The Business (RTE)
The Mid-Life Career Crisis05/02/15
Research from the University of Warwick in the UK indicates that the early forties is the most frequent age at which job satisfaction is at its lowest ebb, and that is when you're most likely to drift into a mid-life crisis… Louise Campbell, Managing...
This week saw the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam, to the Viet Cong. That country’s more recent history has been marked by an economic and social transformation. Michael O’ Kane has this report on some Irish...
Around the World
Siobhan O’Connell of Business Plus magazine joined Richard in studio to guide him through some of the stories from global business and economics that might have escaped your attention, in our monthly “Around the World” segment, which is brought to us...
The power of money intrigued Kabir Seghal so much that he's travelled to 25 different countries to analyse the many different ways we interact with this ingenious invention. Based on this research, he has written “Coined: The Rich Life of Money and...
Stephen Faloon of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Thousands of amateur actors from all over Ireland will be trying to out-perform each other at the RTE all Ireland drama festival in Athlone this week, with no hope of financial reward. For Stephen Faloon of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, however, every...
Private Coach Operators
We are now over halfway through a 48-hour strike by workers at Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann, over the decision by the National Transport Authority and the Department of Transport to put ten percent of routes out to tender. What about the country's...
Lords of Strut
Canada's world-famous Cirque du Soleil cashed in its chips this week, selling a majority stake to US and Chinese private investors, valuing the firm at $1.5bn. So, there’s yet another good reason to run away and join the circus... Cormac and Cian, of...
Having started out as a company which was run from their homes selling a range of baby products online, Martina Craine and Suzanne Brownes' Clevamama now has more than 80 products of their very own, and distribution centres in Dublin, Britain, China...
Noel Fitzpatrick, Supervet
Noel Fitzpatrick got his first taste at a veterinary career at the age of 11, lambing on the family farm in Co. Laois . He has since gone on to set up a specialised orthopaedic company, Fitzpatrick Referrals in Surrey in the UK, which employs over 140...
What started out as a Freedom of Information request about the sale of Siteserv to a Denis O’Brien company in 2012 has mushroomed into a wide-ranging review of IBRC’s handling of a number of transactions prior to its liquidation. Alan Dukes who was...
Our Vinyl Offer
It seems that vinyl is enjoying something of a renaissance… This week, for the first time, vinyl-only singles and albums charts for the UK made an appearance. Richard brought inyl junkie and Deputy Editor of Hot Press, Stuart Clarke, into studio to...
First Contact Music
Today is International Record Store Day, but what about the bands who are trying to break into a notoriously cut-throat industry? Liam Geraghty met some musicians, and the woman they've been working with who is helping them to monetise their music and...
Movidius is an Irish tech company that was in the news this week after landing an additional €37m in investment funding, and announcing plans to create 100 new jobs in the near future. But it hasn't all been plain sailing, as co-founder and COO, Sean...
The Misfit Economy
What do Somalian pirates, computer hackers, and inner city gang leaders have in common with tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley? According to Kyra Maya Phillips - whose new book is "The Misfit Economy" - the answer is that they are all innovators....
John Boyle grew up in Camlough, Co. Armagh, and after an extended stint as a bread van driver found himself having to reassess his life at the tender age of 25. He opened a bookmaker's shop in nearby Markethill that has now grown into the BoyleSports...
Lack of Engagement in the Workplace
A recent report states that 64% of Irish employees are not engaged in their work and a further 20% are actively disengaged. Why is this figure so high? What can employees and, more importantly, employers do about it? To shed some light on the whole...
How to Fly a Horse
Kevin Ashton was a technology pioneer at MIT, and the leader of three successful start-up companies in the US. Based on his own experience and research on those around him, he has just written “How to fly a horse: the secret history of creation,...
Investing in Cider
Heineken announced plans this week to invest €20 million over the next five years in a new cider, and C&C has declared that they will be restructuring their British operation. The Irish cider industry is valued at €366m, and a growing number of craft...
Fee Paying Schools
Fee-paying schools were back in the news this week, after Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan revealed that she has been lobbied to remove a proposed cap on the enrolment of children of past pupils in the new School Admissions Bill. Dympna Devine,...
Fiona Dawson is an Irishwoman who has risen through the ranks of a global business which employs 75,000 people and last year had sales of 33 billion euro. Mars is one of the world’s biggest privately owned companies, manufacturing more than 100...
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