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.
Fans of I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! may have been wondering if the show would be on our screens this year, given that the world is in the middle of a pandemic. ITV has confirmed that it will in fact be going ahead, but not in the way you might expect. As COVID-19 has made it impossible to film the show in the Australian jungle, the celebrities will instead be based in a ruined British castle. Is it a good idea, or would it have been better to just scrap this year's series altogether? Joe O'Shea and Jennifer Gannon discussed this and more in our weekly TV slot. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/08/07184556/LW-CBBC.mp3"][/audio]
COVID-19, and the lockdown that came with it, has resulted in a range of emotions from fear and anxiety to depression and frustration. Many people have lost loved ones, while others have lost their livelihoods. Children and teenagers have missed out on school and social activities, and we've all had to sacrifice time with family and friends. But we've also learned some positive things in the last few months. Helen Vaughan, psychotherapist and owner of Maynooth Counselling, talked us through some of the lessons from lockdown that can be applied to our everyday lives going forward. These include slowing down, focusing on our relationships, managing stress and anxiety levels, and working together and caring for each other. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/08/07174549/LW-Lockdown-Lessons.mp3"][/audio]
Kildare, Laois and Offaly have had almost half of the country's COVID-19 cases between them over the past fortnight. It's now being reported that NPHET has recommended the introduction of localised restrictions in these three counties. This would include the closure of cafés, restaurants, pubs, cinemas, gyms, theatres and museums as well as a ban on sporting events and non-essential travel, and the limiting of outdoor gatherings. We were joined by Professor Ruairi Brugha, Professor of Public Health And Epidemiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and Holly Cairns, Social Democrats agriculture spokesperson and TD for Cork South-West, to discuss whether this would fix the problem of meat plant outbreaks, and how it would affect the rest of the country. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/08/07174115/LW-Local-Lockdowns.mp3"][/audio]
Laura Whitmore has denied claims that she was trying to recruit for the British Army, as her appearance on a podcast sparked a social media backlash. The TV presenter took to Instagram to promote the first episode of a British Army podcast, in which she spoke to a female soldier about issues like body positivity and being part of a male-dominated industry. She followed this up with a tweet paying tribute to the late John Hume. Whitmore was branded "stupid" and "not Irish" for her involvement in the podcast, with one social media user suggesting that she should be stripped of her Irish citizenship for treason. Breda Brown and Paddy Cullivan joined us for The Week Trending to discuss this and some of the other stories making the news this week. [audio mp3="https://media.radiocms.net/uploads/2020/08/07170241/LW-Laura-Whitmore.mp3"][/audio]
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Creator Details

Birthdate
Jul 21st, 1966
Episode Count
2492
Podcast Count
2
Total Airtime
1 week, 3 days
PCID
Podchaser Creator ID logo 924069