The Business (RTE)
Bullets, Books and Bohemian Bonds08/23/14
Galway-born novelist Julian Gough is currently in the boisterous city of Las Vegas where he is researching his new book. He came up with an imaginative way of getting there, one that involves guns, lipstick and postcards. He hopes that it might create...
John and Sally McKenna
The guide book market has been going through a tough time, with sales plummeting as readers head online to websites like Trip Advisor and Yelp. So what does the future hold for guides? Two of Ireland’s best known restaurant reviewers, John and Sally...
Mergers in the Milking Parlours
Collaboration has become a buzz word in business but it’s been part of our farming culture for generations. There’s an idea that’s been gaining traction among dairy farmers – the idea of a partnership and pooling resources to help with profits. Our...
Confidence is crucial in everything from negotiating a pay rise to delivering a great presentation. But can the connection between the body and brain help in business? Professor Ian Robertson of TCD and author of 'The Winner Effect' joins us to...
The gender wage gap reared its head once again this week but does our culture of secrecy around salaries have a role to play in this inequality? And would it make a difference if all wages were public knowledge? We're joined by Martin Fellenz of TCD...
Speculation is mounting over October’s budget, with lots of bodies, brokers and think tanks giving their suggestions over what it should contain. Nick Webb, business editor of the Sunday Independent takes a quick sift through the budget soundings.
This week saw teenagers around the country receive their Leaving Cert results, and begin their journey to the next step of their lives. But are there particular areas they should be focusing on if they want to be sure of employment in 5 or 10 years?...
The Commerce of Cartoons
Tomm Moore of Kilkenny based Cartoon Saloon is one of the leading lights in Ireland’s animation scene. He’s just about to release his new film “Song of the Sea”, and he joins us to give us an insight into the animation industry.
The Background to Blackstone
This week, developer Michael O'Flynn portrayed himself as a “David standing up to a Goliath” when he won back control of his property interests from an interim examiner installed by private equity firm, Blackstone. It's not the first time that...
Oil in Iraq
All week, international eyes have been focused on tensions in Iraq, and particuarly Kurdistan where ISIS militants have advanced periously close to the capital Irbil. But beyond the news headlines, what’s life like on the ground? Brian O’Cathain is...
The Beige Book
Some good economic news emerged yesterday evening, when credit ratings agency Fitch, became the second firm to upgrade Irish debt to A minus. However, this week also saw the loss of 160 jobs in Carrick-on-Shannon. So, is the recovery really here? We...
Reactions to the Recession
Seamus Power, a Ph.D student at the University of Chicago, is conducting research into why the Irish reacted the way we did to the recession. He joins us to discuss his findings so far. You can take part in his research here :...
This week, a new study from the University of South California found that people who used jargon and generalisations were seen as more powerful, despite the fact that everyone seems to hate it. So is office jargon complete gibberish? We're joined by...
The Showjumping Business
It's show-time for show-jumping as the sport's premier event, The Aga Khan Trophy, took place on Friday as part of the week-long Dublin Horse Show. Many visitors are expected to attend before it ends on Sunday, but the industry continues all year...
Giving While Living
Philanthropist Chuck Feeney was back in the news this week. It seems that his intention to get rid of his billions by donating them to various causes is proving more difficult than you might imagine because of the global financial recovery. We're...
The Trade in Tipple
The trade in tipple is a massive global industry, as proven by the billion euro bidding war this week over the Australian wine producer Treasury Estates. But making cash from a cabernet is not as simple as it may seem. We're joined by John Wilson, of...
Threats To Our Tax System
Ireland's tax policy was again under scrutiny in the States this week. The American media, the US senate and even President Obama have all drawn attention to what they say is Ireland's favourable tax regime. But is there any need for us to worry?...
Goats Don't Shave
Pat Gallagher is a man who is well-used to a life on the road. He and his band “Goats Don't Shave” shot to fame and fortune with “Las Vegas (In the Hills of Donegal)" in the early 90's. He gave up touring for a while, but he's back on the road again...
Reaping Rewards from Relaxation
We all know how important it is to be getting the work-life balance right, but there are plenty of businesses who actually make money from our attempts to unwind. We've been catching up with some businesses in the northwest who are hoping to be big...
The Voya Voyage
Neil and Mark Walton have a business just around the corner in Strandhill where they're building an empire based on seaweed. Their company, Voya Seaweed Baths and Beauty Products, has gone from strength to strength in recent years and they join us in...
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