Matt Cooper is an Irish journalist, author, television presenter, and radio presenter of The Last Word on Today FM. He is also a former editor of the Sunday Tribune.
The drinks industry is calling for a temporary VAT reduction on alcohol sales in pubs, restaurants and hotels in order to safeguard jobs and allow businesses to get back on their feet. The current rate of 23% is regarded by the the Licensed Vintners Association, the Vintners Federation of Ireland and Drinks Ireland as extremely high by EU standards. Padraig Cribben, CEO of the Vintners Federation of Ireland, and Eunan McKinney, Head of Communications and Advocacy at Alcohol Action Ireland, joined us to give their views on this. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/07/10181440/LW-Drink.mp3"][/audio]
The BBC is going ahead with plans to end free TV licences for most over-75s, with the only exemptions being those who receive the Pension Credit benefit. More than 3 million households in Britain will be asked to start paying the £157.50 licence fee from August, which the BBC says is "the fairest decision". However, there has been a backlash from both the British government and Age UK. Could the same thing happen in Ireland? Joe O'Shea and Jennifer Gannon discussed this and more in our weekly TV slot. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/07/10180551/LW-TV-Licence.mp3"][/audio]
Jess Glynne has accused a London restaurant of "pure discrimination" after she was turned away for wearing a hoodie and tracksuit bottoms. The singer made the accusation in an Instagram post, but her use of the word "discrimination" was criticised in the wake of global Black Lives Matter protests, with one social media user describing her attitude as "white privilege at its finest". The restaurant's website states that its dress code is "smart casual" and advises guests not to wear sportswear or workout trainers. Martin 'Beanz' Warde and Helen Vaughan joined us for The Week Trending to discuss this and some of the other stories making headlines this week. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/07/10170352/LW-Jess-Glynne.mp3"][/audio]
The number of reported bike thefts in Dublin jumped by almost half last month, with thieves profiting from unprecedented demand during COVID-19. As people avoid public transport, cycling has become increasingly popular, leading to a surge in bike sales. Unfortunately that also means more thefts, with a 46% increase recorded in the capital in June and a 40% increase nationally. However, these numbers are likely to be much higher as only a third of bike thefts are reported to the Gardaí. Kieran Ryan from the Dublin Cycling Campaign joined us with some tips on how to protect your bike from being stolen. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/07/09181153/LW-Bike-Thefts.mp3"][/audio]
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Birthdate
Jul 21st, 1966
Episode Count
2416
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
1 week, 2 days