The Business (RTE)
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...
How Alan Dukes De-Stresses
Whether you live in Strandhill or not, we all know that it's important to find a way to de-stress. Alan Dukes is well known for his political career as the former leader of Fine Gael. More recently, he was tasked with cleaning up Anglo, or the Irish...
The Work/Life Balance Question
We're joined by Aoife Porter of Bua Marketing and Matt Griffiths to discuss leaving city life and careers behind to make their own way as business owners on the West coast. We're also joined by Alma McCarthy of NUI Galway, who has studied the issue of...
In our special programme from County Sligo, we're looking at the work-life balance conundrum amidst the beautiful scenery of the seaside town of Strandhill. First, local businessman, Neil Byrne of Mammy Johnston's Icecream Parlour meets us on the...
Conductors have the unique position of having to lead a team in front of thousands of people without saying a word. David Brophy is a freelance orchestra conductor and former Principal Conductor with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Bernie Sherlock is a...
Suits You Sir
It seems that the stalwart of office attire, the old fashioned suit, is making a comeback. From ultimate fighters like Conor McGregor to those wrestling with nine to five office environments, it seems that everyone is fond of the three piece suit. We...
The Follies of Fashion
Kirstie Clements was at the helm of Vogue in Australia for 13 years. That role gave her a unique insight into the cut-throat world beyond the catwalk. She's just published a book on her experiences called The Vogue Factor. She joins us from Sydney.
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