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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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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.

    Why Are People Speeding On Empty Motorways?

    Why Are People Speeding On Empty Motorways?

    At a time when there are fewer cars on the roads, there have been Garda reports of excessive speeding both on motorways and on secondary roads.
    Some motorists appear to be taking advantage of the lack of traffic in front of them, as there is nothing to regulate how they drive.
    Michael Sheridan joined us for The Last Word on Wheels to discuss this and the winners of the World Car of the Year awards.
    Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

    Debenhams Closes Irish Stores Permanently As It Goes Into Liquidation

    Debenhams Closes Irish Stores Permanently As It Goes Into Liquidation

    Debenhams has announced that none of its 11 Irish stores will reopen after the COVID-19 crisis as the company goes into liquidation.
    This will result in almost 2,000 jobs being lost, according to the Mandate Trade Union.
    Ian Guider, markets editor of the Business Post, joined us for our daily business update to discuss this and the day's other stories, including:

    Chambers Ireland members expect a huge fall in revenues
    COVID-19 unemployment payments now estimated to cost €5 billion over three months

    Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

    • 9 min
    Why You Need To Stay In Lockdown For Easter

    Why You Need To Stay In Lockdown For Easter

    As Easter weekend approaches, there are already reports of people travelling to their holiday homes in other parts of the country.
    However, experts are warning that this weekend will be critical in terms of preventing the spread of COVID-19.
    We spoke to Paddy Mallon, Professor of Microbial Diseases at the UCD School of Medicine, and Pete Lunn, head of the ESRI's Behavioural Research Unit and a member of the National Public Health Emergency Team's behavioural change subgroup, about why it's make or break.
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    • 11 min
    The Week Trending - Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Resigns After Breaching Lockdown

    The Week Trending - Scotland's Chief Medical Officer Resigns After Breaching Lockdown

    We've all been told to stay at home during the coronavirus outbreak, but Scotland's Chief Medical Officer has resigned after failing to follow her own advice.
    Dr Catherine Calderwood was photographed breaching the lockdown by visiting her second home in Earlsferry, Fife last weekend, which is over an hour's drive from her main home in Edinburgh.
    She had previously appeared on TV and radio adverts urging the public to stay at home to save lives and protect the NHS.
    Larissa Nolan and Gearóid Farelly joined us for The Week Trending to discuss this and some of the other stories making headlines this week.
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    • 22 min
    Culture Club - Sebastian Barry

    Culture Club - Sebastian Barry

    This week's Culture Club inductee is poet, playwright and novelist Sebastian Barry, whose new novel A Thousand Moons is out now.
    He joined us to talk about the book as well as his favourite authors, books, plays, movies, TV shows and music.
    Favourite Authors: George Eliot, Joseph Conrad, Anthony Trollope, Ali Smith
    Favourite Book: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
    Favourite Play: King Lear
    Favourite Movie: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    Favourite TV show: The Onedin Line
    Favourite Album: Daoirí Farrell True Born Irishman
    Favourite Band: The Band
    First Single Ever Owned: Peter Cape - Taumarunui On The Main Trunk Line
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    • 28 min
    Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Plans To Donate $1 Billion To Tackle Coronavirus

    Twitter Founder Jack Dorsey Plans To Donate $1 Billion To Tackle Coronavirus

    Twitter founder Jack Dorsey has said he plans to donate $1 billion towards efforts to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, with the donation apparently representing around 28% of his wealth.
    While he didn't specify exactly where the funds would be sent, he plans to use his shares from the Square payment app rather than Twitter as he owns "a lot more" of them.
    Ian Guider, markets editor of the Business Post, joined us for our daily business update with story and more, including:

    EU fails to reach deal on COVID-19 bailout plan as Dutch are opposed to a coordinated bond issue to pay for it all
    €1 billion of supports now ready for COVID-19 impacted SMEs
    Tesco says coronavirus could cost it €1 billion as it hires tens of thousands of staff to cope
    Ornua, the company behind Kerrygold, saw profits rise last year but this will be hit by COVID-19 in 2020

    Listen to the interview in full by pressing the play button on this page.

    • 11 min

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