donoghue joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/26/20248 minutes, 17 seconds
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All of Us Strangers

The Last Word on Movies looked at Andrew Scott and Paul Mescal in All of Us Strangers.Roe McDermott, Movies Editor with Hot Press joined the show to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/26/202412 minutes, 11 seconds
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Report Finds That RTÉ Board Never Signed Off On Toy Show: The Musical

A report from Grant Thornton has found that the RTÉ board did not sign off on Toy Show: The Musical.Ian Guider, Columnist for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/25/20246 minutes, 33 seconds
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Would A Car-Free Dublin City Centre Be Possible?

Is the prospect of a car-free Dublin City centre realistic?Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town, Michael Pidgeon, Green Party Councillor and Geraldine Herbert, Motoring Editor with The Sunday Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/24/202412 minutes, 42 seconds
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Culture Club: Janis Ian

Singer and songwriter Janis Ian joined us this week for The Culture Club!Press the 'Play' button on this page to hear her choices.
1/24/202427 minutes, 9 seconds
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Permanent TSB To Increase Fees For Half A Million Customers From April

PTSB are increasing their current account fees for almost half a million customers.Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor for The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/24/20247 minutes, 15 seconds
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63% Believe House Prices Have Peaked

According to the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland's annual review, 63% of people believe house prices in Ireland have peaked.John O’Sullivan, Chair of SCSI Practice and Policy Committee and Killian Woods, Business Reporter for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/23/20249 minutes, 31 seconds
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Trump Well Ahead Of Nikki Haley In New Hampshire Primary

Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated US Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss the latest news from the US Presidential race. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/23/202413 minutes, 58 seconds
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Cillian Murphy Gets First Oscar Nomination

Cillian Murphy has received his first ever Oscar nomination, in the running for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Brian Lloyd joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/23/20246 minutes, 21 seconds
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Warnings Over Young Girls Using 'Active' Skin Care

What age should young girls be using expensive skincare products?Dr. Colman Noctor, Child Psychotherapist & Author joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/23/20247 minutes, 18 seconds
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Govt Considering Monthly Tax On Internet Bills To Replace TV License

Will the infamous TV license fee by replaced by monthly internet tax?Joe O’Shea and Elaine Burke joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/23/202411 minutes, 37 seconds
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Car Free Dublin City Centre Would Cause Job Losses, Brown Thomas And Arnotts Owner Warns

Arnotts and Brown Thomas have written to Dublin City Council to express concerns around future transport plans which may affect footfall in the city.Ian Guider, Columnist with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/22/20246 minutes, 7 seconds
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Holiday Deals For Couples

If you're looking for some inspiration for a holiday with your partner, Sarah Slattery from Travelexpert.ie joined The Last Word to discuss the best deals available.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/22/20249 minutes, 49 seconds
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Galway Plant Set To Create Up To 1,000 Jobs

Barry Regan, Executive Vice President for Global Operations at Dexcom joined The Last Word to discuss a new Galway plant which could create up to 1,000 jobs.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/19/202410 minutes, 14 seconds
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The Week Trending

Is the new season of True Detective receiving negative reviews from viewers because, unlike earlier seasons, it stars two females?Orla Ryan, News Correspondent for The Journal, and Lorcan Nyhan, Head of Training at The Communications Clinic joined The Last Word for The Week Trending.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/19/202420 minutes, 18 seconds
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Kneecap Is The First Irish Language Film To Premiere At Sundance

Kneecap the movie has become the first Irish language film to premiere at Sundance film festival. It is now signed on for a major distribution deal with Sony. Producer Trevor Birney joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/19/202411 minutes, 1 second
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Plans For Stephen's Green Shopping Centre Replace Kitsch With Bland

Frank McDonald, Former Environment Editor for The Irish Times joined The Last Word to discuss the controversial new design plans for the redevelopment of the iconic Stephen's Green shopping centre in Dublin.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/18/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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Capital Policing Surge Is Halted

Why has the planned policing surge in Dublin city been halted?Conor Lally, Crime & Security Editor for The Irish Times, and Paul Gallagher, Business Owner & Member of Retail Excellence Ireland joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/18/202411 minutes, 33 seconds
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Greenland Ice Loss Much Greater Than Previously Thought

30 million tonnes of ice is being lost in Greenland every hour, according to new scientific analysis. Why is this so alarming?John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/18/20249 minutes, 50 seconds
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AR & VR Headsets

Andy O’Donoghue has taken a dive into the world of virtual and augmented reality this week for Tech Thursday!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/18/20248 minutes, 27 seconds
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Cork GAA Clubs Told 'Discussions Continue' Over Possible Renaming Of Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Tony Leen, Sports Editor of the Irish Examiner joined The Last Word to discuss the latest on the controversial proposal to rename iconic Cork stadium Páirc Uí Chaoimh 'SuperValu Park'.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/17/20246 minutes, 14 seconds
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Irish Beef Exports To China To Resume

Exports of Irish beef to China will resume immediately, following a suspension by the General Administration of Customs of China.Martin Murray, Executive Director of Asia Matters and John Gibbons, Environment Commentator joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/17/202414 minutes
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Culture Club: Cathy Jordan

Singer songwriter Cathy Jordan joined us this week for The Culture Club!Press the 'Play' button on this page to hear her choices.
1/17/202431 minutes, 10 seconds
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Bord Gáis Becomes The Latest Energy Supplier To Cut Their Prices

Bord Gáis is the latest to follow in a trend of energy providers cutting their prices, but should we be celebrating just yet?Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor for The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/17/20246 minutes, 33 seconds
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Martin To Discuss Debt Warehousing With Finance Minister

How are the Government responding to the issues around warehoused debt repayments owed by restaurants from the COVID-19 pandemic?Daniel McConnell, Editor of The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.
1/16/20248 minutes
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Ariana Grande Releases First Single Since 2020

Is Ariana Grande turning heads with her new song, or is her first single since 2020 sounding like a flop?John Caddell and Dee Reddy joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/16/202415 minutes, 50 seconds
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New Developments To Have Minimised Parking Spaces

Should you be guaranteed a parking space when buying a house or apartment in an urban area?Feljin Jose from The Dublin Commuter Coalition, and Blake Boland, Head of Communications for AA Ireland joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/16/202413 minutes, 12 seconds
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Trump Wins Iowa

Does Donald Trump's early success in Iowa indicate success to come further afield? Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated US Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/16/202413 minutes, 2 seconds
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Summer Holiday Ideas For Families

If you're looking for some inspiration for this year's family summer holiday, look no further! Sarah Slattery from Travelexpert.ie joined The Last Word with a list of the best destinations and deals available.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/15/20248 minutes, 14 seconds
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Average Price Of A Dublin Hotel Room Last Year Was €210

According to a report from Deloitte, the average price of a hotel room in Dublin in 2023 was €210.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/15/20245 minutes, 5 seconds
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Paralympian Jason Smyth On Challenges Of The Dance Floor

Jason Smyth, former Paralympian and current contestant in Dancing With The Stars joined The Last Word to to discuss leaving his comfort zone for the dancefloor.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/15/20247 minutes, 40 seconds
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Complaints Over Landlord's Use Of CCTV

Naomi O’Leary, Irish Times Correspondent, and Ann Marie O’Reilly, National Advocacy Manager for Threshold joined The Last Word to discuss the controversy surrounding landlord Marc Godart.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/15/202412 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Week Trending

Edel Coffey, Author and Irish Examiner Columnist, and Ian Power, Ceo of Spunout.ie joined The Last Word to discuss the biggest trending stories of the week, including British GQ's claim to Irish star Barry Keoghan.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/13/202423 minutes, 23 seconds
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Who Are The Houthis And How Did Last Night's Air Strikes Against Them Come About?

More than a dozen sites used by Houthis rebels in Yemen have been bombed by US and UK forces. Patrick Bury, Senior Lecturer in Security at the University of Bath and Former NATO Analyst joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/13/20249 minutes, 50 seconds
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How Conor McGregor Went From National Hero To Poster Boy For The Far Right

How has Conor McGregor gone from one of Ireland's most celebrated sports stars to a poster boy for the far right? Gavin Cooney, Journalist with the 42.ie joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/13/202411 minutes, 54 seconds
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Minister Disappointed Over Pay Talks

Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform joined The Last Word to discuss today's failure to strike a new public sector pay deal.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/11/20249 minutes, 47 seconds
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Bottled Water Contains ¼ Million Pieces Of Nano Plastic Per Bottle

We know single use plastics are harmful to the environment, but should you be avoiding plastic bottles for health reasons?John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/11/202414 minutes, 7 seconds
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Public Sector Pay Talks Break Down Following 'Disappointing' Offer

Talks for a new public sector pay deal have been suspended after a 'disappointing' offer from the Government.Daniel Murray, Political Correspondent with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/11/20248 minutes, 25 seconds
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An AI Powered Future On Display At CES In Las Vegas

Electronics show CES is taking place in Las Vegas, with an intriguing look into an AI powered future on display.Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/11/202410 minutes, 23 seconds
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Social Media Sites To Face Age Verification Requirement

Alex Cooney, Chief Executive of CyberSafeKids joined The Last Word to discuss new plans from Meta to implement age verification on their social media sites.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/10/20245 minutes, 56 seconds
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Culture Club: Megan O'Neill

Rising music star Megan O'Neill joined us this week for The Culture Club.Press the 'Play' button on this page to hear her fantastic choices!
1/10/202431 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Everyday Ways To Cut Your Costs In 2024

Could you be saving money on your everyday costs?Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/10/20248 minutes, 6 seconds
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Dublin Is The Second Slowest City In The World For Drivers

Dublin is second only to London as the slowest city in the world for drivers.Michael Pidgeon, Dublin City Councillor for the Green Party (Dublin South West Inner City), and Michael Sheridan, Motoring Journalist, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/10/202414 minutes, 24 seconds
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Elvis To Become A Hologram

A new show in London will feature Elvis Presley as a hologram, following the success of the recent ABBA concerts.John Caddell and Dee Reddy joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/9/202417 minutes, 49 seconds
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Warning Over Pressure On Nursing Homes As 1 In 5 Family Run Businesses Close

New research from the ESRI has found that Ireland's nursing home sector is 'under threat of failure'.Tadgh Daly, Chief Executive of Nursing Homes Ireland joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/9/20248 minutes, 10 seconds
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Laneway Closed In Dublin City Centre Over Anti-Social Behaviour

A laneway in Dublin city centre has been closed by the city council due to anti-social behaviour. Hazel Chu, Dublin City Councillor with The Green Party, and Nial Ring, Independent Dublin City Councillor joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/9/202411 minutes, 49 seconds
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Biden Places Threat To Democracy At The Heart Of His 2024 Presidential Campaign

Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated US Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss the biggest news from the US, including the latest on Joe Biden's 2024 presidential campaign.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/9/202413 minutes, 39 seconds
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Tiger Woods Splits With Nike

One of the most lucrative partnerships in the history of sport has come to an end.Lorcan Allen, Business Editor with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/8/20247 minutes, 20 seconds
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Hundreds Of Restaurants, Cafes And Pubs Facing Closure

Hundreds of businesses are facing closure as a result of extra costs and Covid-era tax obligations.Rebecca Feely, owner of recently closed KALE + COCO, and Neil McDonnell, Chief Executive at ISME joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/8/202413 minutes, 51 seconds
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The Best TV & Streaming To Look Forward To In 2024

Need some TV and streaming recommendations for the coming months?Joe O’Shea and Elaine Burke joined The Last Word with their thoughts on the best things to watch in 2024!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/8/202413 minutes, 57 seconds
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Travel Trends For 2024

Planning a trip this year?Sarah Slattery from Travelexpert.ie, and Eoghan Corry, Travel Commentator, joined The Last Word to talk travel trends for 2024!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/8/202421 minutes, 15 seconds
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The Move To Electric Vehicles

Michael Sheridan, Motoring Journalist, and Maebh Reynolds, CEO & Co-Founder of GoPlugable, joined The Last Word to discuss Ireland's gradual move towards electric vehicles.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/7/202416 minutes, 55 seconds
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Fear Of Retaliation As Second Man Dies Following Christmas Eve Shooting

Conor Lally, Security and Crime Editor for The Irish Times joined The Last Word with the latest on the Christmas Eve shooting in Dublin, which has resulted in a second man dying in hospital.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/5/20246 minutes, 31 seconds
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The Week Trending

Will we soon have to face a reduction in portion sizes in restaurants without a reduction in price?John Gibbons, Journalist and Environmental Commentator, and Kate Demolder, Arts and Culture Journalist joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/5/202423 minutes, 12 seconds
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What To Expect From The Climate In 2024

Based on Ireland's climate in 2023, what can we expect from 2024?John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/4/202413 minutes, 48 seconds
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How To Fight Better

Helen Vaughan, Psychotherapist with Maynooth Counselling joined The Last Word to discuss ways to approach relationship conflicts more healthily.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/4/202412 minutes, 19 seconds
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What Is The Circular Economy?

What is the circular economy when it comes to technology, and why is it so important?Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/4/202410 minutes, 11 seconds
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Inflation Goes Back Up In December

Is the worst of inflation really over?Ian Guider, Business Columnist with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/4/20246 minutes, 18 seconds
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How To Recover From And Stop The Burnout

Feeling drained after the holidays?Helen Vaughan, Psychotherapist with Maynooth Counseling joined The Last Word with her guide to getting the New Year off to a great start!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/2/202416 minutes, 33 seconds
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Looking Ahead To The 2024 Presidential Race

We're looking ahead to another big year for American politics, with the 2024 Presidential Election looming.Larry Donnelly, Lecturer in Law at the University of Galway, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent with The Business Post, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/2/202415 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Year Ahead In Politics

What can we expect from the year ahead in politics?Daniel McConnell, Political Editor with The Business Post, and Gary Murphy, Professor of Politics at the School of Law and Government in DCU, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/2/202421 minutes, 3 seconds
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Who Are Ireland's Criminal Gangs?

Conor Lally, Crime and Security Editor for The Irish Times joined The Last Word to discuss the recent Christmas Eve shooting in Dublin.Who are the people involved in this violent incident? Will this incident lead to more gang-related violence?Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
1/2/20248 minutes, 59 seconds
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Best Of The Last Word On Sport 2023

Highlights from the best sport interviews on The Last Word in 2023.
12/29/202348 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Best Of The Last Word Interview Moments From 2023

The best Last Word interview moments from 2023.
12/28/202347 minutes, 48 seconds
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Remembering The Actors, Musicians And Other Famous Faces Who Passed Away In 2023

The Last Word remembers some of the famous people who passed away in the last year.Actor Alan ArkinSinger Tony BennettActor Michael GambonSteve McKay – guitarist with the UK band PulpComedian, broadcaster and animal rights advocate Paul O’GradySinger Astrud GilbertoBroadcaster Michael Parkinson with Barry Humphries (as Dame Edna Everage)Andy Rourke – bassist with The SmithsUS politician Henry KissingerSinger and actor Harry BelafonteFormer political aid & broadcaster Jerry SpringerSinger Tina TurnerJames Reid Sex Pistols guitaristPoet and Actor Benjamin ZephaniaSinger Jane BirkinActor Julian SandsRobbie Robertson from The BandFootball legend Sir Bobby CharltonSinger Lisa Marie PresleyActor Mathew PerrySinger Christy DignamGuitarist with the Script Mark SheehanSinger Shane MacGowanand Singer Sinead O’Connor 
12/28/202311 minutes, 8 seconds
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Best Of The Last Word 2023: Culture Club

Grab a cuppa, sit back and enjoy the best Last Word Culture Club moments from 2023.
12/27/202348 minutes, 41 seconds
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News Review Of The Year

Dave Hanratty, Host of the No Encores Podcast, Brianna Parkins, Columnist, Eoghan Tomas McDermot, MD of The Communications Clinic, and Journalist Lise Hand all joined The Last Word for a special news review of 2023.Catch the entire discussion by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/23/202358 minutes, 1 second
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Government Bans Sale Of Vapes To Under 18s- But Will It Stop Children Vaping?

Will the decision to ban the sale of vapes to those aged under 18 really stop children from vaping?Professor John Crown, Consultant Oncologist, and Joe Dunne, Director at Hale Vaping joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/22/20239 minutes, 21 seconds
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Movies Available On TV & Streaming Over Christmas

Brian Lloyd and Roe McDermott joined The Last Word to give their ecommendations for the best movies available to watch on TV and streaming this Christmas!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/22/202320 minutes, 38 seconds
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Man Appears In Court Charged With Parnell Square Stabbings

Paul Healy, Crime Correspondent for The Irish Daily Star joined The Last Word to give a court report on the case of the recent Parnell Square stabbings which took place today.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/22/20232 minutes, 26 seconds
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Last Minute Tech Gifts

Andy O’Donoghue joined us for the last Tech Thursday of 2023, to discuss last minute tech gifts for Christmas day!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/22/20239 minutes, 39 seconds
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Can The Average Price Of A House In Dublin Fall Below 300k?

Could average house prices in Dublin realistically fall below €300,000 in the near future?Eoin O’Broin, Sinn Féin TD and Housing Spokesperson, and Senator Mary Fitzpatrick, Fianna Fáil Housing Spokesperson, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/21/202313 minutes, 25 seconds
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The Rules And Regulations Around Applying For Asylum In Ireland

Following a statement made by Leo Varadkar on the rules and regulations around applying for asylum in Ireland, Immigration Lawyer, Cathal Malone joined The Last Word to discuss the process in detail.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/20/202312 minutes, 53 seconds
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Does My Insurance Cover Christmas Incidents?

Are you covered for festive incidents at home this Christmas?Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.
12/20/20236 minutes, 44 seconds
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The Last Word on Music: Best of 2023

John Caddell and Dee Reddy join The Last Word for the final music slot of 2023. We're looking back at some of the music from this year.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/19/202327 minutes, 1 second
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Interview: Caelan Doris

Caelan Doris has signed a contract extension with Leinster until 2027.He joined The Last Word for a chat.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/19/20239 minutes, 20 seconds
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Democrats Start to Compare Trump to Hitler

The Democrats have started to compare Trump with Hitler, but is this a step too far?Our weekly US slot with Cal Thomas and Marion McKeone.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/19/202317 minutes, 9 seconds
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Urgent Action Needed on 'Toxic Algorithms' on Social Media

The European Commission is challenging X, formerly known as Twitter, over its online behaviour.To explain, Tech Journalist Andy O'Donoghue and Dr. Johnny Ryan from the Irish Council for Civil Liberties joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/19/202311 minutes, 39 seconds
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The Best Christmas TV

Joe O’Shea and Elaine Burke joined The Last Word to discuss the best telly and streaming to get stuck into this Christmas!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/18/202312 minutes, 2 seconds
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EU To Take Legal Action Against Elon Musk

The EU has taken it's first formal steps towards bringing legal action against social media platform X, owned by Elon Musk. Lorcan Allen, Business Editor for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/18/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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Vienna

Sarah Slattery form Travelexpert.ie, joined The Last Word for our final Travel segment of 2023, and this time we're going to Vienna!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/18/20237 minutes, 37 seconds
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Burning Of Galway Hotel Was The Latest In A Series Of Arson Attacks On Buildings Designated For Asylum Seekers

Conor Lally, Security and Crime Editor for The Irish Times, and Catherine Connolly, Independent TD for Galway-West, joined The Last Word to discuss the latest on a lengthening list of arson attacks taking place around the country.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/18/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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Secondary School Students Unhappy At Decision To Keep Oral Exams During Easter Holidays

Shari Irfan, President of the Irish Second-Level Students Union, joined The Last Word to discuss the decision to allocate the first week of secondary school Easter holidays to the Leaving Certificate oral exams.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/16/20232 minutes, 46 seconds
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Hospitalisations Over Dog Bites Increases Over 50% In 10 Years

According to a study published in The Irish Medical Journal, dog bites have risen by a half in the last decade. Tanya Clarke, Head of Adoptions & Dog Trainer at the DSPCA joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/16/20236 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Week Trending

Lineker defies BBC rules, Zara recalls ads, and Trump cuts up and sells his suit.Roe McDermott, Irish Times Advice Columnist, and Mick Clifford, Special Correspondent with The Irish Examiner joined The Last Word to discuss the biggest stories of the week!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/16/202320 minutes, 23 seconds
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Wines For Christmas

Mick O’Connell, Master of Wine and Owner of Neighbourhood Wine, joined The Last Word with a list of great bottles you can get your hands on for Christmas!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/15/202315 minutes, 42 seconds
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Fears Minimum Wage Could 'Cripple' Some Businesses

Susanne Rogers, Research and Policy Analyst for Social Justice Ireland, and Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive with The Restaurants Association of Ireland, joined The Last Word to discuss Ireland's 12% increase in minimum wage, and the possible affect it will have on businesses.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/15/20238 minutes, 53 seconds
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Sustainable Gifts For Christmas 2023

Who better to discuss sustainable gift ideas than our own John Gibbons for this week's Last Word on The Environment!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/15/202314 minutes, 3 seconds
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Tech Trends For 2024

Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word with his predictions for tech trends to come in 2024!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/15/20237 minutes, 10 seconds
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Taking The Mystery Out Of Buying A Home For First Time Buyers: A Last Word Special Episode

Buying your first home may seem impossible sometimes, and you may find yourself asking questions like; how can I show savings when rent is so expensive?How far back will I have to go when showing my bank statements?What if there are loads of “nights-out” transactions on those statements?Will I get approved to buy a doer-upper?Buying your first home can be an incredibly overwhelming experience, but we’ve got just the ticket if you’re one of the many thousands of first-time buyers trying to put your foot on the property ladder in Ireland.Today FM and EBS recently held a brilliant event where we spoke to top mortgage experts from EBS, who broke down what is needed when it comes to getting the keys to your very own front door in your hands.Today FM’s Dara Quilty was joined by Mortgage Expert Naomi Battle from EBS and by Shay Lally, a quantity surveyor and the man behind the very popular Instagram account House to Restore to field some burning questions from first time buyers.Catch the full chat by pressing the Play button on this page, and be sure to pass this along to anyone you know who is looking to buy a home in 2024.
12/14/202339 minutes, 10 seconds
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Average Cost Of Rent Increases By Nearly One Third In Three Years

A new survey from the Residential Tenancies Board has found that the average cost of rent has risen significantly in the last three years.Lorcan Sirr, Senior Housing Lecturer at Technological University Dublin, and Pat Davitt, Chief Executive at the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/14/202313 minutes, 21 seconds
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Whiskeys & Gins For Christmas 2023

Emmet Murphy from The Rademon Estate Distillery joined The Last Word with a list of the best whiskeys and gins to enjoy this Christmas!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/13/202311 minutes, 49 seconds
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Could SSE Airtricity's Latest Rate Drop Spark A Price War?

Are we about to see a price war in energy prices?Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with The Irish Independent, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/13/20237 minutes, 37 seconds
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Almost 4,000 Children Are Homeless This Christmas

Ciara Carty,  Director of Services at Focus Ireland, and James Flanagan, Focus Ireland Service User, joined The Last Word to discuss the homelessness crisis and the near 4,000 children affected by it as we move closer to Christmas.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/12/202311 minutes, 59 seconds
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All Together Now Headliners Revealed

One of Ireland's most popular festivals has revealed it's headliners for 2024!John Caddell and Dave Hanratty joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/12/202314 minutes, 11 seconds
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Republicans To Begin Biden Impeachment Process Tomorrow

Why are the Republicans trying to impeach Joe Biden?Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent with The Business Post, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/12/202314 minutes, 55 seconds
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The Best Non-Fiction Books Of 2023

Journalist Lise Hand, and Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Paschal Donohoe joined us in studio for their annual rundown of the best non-fiction books of the year!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/12/202327 minutes, 39 seconds
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Hate Crime Seen As A Growing Problem On Both Sides Of The Border, According To New Research

Research has found that two fifths of Irish people surveyed believe hate is on the rise.Professor Amanda Haynes, Co-Author with Professor Jennifer Schweppe of Public Understandings of Hate Crime: Ireland, North and South, joined The Last Word to discuss.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/11/202311 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Best Fiction Of 2023

Novelists Edel Coffey and Kevin Power joined The Last Word with a list of the best fiction books of 2023 that you can read over the holidays or give as gifts!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/11/202319 minutes, 27 seconds
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Retailers Expecting Bumper Christmas

Retailers are expecting to make about €1.1 billion extra on Christmas spending this year, up 5% on last year.Ian Guider, Business Columnist with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/11/20236 minutes, 32 seconds
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Travel Related Gift Ideas For Christmas

Sarah Slattery from Travelexpert.ie joined The Last Word to discuss some great ideas for travel related gifts this Christmas!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/11/20237 minutes, 20 seconds
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Surge In RSV Cases In Children's' Hospitals

Priscilla Lynch, Clinic Editor for The Medical Independent joined The Last Word to discuss the recent rise in RSV cases in children's hospitals.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/9/20236 minutes, 18 seconds
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Best Non-Alcoholic Drinks For The Holiday Season

Vaughan Yates, Founder of TVM, and Alex Morrell, Beverage Director at TVM joined The Last Word to discuss the best non-alcoholic drinks for your festive season!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/9/202313 minutes
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The Week Trending

Hundreds gather to say goodbye to Shane MacGowan, Swift named person of the year, and baseball caps for Gardaí.Aoife Barry, Journalist and Author of Social Capital, and Lorcan Nyhan, Head of Training at The Communications Clinic joined The Last Word to discuss for The Week TrendingCatch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/9/202323 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Best Sports Books Of 2023

Gavin Cooney, Journalist with the42.ie , and Michael Foley, Sports Writer with The Sunday Times and Author of The Children of Croke Park, joined The Last Word to discuss the best sports books of 2023!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/8/202330 minutes, 13 seconds
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Government Gives Go-Ahead To Kill Thousands Of Deer

Due to an explosion in the population of deer in Ireland, the Government has given the go-ahead to culling in an attempt to control the unsustainable growth of this wild animal.John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/8/202313 minutes, 21 seconds
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A Combined Salary Of €127,000 Now Needed To Buy A Dublin Home

The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland  has estimated that a couple would need a combined salary of €127,000 to buy a house in Dublin in 2023.Edward McCauley, Director of Practice & Policy at the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland, and Cian O’Callaghan, TD and Housing Spokesperson with the Social Democrats joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/8/202311 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Latest Tech For Your Pets

Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word for Tech Thursday, to discuss the best tech for pet owners!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/8/20238 minutes, 13 seconds
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Should The Sale Of Tobacco Be Phased Out?

Should tobacco sales be phased out entirely?Mark Murphy, Advocacy Manager for Environmental Health and Tobacco with the Irish Heart Foundation, and Colm Burke, TD and Health Spokesperson for Fine Gael, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/7/202312 minutes, 45 seconds
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Best Christmas Cookbooks

Russell Alford & Patrick Hanlon from Gastrogays & The Sunday Times Ireland, joined The Last Word with their recommendations for the best Christmas cookbooks to get your hands on this festive season!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/7/202318 minutes, 33 seconds
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Most People Expect To Work Until 70

A new survey suggests that many people in Ireland expect to work until the age of 70 before they can afford to retire.Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with The Irish Independent, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/7/20237 minutes, 3 seconds
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Denny Laine Dies Aged 79

Member of Paul McCartney's Wings, and co-founder of Moody Blues, Denny Laine has died aged 79.John Caddell and Dee Reddy joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/6/202314 minutes, 41 seconds
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Beers For The Holiday Season

Judith Boyle, Beverages Lecturer at TU Dublin joined The Last Word with some fantastic beer recommendations for the festive season!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/5/202314 minutes, 22 seconds
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"Republican Party Co-Opted By Trumpism"

Liz Cheney has claimed that if Donald Trump is reelected, the United States would be 'sleepwalking into dictatorship'.Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent for The Business Post, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/5/202313 minutes, 31 seconds
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Increased Payment For Asylum Seekers Who Can't Be Accommodated

Enda O’Neill, Head of Office for UNHCR Ireland, and Daniel McConnell, Editor of The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss a new weekly payment increase for for asylum seekers who have not yet been accommodated.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page,
12/5/202313 minutes, 52 seconds
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More Than A Quarter Of Jobs In Ireland Are 'Poor Quality'

According to a report from the Nevin Economic Research Institute, more than a quarter of the jobs in Ireland are of 'poor quality'. What does this mean?Dr. Lisa Wilson, Senior Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute, and Senator Marie Sherlock, Labour Spokesperson on Workers’ Rights, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/4/202312 minutes, 6 seconds
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Donohoe Denies Interest In IMF Role

Is Paschal Donohoe planning to leave Irish politics?Ian Guider, Business Columnist for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/4/20236 minutes, 5 seconds
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'Strong Progress' In Meeting Agriculture Climate Targets Says Minister

Minister for Agriculture, Charlie McConalogue joined The Last Word to discuss a statement he released today which claims 'real, intangible progress' is being made to reach agreed agriculture climate targets.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/4/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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Washington

Are you interested in visiting the the United States' capital city? Sarah Slattery, from thetravelexpert.ie joined The Last Word with all of the information you need to make it a great trip!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/4/20238 minutes
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Rolex Watches, Canada Goose Jackets And Gold Bars Seized From Criminals Go Up For Auction

Have you ever wondered what happens to the goods seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau?Conor Lally, Security and Crime Editor for The Irish Times joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/2/202310 minutes, 28 seconds
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Kyle Hayes Cleared Of Assault

Court Reporter David Raleigh joined The Last Word to discuss the verdict of the trial of All Star Limerick hurler, Kyle Hayes.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/2/20235 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Week Trending

Misinformation in the wake of the riots, a water cannon for the Gardaí, and Henry Kissinger's controversial legacy.Journalist Lise Hand and Larry Donnelly, Law Lecturer at the University of Galway and Political Columnist with The Journal, joined The Last Word to discuss the biggest stories of the week.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/2/202331 minutes, 17 seconds
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A Tribute To Shane MacGowan

Long-time friend of Shane MacGowan, Marion McKeone joined The Last Word to pay a special tribute to the late musical icon. Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/1/202315 minutes, 7 seconds
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Smart Food Storage To Combat Food Waste

What is the best tech to invest in to cut your food waste?Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
12/1/20236 minutes, 43 seconds
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COP 28 Begins In The UAE

John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss the beginning of this year's UN Climate Change conference, COP 28.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/30/202313 minutes, 41 seconds
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Remembering Shane MacGowan

Musical icon Shane MacGowan passed away today at the age of 65.John Caddell and Dee Reddy joined The Last Word for a 2 part special, to look back at his iconic career.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/30/202319 minutes, 42 seconds
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Gardaí To Use Body Cams From Next Year

Liam Herrick, Executive Director for the Irish Council for Civil Liberties joined The Last Word to discuss new measures being introduced to aid Gardaí in their duties.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/29/20235 minutes, 46 seconds
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State Could Run Out Of Accommodation For Asylum Seekers As Soon As This Week

There is a suggestion that we could run out of accommodation for asylum seekers later this week. How likely is this?John Lannon, Chief Executive of DORAS, and Marian Harkin, Independent TD for Sligo-Leitrim, joined The Last Word to discuss.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/29/202314 minutes, 15 seconds
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When And How To Pay Your Local Property Tax

800,000 people are due to receive a letter from Revenue as a reminder to set up a recurring payment for their Local Property tax.Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/29/20236 minutes, 4 seconds
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Spinal Tap Sequel To Start Filming 40 Years After The Original With Cameos From Elton John & Paul McCartney

A sequel to the beloved fil Spinal Tap has been announced, with cameos from some of the biggest names in music history!Ed Smith and Dee Reddy joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/28/202315 minutes, 31 seconds
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Gardaí Overtake IT Professionals As Best Paid Workers In State- CSO

According to a new report from the CSO, the Gardaí are now the highest paid workers in the country, passing out IT professionals.Ian Guider, Business Columnist with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.
11/28/20235 minutes, 24 seconds
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Could Nikki Haley Be The Person To Stop - Or Even Slow - Trump?

Could Nikki Haley have enough support to take on Trump in the race for next year's US Presidential election?Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, and Larry Donnelly, Law Lecturer at the University of Galway & Political Columnist with TheJournal.ie, joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/28/202313 minutes, 5 seconds
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Best Christmas Markets To Visit In Ireland

Sarah Slattery, from thetravelexpert.ie joined The Last Word to discuss the best Christmas markets you can visit in Ireland this festive season!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/28/20239 minutes
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Coping With Severe Depression

Dane Galligan, Adventurer and Wilderness Expert, has suffered from severe depression for 20 years. He joined The Last Word along with Dr. Lorcan Martin, Consultant in General Adult Psychiatry to discuss the issue of severe depression, which 150,000 people are facing in Ireland. Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/27/202311 minutes, 11 seconds
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Should Croke Park Host The Next Katie Taylor Fight?

Would Croke Park be the most suitable venue for Katie Taylor's next fight?Kieran Cunningham, Chief Sports Writer with The Irish Daily Star joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/27/20235 minutes, 8 seconds
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Ireland's Relationship With Israel Further Strained By Reaction To Statement By Taoiseach

A recent statement made by Leo Varadkar about former Hamas hostage Emily Hand has been received negatively in Israel. What does this mean going forward for Ireland's relationship with Israel? Naomi O’Leary, Europe Correspondent for The Irish Times, and Alan Shatter, Former Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, and Fellow of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/27/20239 minutes, 54 seconds
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Why Ireland Needs Immigrants

Following last week's events in the city centre, Niall Shanahan, Communications Officer with FORSA, and Adrian Cummins, Chief Executive of the Restaurants’ Association joined The Last Word to discuss the importance of an open door for immigrants in Ireland.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/27/202310 minutes, 58 seconds
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Mortgage Approvals for First Time Buyers at Record High

With some news from the housing market and the latest in the world of business, Ian Guider from The Business Post joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/24/20235 minutes, 57 seconds
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Chantelle Cameron Vs. Katie Taylor 2

This weekend's fight in the 3Arena has been overshadowed by posts made by Conor McGregor.Kieran Cunningham, Chief Sports Writer with the Irish Daily Star joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/24/202311 minutes, 20 seconds
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The Aftermath of The Dublin Riots

To discuss yesterday's events, The Last Word was joined by Business Owner Paul Gallagher, Conor Lally, Security and Crime Editor with the Irish Times, and Aoife Barry, author of Social Capital.To discuss the cost of the riots, Neil McDonnell, CEO of ISME and Richard Guiney, CEO of Dublin Town joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/24/202321 minutes, 22 seconds
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Political Reaction to the Dublin Riots

With the reaction to yesterday's events, Eamon Ryan, Transport Minister, Jim O'Callaghan, Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Justice and Gary Gannon, Social Democrats TD for Dublin Central joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/24/202324 minutes, 7 seconds
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Mortgage Special

Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor for the Irish Independent, and Martina Hennessy from doddl.ie joined The Last Word for a Personal Finance mortgage special, to discuss everything from vulture funds to first time buyers.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/24/202314 minutes, 5 seconds
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Will Sustainable Aviation Ever Be A Realistic Prospect?

John Gibbons, Environmental Commentator, and Colm Markey, Fine Gael MEP joined The Last Word to discuss the prospect of sustainable aviation. Is it realistic, and if so, how close are we to it?Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/24/202312 minutes, 3 seconds
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Five People, Including Three Children, In Hospital After Incident Outside Dublin School

Mairead Maguire, Reporter with The Journal, and Councillor Deborah Byrne of The Labour Party joined The Last Word to give the latest on an incident which occurred on Parnell Square in Dublin today. 5 people are in hospital, including 3 children.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/23/202310 minutes, 10 seconds
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The Last Word Gadget Show 2023- Top Picks And Best Deals

It's time for our annual Last Word Gadget Show! Over the course of this 6 part special we were joined by a number of guests to talk about everything from smartphones to hair dryers!With our Tech Specialist Andy O’Donoghue joining us for the duration of the show, we also spoke to:Elaine Burke and Sarah McGuinness on sound and vision tech,Alison Healy on health and beauty gadgets,Russell Alford on home and food tech,Sarah McGuinness and Ben Finnegan on health and lifestyle picks,and Brian Lloyd joined us to discuss all things gaming tech!Listen to the entire show by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.Below is our list of top picks for The Last Word Gadget Show 2023!All products featured on this show are available at www.currys.ie/as-featured-on-today-fm-gadget-showWITHINGS ScanWatch Hybrid Smart WatchNINJA Foodi Dual Zone AF300UK Air Fryer – GreySAMSUNG Galaxy Z Flip5DYSON Supersonic Special Edition Hair Dryer with Gift ComboSAMSUNG LC34J791WTPXXU Quad HD 34" Curved LED Monitor
11/22/20231 hour, 16 minutes, 25 seconds
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Calls For Public To Take Up Flu Vaccines And Covid Boosters

Priscilla Lynch, Clinic Editor with The Medical Independent, and Dr. Brian Higgins, GP with Galway Primary Care joined The Last Word to discuss recommended public health measures for the winter months. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/22/202310 minutes, 14 seconds
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Press Up Group To Cut 32 Staff In 'Tough Trading Conditions'

Irish hospitality giant Press Up have announced 32 redundancies due to the current market climate.Ian Guider, Business Columnist for The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/21/20236 minutes, 52 seconds
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Limerick Hurler Alleged 'Kicked' Man As He Lay On The Street

An All-Ireland winning Limerick hurler is 1 of 3 men facing charges for the incident which happened in 2019.Court Reporter, David Raleigh joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/21/20237 minutes, 19 seconds
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Changes To Welfare System See Unemployment Benefit Linked To Pay For The First Nine Months

Dr. Laura Bambrick, Head of Social Policy for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, and Neil McDonnell, Chief Executive at ISME joined The Last Word to discuss new changes being introduced to the social welfare system.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/21/20239 minutes, 24 seconds
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How Can Irish Football Get Back On It's Feet After The Stephen Kenny Era?

What is the next step for our national soccer team following Stephen Kenny's run as manager?Stephen Doyle, Today FM Sports Anchor, and Miguel Delaney, Chief Football Writer for The Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/21/202310 minutes, 17 seconds
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On Joe Biden's 81st Birthday, Trump Claims 'Excellent Health'

Donald Trump has marked Joe Biden's 81st birthday by sharing that he is in 'excellent health'. Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US correspondent with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/21/202317 minutes, 16 seconds
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Patrick Kielty Prepares For First Late Late Toy Show

The pressure is on for new Late Late Show host, Patrick Kielty as he prepares for his first ever toy show!Joe O’Shea and Elaine Burke joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/21/202315 minutes, 2 seconds
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Black Friday Holiday Deals

If you're thinking of snapping up a Black Friday holiday deal next week, Sarah Slattery has everything you need to know!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/21/20239 minutes, 7 seconds
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Soccer: Ireland Take On The Netherlands

The Republic Of Ireland take on The Netherlands tonight in what looks like Stephen Kenny's last competitive international in charge.Gavin Cooney, Sportswriter with The42.ie, and Stephen Doyle, Today FM Sports Anchor joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/18/202315 minutes, 29 seconds
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Renters Paying €3,500 More Per Year Than Buyers

Why are renters paying €3,500 more per year than they would if they had bought the same property?Mark Coan, Founder of Moneysherpa.ie joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/18/20235 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Week Trending

Edel Coffey, Irish Examiner Columnist and Novelist, and Ben Finnegan, News Anchor at Today FM joined The Last Word to discuss the week's biggest trending stories, including Roy Keane's latest career move!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/18/202316 minutes, 3 seconds
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Michael Martin Gets Assurances All Irish Citizens Will Be Evacuated From Gaza

23 Irish citizens were evacuated on Wednesday from Gaza, with another 3 evacuated yesterday.Elaine Loughlin, Political Editor with The Irish Examiner, joined us from Jerusalem to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/17/20237 minutes, 6 seconds
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Saltburn

Is Barry Keoghan's latest film, 'Saltburn' worth a trip to the cinema?Roe McDermott, Movies Editor with Hot Press joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/17/20239 minutes, 47 seconds
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Axe Boilers, Introduce An SUV Tax And Flight Restrictions, And Ban New Data Centres, SEAI Tells Govt

The Sustainable Energy Authority Of Ireland have urged the Government to make a number of drastic changes in order to combat climate concerns.John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/17/202312 minutes, 46 seconds
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The Websummit & Black Friday Deals

Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word to discuss the best in Black Friday deals, and the latest from Web Summit.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/17/20239 minutes, 59 seconds
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Illegal Streamers Warned They're Vulnerable To Financial Scams

With online scams on the rise, illegal streamers of video content are opening themselves up to financial danger.Jenny Radcliffe, Social Engineer and People Hacker joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/15/202311 minutes, 1 second
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Culture Club: PJ Gallagher

Comedian, Actor & Author of ‘Madhouse', PJ Gallagher joined us this week for The Culture Club!He spoke to Matt about his favourite music, films and more!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/15/202330 minutes, 57 seconds
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Salary Cap And 400 Job Cuts Amongst Kevin Bakhurst's Plans For RTÉ

Kevin Bakhurst's new plans for the future of RTÉ will include a new salary cap and 400 job cuts.Kevin Bakhurst, Director General of RTÉ joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/15/202316 minutes, 8 seconds
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Is Grocery Inflation Stalling Just Ahead Of Christmas?

Could we be on a downward trajectory with grocery inflation in the lead-up to Christmas?Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/15/20239 minutes, 33 seconds
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Unions Invited To Public Sector Pay Talks

The Government have invited union representatives to engage in talks about new pay deals for public sector workers.Paschal Donohoe, Minister for Public Expenditure joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/14/202312 minutes, 12 seconds
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Xi Jingping In US Visit

US President Joe Biden will meet Chinese President Xi Jingping in San Francisco tomorrow. What type of meeting will this be?Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/14/202313 minutes, 10 seconds
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Managing Epilepsy In Kids

Dr. Brian Higgins, GP from Galway Primary Care joined The Last Word to discuss Epilepsy in children. What should you be on the look out for?Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/14/20237 minutes
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RTÉ To Cut Services And Outsource More Programming

Up to 1 in 5 jobs may go in the next 4 years in RTÉ.Ian Guider, Business Columnist with The Business Post, and Dr. Roddy Flynn, Associate Professor and Chair of School of Communications at DCU joined The Last Word to discuss this and other announcements made today by RTÉ in relation to it's future.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/14/202311 minutes, 19 seconds
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More Than 40% Of Workers Would Take A Pay Cut To Achieve Remote Working Preferences

A survey has found that 4 out of 10 workers would consider a pay cut for the option to work remotely.Ian Guider, Columnist with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/13/20236 minutes, 30 seconds
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Tougher Laws For Monitoring Sex Offenders

New laws for monitoring sex offenders are to be introduced following revelations in The Irish Daily Mail over the weekend that Josef Puska was a convicted sex offender before moving to Ireland.Conor Lally, Crime and Security Editor for The Irish Times and Dr. Cliona Sadlier, Executive Director for the Rape Crisis Network Ireland joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/13/202311 minutes, 14 seconds
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Claims Of Profiteering As Falling Oil Prices Not Being Passed On At Petrol Pumps

How come the falling prices of oil are not translating to Irish petrol pumps?Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor for The Irish Independent, and Kevin McPartlan, Chief Executive of Fuels For Ireland joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/13/202312 minutes, 36 seconds
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Skiing In Andorra

Sarah Slattery from TheTravelExpert.ie joined The Last Word to discuss one of Europe's most popular and reasonably priced ski holiday destinations, Andorra.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/13/20238 minutes
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FAI Cup Final Preview

David Sneyd, Journalist with the 42 joined The Last Word to give his predictions for this Sunday's FAI Cup Final. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/11/202311 minutes, 30 seconds
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FAI Fails To Pass Motion As Govt Stipulates 40% Female Representation By Year End

The FAI appear to be struggling to meet government requirements for female representation in the organisation. Kieran Cunningham, Chief Sports Writer for The Irish Daily Star, and Cliodhna O’Connor, Athlete Development Coach & former Dublin player joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/11/202311 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Week Trending

Eoghan Tomas McDermott, MD of the Communications Clinic, and Sarah McGuinness, Deputy News Editor with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss the biggest stories of the week, including the outcome of the Ashling Murphy murder trial, and the issue of binge drinking in Ireland.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/11/202322 minutes, 36 seconds
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Latest Marvel Movie Misfires

Brian Lloyd from entertainment.ie joined The Last Word to discuss the latest in movie news, including the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/10/20238 minutes, 35 seconds
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Will Increased Parking Charges Encourage The Use Of Public Transport?

Are increased parking charges the answer to increasing our use of public transport?John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/10/20239 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Beatles' Legacy: Red and Blue

A Last Word Music Special On 26th October The Beatles dominated global news with the announcement of their last ever song “Now And Then”, and the companion albums Red & Blue To commemorate the release of the last ever single but also the 50th anniversary of Red & Blue, the legendary compilations have been expanded and remixed. The albums are being released on various formats on November 10th 2023 and to mark the re-release of Red and Blue Today FM brings you The Beatles’ Legacy: Red and Blue, a special one hour audio documentary exploring The Beatles’ musical legacy. The documentary features The Beatles plus comments from producers George Martin, Mark Ronson and Rick Rubin, and musicians such as Brian Wilson, Bob Seger, Dave Grohl and Tom Petty.  
11/10/202351 minutes, 20 seconds
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Jozef Puska Found Guilty Of Murder

Jozef Puska has been found guilty of the murder of school teacher Ashling Murphy.Frank Greaney, Today FM Courts Correspondent & Host of the All Rise podcast joined The Last Word to discuss.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/9/202317 minutes, 55 seconds
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New European Rules For Political Ads On Social Media And Disinformation Threats

New EU rules are to be introduced aimed at curbing disinformation on social media. Andy O’Donoghue, Tech Journalist joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/9/20237 minutes, 12 seconds
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Culture Club: Terry Prone

Chief Executive of The Communications Clinic, Terry Prone joined us this week for The Culture Club!Her memoir Caution To The Wind is now available.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/8/202331 minutes, 5 seconds
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New Rules For Bankers Delayed

New rules that will make senior bankers individually accountable for their actions have been delayed. Why is this?Ian Guider, Columnist with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/8/20235 minutes, 27 seconds
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Switcher Savings Doubling Could Be Good News For Homeowners

How much can homeowners really save by switching loans?Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor for The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/8/20236 minutes, 16 seconds
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Can Average Speed Cameras Help To Make Irish Roads Safer?

With road deaths continuing to rise in Ireland, will improved speed trap infrastructure help to slow us down?Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson of the RSA, and Leo Lieghio from the Irish Road Victims Association joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this poge.
11/8/202313 minutes, 10 seconds
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Trump Ahead In Five Key States

With only one year to go to the next US presidential election, Trump currently leads in five key states.Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US Correspondent with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/7/202317 minutes, 32 seconds
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Why Calpol/Nurofen Is Like A Ham And Cheese Sandwich

Do over-the-counter medicines for viral infections actually work?Dr. Brian Higgins, GP from Galway Primary Care joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/7/20238 minutes, 11 seconds
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Minister Outlines New Guidelines On Smartphones In Schools

TD and Minister for Education, Norma Foley joined The Last Word to discuss new guidelines for parents on purchasing smartphones for primary school children.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/7/202313 minutes, 48 seconds
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Latest From Ashling Murphy Murder Trial

All evidence has now been heard in the trial of Jozef Puska for the murder of Ashling Murphy.Frank Greaney, TodayFM Courts Correspondent joined The Last Word to discuss.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/6/20235 minutes, 48 seconds
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Latest From Israel And Gaza

Orly Halpern, Journalist in Israel, and Patrick Bury, Defence and Security Expert at Bath University, and a Former NATO Advisor, joined The Last Word to discuss the latest updates on Israel's bombardment of Gaza. Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/6/202311 minutes, 40 seconds
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How Cocaine Became Ireland's Favourite Drug

How did cocaine become so widely available in Ireland?Nicola Tallant joined The Last Word to discuss her new book, Cocaine Cowboys.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/6/202314 minutes, 35 seconds
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Travel: Prague

Sarah Slattery, from TheTravelExpert.ie joined The Last Word to give her thoughts and advice on one of Europe's most popular city and Christmas destinations, Prague!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/6/202310 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Latest From The Molly Martens Sentencing Hearing

Marion McKeone, US Correspondent with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss the latest from the Molly Martens sentencing hearing. Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/4/20237 minutes, 9 seconds
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Israel Engaged In Revenge Rather Than Self-Defence, Taoiseach Says

While in South Korea, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that Israel's actions towards Gaza in the last few weeks are closer to revenge than self-defence, Daniel McConnell, Editor with The Business Post, and Aoife O’Donoghue, Professor of Law at Queen's University Belfast joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/4/202312 minutes, 23 seconds
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The Week Trending

Is it any surprise that AI is the word of the year? Why are people in Australia avoiding mushrooms?Brianna Parkins, Irish Times Columnist, and Lorcan Nyhan, Head of Training for The Communications Clinic joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/4/202322 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Beatles Release Their Final Song

The Beatles have released their latest and final song.John Caddell joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/2/20239 minutes, 27 seconds
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317,000 Workers Could Be Owed €700

It's been revealed that Revenue could owe around 317,000 people €700 each.Ged Nash, Labour's Finance Spokesperson and Marian Ryan from Taxback joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/2/202311 minutes, 35 seconds
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Heineken Axes Island's Edge Stout

It was announced today that Heineken will axe it's "Better, less bitter" stout, Island's Edge.Lorcan Allen, Business Editor with The Business Post joined The Last Word with the latest business news.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/2/20236 minutes, 57 seconds
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European Ban for Meta To Use Behavioural Data on Advertising

Andy O'Donoghue joined The Last Word for Tech Thursday.Facebook/Meta has been told they can't use behavioural data for their ads in Europe.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/2/20238 minutes, 3 seconds
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How Much Can Solar Panels Reduce Your Energy Bills By?

Are solar panels worth the investment?Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
11/2/20238 minutes
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Date Set For Trump And His Children To Testify

A date has been confirmed to allow Donald Trump and his children to testify in his $250 million court case.Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US correspondent with The Business Post joined The Last Word to disucss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/31/202317 minutes, 25 seconds
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Flooding Continues As Storm Ciaran Approaches

Alan O’Reilly from Carlow Weather joined The Last Word ahead of the arrival of storm Ciaran, as flooding continues around the country.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/31/20235 minutes, 19 seconds
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What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis affects about half of women and 1 in 5 men. But what is it, and how is it treated?Dr Brian Higgins, GP from Galway Primary Care joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/31/20237 minutes, 58 seconds
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Inflation Slowed To 3.6% In September

Have we finally gotten some relief from rising costs?Ian Guider, Business Editor with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/27/20236 minutes, 33 seconds
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The Week Trending

Should employers be allowed to fire you for expressing your political views? Why do Gen Z want to see less sex on television?Aoife Barry, Journalist, Broadcaster and Author of Social Capital, and Larry Donnelly, Lecturer in Law at the University of Galway joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/27/202322 minutes, 20 seconds
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Home Rebuild Costs Rise By 12% In The Last Year

The cost of house rebuilds has skyrocketed in recent years, with a 12% rise in the last year.Charlie Weston, Personal Finance Editor with The Irish Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/25/20239 minutes, 14 seconds
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Tensions In Cabinet Over Proposed New Approach To Accommodate Refugees

Will an unofficial cap on Ukrainian refugees in Ireland be coming into place due to a lack of available accommodation?Jack Horgan-Jones, Political Reporter with The Irish Times, and Angie Gough,  Co-Founder and CEO of Helping Irish Hosts joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/25/202311 minutes, 20 seconds
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Joe Biden Urges Israel To Delay Invasion of Gaza

America is trying to mitigate the situation in the Middle East, possibly delaying a ground invasion from happening in Gaza.Cal Thomas, nationally syndicated columnist and Marion McKeone, US correspondent with The Business Post joined for the weekly US Spot.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/24/202312 minutes, 58 seconds
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What is Meningitis?

Meningitis, while getting rarer, is still a public health concern.Dr. Brian Higgins from Galway Primary Care joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/24/20238 minutes, 6 seconds
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Up To €100,000 Flood Relief Payments Approved for Businesses Affected by Flooding

At cabinet this morning, the Government approved funding of up to 100,000 euro for flood relief schemes to help businesses impacted by flooding.To discuss, Adrianna Hegarty, president of the Midleton Chamber of Commerce and Robert Devoy, emeritus professor of physical geography at UCC joined The Last Word.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/24/20239 minutes, 11 seconds
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Britney Spear's New Book

Read Me Baby One More Time!John Caddell and Dee Reddy joined The Last Word for the weekly music slot to discuss Britney Spear's new book.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/24/202318 minutes, 31 seconds
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Latest From Israel And Gaza

Bel Trew, Chief International Correspondent for The Independent joined us live from Tel Aviv to give an update on the latest in ongoing tensions in the Middle East.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/23/202311 minutes, 4 seconds
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A Guide To A California Trip

If a California trip is on your bucket list, Sarah Slattery from TheTravelExpert.ie joined The Last Word to give her best recommendations and opinions for organising the trip of a lifetime!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/23/20239 minutes, 11 seconds
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Fermoy Described as "Horrible" By Chat Show Guest

Web Summit Woes, Fermoy in County Cork described as "horrible" by a guest on The Graham Norton Show and Smithfield being voted a "cool" neighbourhood were among the topics discussed on The Week Trending.Kieran Cunningham, Chief Sports Writer with The Irish Daily Star and arts & culture journalist, Kate Demolder joined The Last Word to discuss.Press the 'Play' button on this page to listen.
10/20/202320 minutes, 43 seconds
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Rugby World Cup Semi Finals Preview

Brent Pope and Liam Toland joined The Last Word to give a preview of the RWC semi-finals which take place this weekend.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/20/202312 minutes, 51 seconds
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Day 4 of The Ashling Murphy Murder Trial

Today FM Courts Correspondent, Frank Greaney joined The Last Word to recount the events of day 4 of the Ashling Murphy Murder trial.Press the 'Play' button on this page to listen.
10/20/20238 minutes, 48 seconds
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Killers Of The Flower Moon The Pick Of The Week's New Movies

Has Martin Scorsese done it again with his new film, Killers Of The Flower Moon?Roe McDermott, Movies Editor with Hot Press joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/20/20239 minutes, 58 seconds
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Day 3 Of The Ashling Murphy Murder Trial

Today FM Courts Correspondent, Frank Greaney joined The Last Word to recount the events of day 3 of the Ashling Murphy Murder trial.Press the 'Play' button on this page to listen.
10/19/20237 minutes, 45 seconds
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Events Like The Cork Floods Are With Us To Stay

John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss the latest in environmental stories, including the horrendous flooding in Cork this week.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/19/202313 minutes, 4 seconds
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How To Take Advantage Of 0% Vat On Ebooks And Audio Books

From the 1st of January, VAT on ebooks and audio books will be reduced to 0%. How can you take advantage of this?Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/19/20238 minutes, 16 seconds
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Taoiseach & Tánaiste Meet To Defuse Govt Tensions Over Health Budget

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Tánaiste Micheál Martin have met in an attempt to de-escalate tensions within the Coalition over the deficit in 2024's health budget.Ciara Phelan, Political Correspondent for The Irish Examiner, and David Cullinane, TD and Sinn Fein Spokesperson on Health joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/18/202310 minutes, 41 seconds
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Fear Of Filing Tax Returns Puts 7 In 10 Off Being Self-Employed

A new survey carried out by Taxback. com has shown that almost 7 in 10 people are put off becoming self-employed because they are worried about dealing with the Revenue Commissioners. Marian Ryan, Director with Taxback.com joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/18/20237 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dublin Airport Set To Breach Passenger Limit

Dublin Airport is in danger of breaching it's 32 million yearly passenger cap for the second time since 2019.Lorcan Allen, Business Editor with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page. 
10/17/20238 minutes, 22 seconds
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Joe Biden To Visit Israel Tomorrow

What are Joe Biden's reasons for visiting Israel tomorrow? Cal Thomas, Nationally Syndicated Columnist, and Marion McKeone, US correspondent with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/17/202317 minutes, 5 seconds
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Has Ursula Von der Leyen Been ‘Reckless’ In Her Communication On The Israel/Hamas Conflict?

European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen has caused controversy over her comments on Israel and Hamas, as well as over her decision to go to Israel. Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil MEP for Ireland South, and Suzanne Lynch, Chief Brussels Correspondent for POLITICO joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/17/20238 minutes, 48 seconds
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Essential Health Checks For Women

Are you in need of a health check?Dr. Brian Higgins, GP from Galway Primary Care joined The Last Word to discuss essential health checks for women.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/17/202311 minutes, 21 seconds
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Is The New Fraiser Any Good?

Is the new reboot of classic sitcom Fraiser any good?Joe O’Shea and Elaine Burke joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/16/202312 minutes, 3 seconds
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Dublin Port Resists Govt Calls To Make Car Park Available For Housing

Dublin Port has refused to hand over a 10 acre site to the Government, despite plans for it to be used to house about 1,200 people.Janet Horner, Green Party Councillor for Dublin North Inner City, and Ger Hyland, President of The Irish Road Haulage Association joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/16/20237 minutes, 30 seconds
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Health Budget Not Big Enough, HSE Boss Says

Will our health services have enough money for the rest of this year and 2024? Tony O’Brien, Former Director General of the HSE, and Dr. Brian Turner, Health Economist for UCC joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page. 
10/16/202311 minutes, 5 seconds
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The Best Travel Deals Ready To Be Snapped Up

Looking to get away? Sarah Slattery joined The Last Word with her list of the best travel deals available right now!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/16/20239 minutes, 23 seconds
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Israeli Army Orders Civilians To Evacuate North Gaza Within 24 Hours

Peter Power, Executive Director of UNICEF Ireland joined The Last Word to discuss the latest on tensions in the Middle East.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/13/202313 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Week Trending

Ireland's roundabouts, addictive foods, and funerals without priests?Sarah McGuinness, Deputy News Editor with the Business Post, and Ben Finnegan, Today FM News Anchor joined the Last Word to discuss the week's biggest trending stories.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/13/202324 minutes, 24 seconds
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Will Concert Films Save The Cinema?

What will the return of concert films do for the future of the cinema industry?Brian Lloyd joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/12/20239 minutes, 15 seconds
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Israel Prepares For Gaza Ground Offensive

Israel continues it's siege and air strikes on Gaza. What are the details of a possible ground offensive?Bel Trew, Chief International Correspondent for The Independent joined The Last Word to discuss.Listen by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/12/20238 minutes, 52 seconds
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Fifa Risks Breaking Climate Pledges

Plans for the 2030 Fifa World Cup seem to contradict the corporation's pledge to become carbon neutral. John Gibbons joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/12/202312 minutes, 58 seconds
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How To Stay Up To Date With Tech And Not Get Left Behind

Do you or a loved one find it tough to keep up with new technology?Andy O’Donoghue joined The Last Word to shed some light on staying on top of things when it comes to tech!Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/12/20237 minutes, 26 seconds
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Biden Condemns Hamas Attack On Israel

Joe Biden has condemned the Hamas raid on Israel, echoing the overwhelming US support for Israel in light of the events.Marion McKeone, US Correspondent with The Business Post joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch the full chat by pressing the 'Play' button on this page.
10/11/202311 minutes, 16 seconds
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Irish Celebrity Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Of Defilement

An Irish celebrity who is on trial for the alleged defilement of an underage girl has pleaded not guilty.Frank Greaney, Courts Correspondent for Today FM joined The Last Word to discuss.Catch th