The Business (RTE)
The Rise of the Bakeries10/18/14
All across the country Bord Bia has noticed a big increase in the numbers of small artisan bakeries cropping up. Our reporter and champion sponger Liam Geraghty was given the sweet job of finding out more.
Conor McGregor rose from obscurity a couple of years ago to become one of Ireland's best known sports people. He's a stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a lucrative sport that's said to be the fastest growing in the world. With him every step...
The Economics of Ebola
Three months ago Ebola was one of those conditions that we'd all heard of but didn't fear. Now it's a very different scenario. But why no vaccine has been developed for this deadly disease? We're joined by two experts in the field, Darragh O'Loughlin,...
Inside the Central Bank
The Central Bank is a place that's often mentioned on this programme and elsewhere, but few have seen inside its revolving doors. This weekend as part of the Open House event those doors are being opened to the general public. We took a trip inside...
The Stock Market Tumble
This week saw some frenetic activity on the stock market, when shares in the US, Europe and Asia all took a fairly sharp tumble. But what's the cause of all of this commotion and how will it impact on Ireland? We're joined by Cliff Taylor of the Irish...
Germ Warfare in the Office
It's that time of year again, when cold and flu warnings are being issued. Thousands of office workers are likely to be effected by some infection or another this winter. Liam Geraghty risked a serious case of man-flu to find out where the bacteria is...
The tale of TK Whitaker
TK Whitaker is perhaps the most respected figure in the history of Irish economic development. He was the creator of the 'Economic Development' paper, a pivotal and far-reaching plan which became a landmark in Irish economics. Now 97, he's just had...
The Comer Brothers
Galway brothers Luke and Brian Comer began their careers as plasterers before becoming property developers in the UK, Germany and now Ireland. Recently they've spent more than €300 million on property here. They join us in studio.
Examining Estate Agents
With the property market back with a vengeance, at least in Dublin, are there enough regulations in place to prevent bad practices amongst estate agents? We're joined by Charlie Weston of the Irish Independent and Thomas Lynch, the head of the...
Damaging Distractions or Driving Creativity?
If you ever get bored in work, you're not alone. The bored-at-work market has become a lucrative one for the likes of Facebook and Buzzfeed. But is boredom bad for business? Is dossing destructive or can it drive creativity? Mary Collins from the...
The Hotelier With Half A Billion To Spend
Pat McCann is the man behind some of the best-known hotels in the country. He's a Sligo man who started out as a hotel porter in his native county before rising to the position of CEO of the Jury's Doyle Hotel group. Most recently, he founded Dalata...
The Budgets That Shook The Nation
Predictions and declarations concerning Michael Noonan's forthcoming budget have been appearing for weeks. We're joined by John Considine from UCC's Department of Economics who has been looking through the dusty archives to discover the budgets that...
Insider Tips From The Property Trade
CSO figures released this week showed that average house prices have increased by more than 16% in the last year. Whether or not now is the time to buy is one question, but if you do decide to buy a home, how do you get the best deal? Our reporter...
The Business of Boards
This week a Government appointment to the board of IMMA was front and centre stage, leading to yet more debate about boards in Ireland. To discuss public and private sector boards, we're joined by Maura Quinn of the Institute of Directors and...
Hot Air Or Hugely Inspiring
Alex Ferguson's pep talk to Europe's Ryder Cup team seemed to go down very well earlier this week. Rory McIlroy certainly seemed convinced that the motivational talk would work, but do they really? Are pep talks all bluster or can they push people to...
Where's My Flying Car?
Well, if as Peter says it's time to get back to the future, it might be well worth asking why the future hasn't worked out the way we thought it would. Why aren't there robots cleaning our homes and space ships taking us on jaunts to the moon? We set...
In 1998, Peter Thiel co-founded the payments company Paypal which revolutionised e-commerce. Just six years later, it was sold for $1.5 billion. Thiel then went on to become the first person to put money into Facebook. He's just written a book called...
The Global Arms Trade
Yesterday the British Government voted to support airstrikes against the Islamic State. Between the conflict there, tensions in Ukraine and recent events in Gaza. Despite the obvious human suffering, there are those who are profiting from the...
The Goldman Sachs Tapes
This American Life, a show on National Public Radio in the US, has obtained secret tapes recorded by a Federal Reserve employee of conversations within the Fed and between the Fed and Goldman Sachs. Nick Webb of the Sunday Independent has been...
Burning The Midnight Oil
Many a brave soul stayed up on Thursday night to watch the Scottish referendum unfold. Our TV screens were full of images of count officials working through the night. But for some, that’s a nightly reality. Liam Geraghty stayed up past his bedtime to...
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