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A weekly look at business and economics from an Irish perspective hosted by Irish Times Finance Correspondent Ciarán Hancock.

A weekly look at business and economics from an Irish perspective hosted by Irish Times Finance Correspondent Ciarán Hancock.
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A weekly look at business and economics from an Irish perspective hosted by Irish Times Finance Correspondent Ciarán Hancock.




Interview: AIB Chief Executive, Bernard Byrne

On this week’s show AIB chief executive Bernard Byrne is in the hot seat to answer questions on a wide variety of topics including housing and rip-off mortgage rates, Brexit, bankers’ salaries and bonuses, when Irish taxpayers will be fully repaid for the bailout and whether he gets any hate mail. Ciarán also asks why, a decade after the financial crisis, trust in the banks is still being eroded by scandals like the tracker mortgage controversy.


Budget 2019 Special with Fiach Kelly, Fiona Reddan, Cliff Taylor and Liam Diamond

Paschal Donohoe’s Budget 2019 has a little something for everyone, but the goodies are spread widely across tax and welfare. The decision to restore VAT to 13.5 per cent for hotels, restaurants and hairdressers will be a hot topic, though perhaps not quite as hot as the lack of action on the carbon tax, in a week when climate change experts delivered their starkest ever predictions on global warming. The ‘squeezed middle’ will gain €250 a year, €1.25bn has been allocated for social housing,...


Budget 2019: Scrooge, Santa or Sensible? / Ryanair in a Tailspin

September tax returns give Paschal Donohoe little scope for surprise giveaways in Budget 2019, unless he raises taxes elsewhere. Will that see hoteliers lose their coveted 9 per cent VAT rate? Is it possible to Brexit-proof the economy? Ahead of the announcement next Tuesday, Chief economist at KBC Bank Austin Hughes and Irish Times business journalist Eoin Burke-Kennedy go through the numbers. Also: There was further turbulence at Ryanair this week after it issued a profit warning and...


The Guarantee, Ten Years On - With Simon Carswell

It is ten years since the decision was taken to guarantee six Irish banks, a decision that has been debated ever since. Public Affairs Editor Simon Carswell, then Finance Correspondent, takes us back to the day for a fresh look at what took place. Produced in association with Irish Life.


Peter McKenna on the GAA's Year & Croke Park's Future - The Business of Sport

Croke Park Stadium Director Peter McKenna talks to Ciarán Hancock and Michael O'Keeffe about another financially successful year for the GAA, how the organisation raises funds (including the controversial Sky deal) and what the future holds for Croke Park. But first Michael has his regular roundup of the major stories in the business of sport, including Nike's big gamble on Colin Kaepernick paying off, the strength of Ladies Gaelic Football and takeover moves in English rugby.


Rent: Will Tackling AirBnB Make a Difference? / Ryanair's AGM Media Ban

Under an information-sharing agreement with the Revenue Commissioners, Airbnb is to hand over data on thousands of hosts in Ireland who let out property via the website in 2017. It comes as regulations for greater enforcement in the short-term lettings market are set to be announced next week. But will the new regulations help ease the rental market crisis? Fiona Reddan explains. In an unprecedented move for an Iseq-listed company, Ryanair has banned news media from attending its AGM. But is...


Warnings on Economy as Budget Nears / What Inspectors Mean for INM

With Brexit on the way, should we aim to spend less next year and run a surplus? Central Bank governor Philip Lane has issued a warning suggesting as much to Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe. Eoin Burke Kennedy and Cliff Taylor have analysis. How bad is this week's court ruling for INM and former chairman Leslie Buckley? Mark Paul explains. Plus: Brexit, Ryanair & more with Pater Hamilton.


Inside Lidl: A Tour of the Rebuilt Fortunestown Store

Everyone remembers the wanton destruction of Lidl in Fortunestown, Tallaght last March as the snows of Storm Emma enveloped the country. Now the store has been rebuilt, bigger, better and hopefully sturdier than ever. Ciaran Hancock gets a tour of the store and talks to Alan Barry, Lidl Ireland's Director of Property, about the German discount retailer's plan for growth and some other difficult issues facing the company in Ireland. Inside Business is produced in association with Irish Life.


Housing Measures Kick In / After The Bailout, What Next For Greece?

New CSO figures reveal an uptick in new housing construction. Good news for those seeking a home? Sadly its not that simple. Eoin Burke Kennedy and Cliff Taylor discuss. Plus, we talk to economist Phyllis Papadavid of the Overseas Development Institute in Athens about the state of the Greek economy today as the state exits its third and final bailout programme. But first Eoin Burke Kennedy has some of the week's most interesting business news, including figures revealing our national...


"The Relationship Has Broken Down": Leslie Buckley & INM / Is Distance Tax A Good Idea?

The relationship between former Independent News and Media chairman Leslie Buckley and his erstwhile employers has turned very sour indeed, as revealed by an exchange of letters between solicitors acting for Buckley and INM. Mark Paul talks us through the story on today's podcast. He also looks at the news that Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is considering axing the 9% VAT rate for hotels and guesthouses. But first, Peter Hamilton has a roundup of this week's other stories including...


Business of Sport: FAI's John Delaney

Ciarán Hancock and regular co-host Michael O'Keeffe of Teneo PSG sat down last week with John Delaney, CEO of the Football Association of Ireland, to talk about his role and how the beautiful game is run in Ireland. Topics include the finances of the organisation, finding a sustainable model for the League of Ireland, his management style and salary and his future plans. But first Michael has the latest business of sport news.


Banking Culture, No Deal Brexit, Ryanair Jobs Threat

After the release of a sobering report form the Central Bank on the way banks treat consumers, David Hall, well-known for his advocacy on behalf of banking customers in arrears, joins our own Cliff Taylor and Joe Brennan to talk frankly about banking 'culture'. Plus: Columnist Chris Johns on the looming spectre of no-deal Brexit. And Laura Slattery has a roundup of the week's biggest business stories including Ryanair, Google and Elon Musk.


Business of Sport: Shamrock Rovers's Ray Wilson

Like most League of Ireland clubs, Shamrock Rovers has experienced financial difficulties over the years. Two years ago Australia-based businessman Ray Wilson invested €1.5 million in the club and mapped out a strategy. But how has it worked out? Ray was in town last week for The Hoops European tie against Swedish league leaders AIK, and he sat down with Ciarán Hancock and Michael O'Keeffe to talk about the challenge of building up the club and the League of Ireland in general, and plans for...


Ryanair Wins PR Battle, When to Sell Our Bank Shares

This week: 100 Ryanair pilots will go on strike this Thursday (July 12th) for the first time in the airline’s history. But just how effective will the action prove? Only 30 of its 290 scheduled flights out of Dublin that day have been cancelled as a result of the strike, so has Ryanair won the PR battle this time? Barry O’Halloran has the latest. Later in the podcast, Owen Callan, financial analyst with Investec, joins Ciarán Hancock and Cliff Taylor to discuss comments by NTMA chief...


Ryanair Strike, Jobs for All, Imports Dent New Car Sales

This week: Ryanair pilots have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a one-day strike on Thursday of next week. Thousands of holidaymakers face disruption after 99 per cent backed industrial action in a union ballot. Barry O’Halloran explains how it has come to this. And, as the unemployment rate falls to its lowest level since October 2007, hitting 5.1 per cent in June, economist Jim Power joins Ciaran Hancock, Cliff Taylor and Eoin Burke-Kennedy for a discussion on the current state of the...


Gender Pay Gap Bill, Kastus CEO & Christine Lagarde's in Town

A Bill compelling employers to publish data on their gender pay gaps received Cabinet approval this week. Speaking on today's podcast, Marguerite Bolger SC, an expert in employment law, says it's welcome news but other measures are needed to increase the number of women in better paid roles. She joins Ciarán Hancock and Irish Times journalist Laura Slattery to discuss the pros and cons of the Bill and what impact it might have. Later in the show: As the deadline for this year's Irish Times...


A New Approach to Housing / David Duffy on CYBG's Virgin Money Deal

Rip it up and start again - That's what is needed to tackle the housing crisis, according to Orla Hegarty, a lecturer and an assistant professor of Architecture at UCD. On today's episode, she tells Ciaran that tinkering with existing policy isn't working for anybody and a whole new approach is what is needed. She is joined by president of the Construction Industry Federation and managing director of John Flanagan Developments, Dominic Doheny, and Irish Times business journalist Eoin...


Ireland: “World’s Biggest Tax Haven”, Nama, Brexit & Irish Ferries Fiasco

Is Ireland a tax haven? It’s a case of semantics it seems, but what really matters is that many countries see Ireland as the bad guy when it comes to tax. On this week’s podcast, Mark Paul, Cliff Taylor and Barry O’Halloran join Ciarán to discuss a study from the Universities of Copenhagen and Berkeley in California, which labels Ireland “the world’s biggest tax haven” and states that profits moved through the Republic topped the Caribbean. Also on the show: Has Nama done a good job? And, as...


David Drumm Convicted, Smurfit Deal Falls Through, The Economic Picture with Seamus Coffey

First Peter Hamilton has a roundup of the week's major business news including the conviction of former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm, more data problems for Facebook, Italian markets and the collapse of building company Sammon. Then our markets correspondent Joe Brennan explains how the proposed acquisition of Smurfit Kappa by IP fell apart and what comes next. Finally we're joined by Seamus Coffey, chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Council, and business journalist Eoin Burke Kennedy to...


The Business of Sport: Is Russia ready for the World Cup?

This week it’s our regular Business of Sport section and for that, we’re joined again by Mick O’Keeffe of Teneo PSG. In just over a fortnight’s time, the 2018 Fifa World Cup kicks off in Russia, with the tournament likely to generate billions for both the association and the local economy. Patrick Nally is considered the founding father of modern sports marketing and the man responsible for the commercial resurrection of the Fifa World Cup, brokering a sponsorship deal for the tournament...