The Business (RTE)
The Peculiar Past of the Paperclip09/13/14
Few of us have ever really looked at the every-day items that fill our desks at home and at work and wondered “Where does that come from?” or “I wonder who invented that?”. To fill you in on the history of one of those objects, the humble paperclip,...
The Future of Money
This week, Apple created a media frenzy with its new Apple Pay wireless transaction service, while Paypal announced that, for the first time, it would accept Bitcoin for payment. We're joined by Fergal Murray of the Bit Fin conference and by Peter...
The Impact of Scottish Independence
Next week's Independence Referendum in Scotland is causing much discussion as politicians, campaigners and businesses argue for one side or the other. But, for Irish business, would another independent economy located close to us be a cause for...
Bouncing Back From Disaster
The business world is a tough one at the best of times, and anyone will tell you that just keeping a company afloat Ireland over the past five years has been difficult. But some unlucky business people have had more than just the economy to deal with....
Chef Richard Corrigan is well-known for his appearances on our television screens, but he's also the man behind three successful restaurants in the UK. He recently bought the Park Hotel in Cavan, invested millions of euro in refurbishment, and renamed...
The Misery of Meetings
Meetings are an unavoidable part of being in any business, but when they drag on and on, they can seem like a fate worst than hell itself. But what can we do to make sure we're getting the most out of our meetings? We're joined by Maeve Houlihan of...
What We Haven't Learned
Martin Wolf is a highly influential economic voice, thanks to his position as the chief economics correspondent for the Financial Times. He's just written “The Shifts and The Shocks : What We've Learned – And Still Haven't Learned–From The Financial...
The New Breed in Business
For some, this September means that their time in education has ended and they're about to get their first taste of the working world. We've heard this new generation being labeled as 'entitled', and “lazy” by business leaders in the past. But what...
Michael O'Leary is one of Ireland's best-known businesspeople and has been synonymous with Ryanair for nearly two decades. But he recently announced that he would be taking a step back from being the public face of the company. He joins us to discuss...
The Typewriter Trade
Many people,, including Oscar winning actor Tom Hanks, recently declared their love of the typewriter, a passion which led Hanks to build his own app, replicating the experience on a tablet. But can the virtual ever replace the traditional? We visited...
How To Build A Billion Dollar App
If you've ever used your phone to check your bank account, a bus time or to play Angry Birds, you've probably wished you could come up with simple app, make a fortune and retire to the South of France. George Berkowski is the man who crafted the...
John McGuire is something of a poster boy for Ireland's property market in the mid 2000s. He owned a mortgage brokerage, First Credit and he was also the front man of the RTE show "I'm an Adult Get me out of Here", which gave advice to people who...
The Economics of ISIS
Much has been said about the brutality of ISIS, or the Islamic State as they're now known, and their infamous beheading of American journalist James Foley. But where does the group get the finance for these activities? To discuss we're joined by...
Bullets, Books and Bohemian Bonds
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?...
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