The Business (RTE)
The Threat of a "Brexit"02/28/15
This week the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce held a conference in Dublin entitled “Shoulder to Shoulder: Winning Strategies for the Global Pitch. One of the main points of discussion was the possibility of a British exit from the European Union.
Around the World
In the first installment of what will be a new monthly feature on The Business, brought to us by the Institute of Directors, Siobhan O’Connell from Business Plus Magazine joined Richard in studio to take a look at some of the international business...
Goldsmiths and Jewellery Makers
In the last 10 years there has been a resurgence in jewellery making in Ireland. In what was previously a male dominated profession, women are really beginning to show their mettle. Liam Geraghty has been talking to some of the designers who are going...
Niall Fitzgerald, born in Sligo and raised in Limerick, has had a varied and colourful career in global business. During his 37 years with one of the world’s biggest companies, Unilever, he became their youngest ever Chairman and Chief Executive. He...
How The Other Half Fly
A new service on offer from Etihad Airlines features a three-room cabin and a butler at your service for the duration of the eight-and-a-half hour flight. It also costs almost 12,500 pounds sterling each way. The butlers for this unique extravagance...
Bringing Big-Budget Film-Making to Ireland
John Gleeson - Partner and Head of Media at Grant Thornton - has been instrumental in raising more than €400 million euro in finance for 175 different film, television and animation projects in Ireland over the last 10 years.
Robert McKee has been described by Peter Jackson as “The Guru of Gurus”. He’s a Fulbright scholar, and is regarded as the most sought after screenwriting lecturer in the world. In recent years, he has also turned his attention to business, and has...
It's Oscars night tomorrow, but closer to home, another Academy had its debut this week when the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting opened its doors in Dublin. Liam Geraghty went along to find out about the business of creating the careers of some...
Jim McCarthy of Poundland and Dealz
Thrifty shopping has become a multi-million euro business in recent years. One British chain which has carved out a substantial niche in this market is Poundland, which trades under the name of ‘Dealz’ in 40 stores around the country. As his name...
James Galbraith on Yanis Varoufakis
James K. Galbraith is an economist at the University of Texas at Austin, where Yanis Varoufakis - the embattled Finance Minister of Greece's new left-wing government - has been a visiting professor for the last three years. The two men are close...
Greek Bailout Extension
After a week of high-level brinkmanship, European finance ministers last night agreed an 11th-hour extension of Greece's Troika bailout. The move gives the new Greek government some breathing space, but does it solve their problems? Antoin Murphy is...
The Wedding Band Business
After a few Valentine's Days and more than a few flowers and chocolates, the natural progression for many Irish couples is the "Big Day Out". Jonathan Casey performs in one of the country's leading wedding bands, “The Best Men”, and the business side...
Making Millions in Merch
Screens up and down the country are reportedly booked out for the first showing of "50 Shades of Grey", but although the box office will make plenty of money for the producers, much of the real moolah these days is made through merchandising. Timmy...
Tanya and Phillip Airey of Sunway Tours
When online booking facilities first became available, it was generally felt that the traditional tour operator would become obsolete, but last year Sunway Travel turned over 40 million euro and the company continues to employ a staff of 80. Managing...
The Business of Blooms
4 out of 5 women say that Irish men are less romantic than their international counterparts, but you can be sure that cash registers across the country have been ringing all week as lovers shell out for Valentine's Day cards and gifts for. Liam...
Supermacs' Pat McDonagh
Pat McDonagh was in the news this week in a classic David versus Goliath story, after McDonalds filed a 41-page objection against Supermacs' application to register its trademark across the European Union. So is the plan to open Supermac's right...
With the transfer window in the Premier League ending this week, the soccer world has been a hive of activity recently, but can these transfer deals be applied to the world of economics? Prof. Damian Hughes is the author of ‘How to think like Sir Alex...
The much-publicised Rory McIlroy versus Horizon Sports Management court case this week was an example of what can happen when business relationships turn sour. On other occasions partings have been a lot less amicable. Siobhán O’Connell from Business...
Irish Pubs Raising the Bar
With the arrival of the UK pub chain Wetherspoons on these shores, a new era may have dawned for the Irish local. Is it a case of shape up or ship out for our native bars? Liam Geraghty spoke to some publicans who aren’t about to call time on the...
Croke Park's Peter McKenna
The fortunes of Croke Park have been on the up for some time. 2012 was a watershed year, as it was the first time it was debt free in its entire existence, and stadium director Peter McKenna has been instrumental in that turnaround...
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