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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.




INM, Growth Forecast Raised & Facebook's Contrition Tour

Mark Paul and Simon Carswell talk to Ciarán Hancock about the latest developments in the INM saga. Also, Eoin Burke-Kennedy has the details of the government’s latest Stability Programme Update. But first, Laura Slattery has a roundup of some of the other stories this week, including the appearance of senior Facebook executive Joel Kaplan at an Oireachtas Committee.


The Business of Sport with Cricket Ireland's Warren Deutrom

Our cricket players have had some notable success in the last few years, but would still be more likely to get recognised on the street in Delhi than here in Dublin. Might that be about to change? This week host Ciarán Hancock and Michael O'Keeffe of Teneo PSG are joined by Cricket Ireland CEO Warren Deutrom to talk about Ireland's elevation to Test Nation status and what that means for the future of the game in Ireland. But first Michael has all the latest news from the sports business...


INM, Employers and Data, Tariffs: China Fires Back, New Exchequer Figures

On today's podcast: Colm Keena on the alleged data breach at INM Data expert Daragh O'Brien on what employers can and can't do with your emails Economist Megan Greene on the return of tariffs. What is President Trump's next move? Eoin Burke-Kennedy has the latest Exchequer returns And Peter Hamilton has the rest of this week's business news, including accelerating house building and some much-needed good news for tech.


INM's ODCE Woes / BOI Job Cuts / Stock Market Uncertainty

The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement escalated its investigation into Independent News & Media this past week, confirming its intention to seek the appointment of a High Court inspector to the company. Irish Times legal affairs correspondent Colm Keena has the background. Also, Joe Brennan on jobs cuts at Bank of Ireland and Chris Johns on renewed stock market turbulence. But first, Laura Slattery has a roundup of some of the week’s stories including Central Bank figures...


Interview: Jack O'Connor on Siptu, Labour and “fortunate” Fine Gael

Former Siptu president Jack O’Connor talks to Ciarán Hancock about his plans to contest the next general election for the Labour party, why Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe is more fortunate than competent, Labour's past mistakes, the future of work, and more. But first, Peter Hamilton has a roundup of the week’s news stories, including falling Facebook shares in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the threat to corporate tax here due to an EU digital tax and the Irish...


Corporate Tax Challenge / Immersive VR Education IPO

Husband and wife founders of Waterford based Immersive VR Education, David and Sandra Whelan, talk to Ciarán Hancock about the holding company's €6.7m IPO on the London and Irish stock markets this week. Also, Cliff Taylor on the European Commission’s plans for a digital tax and what impact it could have on Ireland. But first, Laura Slattery has a round-up of the week’s stories, including a planned redesign of Aer Lingus uniforms, the latest tourism figures and Paddy McKillen Jnr’s Press...


The Business of Racing with Cheltenham MD Ian Renton

This week it's our regular Business of Sport section. And due to popular demand, we've gone and devoted the entire episode to sport. For that we're joined again by Mick O'Keeffe of Teneo PSG. Cheltenham Festival, taking place next week, is the fourth-largest sporting event in the United Kingdom, with a quarter of a million attendees - a figure swelled by an annual influx of Irish racing enthusiasts. Ciaran and Mick talk to Ian Renton, MD of Cheltenham, about the success of the festival,...


Brexit Temperatures Rising, Inflation, Wage Growth, Ryanair

It has been another week of confusing Brexit negotiations, but one things for certain – they aren’t going well. On today’s podcast, Cliff Taylor joins Ciarán Hancock to make sense of it all. Could Ryanair really pull out of the UK after it leaves the EU? Barry O’Halloran has the latest and Eoin Burke-Kennedy on accelerating wage growth. But first Peter Hamilton brings us a round-up of the week’s business news.


Are ‘Vulture Funds’ Part of the Solution?

Ross Maguire founder of New Beginning joins Cliff Taylor and Ciarán Hancock to discuss how Irish banks have allowed non-performing loans to pile up since the economic crash, why they need them off their books and the role that 'vulture funds' could play in solving the problem. But first, Peter Hamilton brings us a round-up of the week’s business news, including the withdrawal of Philip Lane’s name from the race for the ECB presidency and the news that a second Jamie Oliver restaurant is on...


Confidence Soars, As Does Rent / Interview: Robert Finnegan, CEO of Three Ireland

Robert Finnegan, CEO of Three Ireland is in the hotseat on this week's podcast. He talks to Ciarán about his company's place in the Irish mobile market, the success of "All You Can Eat" data, the advent of 5G, rural broadband, and Three's sponsorship of the Irish football team. But first Peter Hamilton has a roundup of the week's business news, including rocketing property prices and rents, soaring consumer confidence, and another confounding week in the crazy world of crypto-currencies.


Trading Turbulence, Economic Growth & National Development Plan

Wild trading in the US, sparked by fears that rising inflation could force central banks worldwide to hike interest rates, saw volatility return to global stock markets in recent days. Irish Times columnist Chris Johns joins Ibec’s chief economist Fergal O’Brien, Cliff Taylor and Ciarán Hancock to discuss whether this is merely a temporary correction, or a hint of something more worrying to come. Also on the podcast, the EU Commission’s latest estimate showing that Ireland’s economy grew...


VW Scandal / IRFU's Philip Browne/ Business of Sport with Michael O'Keeffe

The news that VW tested diesel engine emissions by exposing monkeys to the fumes is a PR disaster for the company - another one. But will it matter to its bottom line? Or will the negative findings of the tests harm the diesel market? From Germany, Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally, and from his desk, Motoring Editor Michael McAleer are here to tell us. After that, in our monthly focus on the business of sport, Ciaran and Michael O'Keeffee of Teneo PSG talk to IRFU CEO Philip Browne about...


Trumponomics, Tracker Mortgage Revelations, Dominant Dublin, Our Man in Davos

How has the Trump economy so totally confounded the negative expectations of a year ago? What did we learn about the tracker mortgage scandal from AIB CEO Bernard Byrne's appearance at the Oireachtas finance committee ? And what is stopping us from making real competitors to Dublin out of places like Cork and Limerick, before the entire country becomes a commuter belt and the M50 finally grinds to a permanent halt? In part one of today's Inside Business podcast, Business Editor Ciarán...


Are Irish CEOs really worth it? & CSO's Labour Force Survey

A study of executive salaries at Irish companies by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu) released this week, shows the gap between the pay packets of chief executives and the average worker is widening, while bonuses are on the up. Laura Slattery is joined by Ictu's Dr Peter Rigney, Global FDI director at Morgan McKinley Trayc Keevan and Irish Times business affairs correspondent Mark Paul to discuss the findings. Also on the show: the CSO has introduced its Labour Force Survey to...


On Site with Michael Stanley of Cairn Homes

Demand for residential property in Dublin is sky-high, particularly around Grand Canal Dock. That's where development company Cairn Homes is building 122 new apartments. But the hefty price tag means they are not for everyone. Cairn CEO Michael Stanley showed Ciarán around the building and talked about the high cost of construction, why we need to add more floors to our city centre buildings and what needs to be done to ameliorate the acute shortage of housing. But first Joe Brennan pops...


Examining the Hotel Trade with Tim Fenn

2017 was another busy year for the Irish hotel industry with many new openings, customer growth and increased room rates. Tim Fenn, CEO of the Irish Hotels Federation, talks to Ciarán about the industry: the health of the market, whether value for money is being eroded, the impact of Brexit and the fight to retain the 9% VAT rate.


Growth in a Time of Uncertainty: Ireland's economy in 2018

What challenges and opportunities face the Irish economy and business in 2018? Bank of Ireland chief executive Francesca McDonagh, Ibec CEO Danny McCoy and Irish Times columnist and technology entrepreneur Chris Horn, join Ciaran Hancock to look ahead to the next 12 months.


2017 in Review & the Business of Sport with John Treacy, CEO Sport Ireland

Cliff Taylor joins Ciarán Hancock to discuss what led to Ireland having Europe's fastest growing economy in 2017. Also casting a glance back at the year that was, Laura Slattery chronicles the ups and downs at RTÉ, Mark Paul reviews the extraordinary goings on at Independent News and Media, while Dominic Coyle and Joe Brennan have the latest on the ongoing tracker mortgage scandal and what might happen next. In the second part of the show, Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy is this month’s...


Brexit Chaos is Real, Bitcoin Bubble & Ryanair's Pilot Strike

Irish Times columnist Chris Johns joins Laura Slattery and Cliff Taylor to discuss the Great Brexit Fudge and an apparent comeback by Prime Minister Theresa May. Also on today's podcast, Proinsias O'Mahony on the Bitcoin bubble and Barry O'Halloran on Ryanair's industrial relations woes.


Brexit Shambles, Trump's Tax Reform & Ireland's Exchequer Returns

Davy Stockbroker's Conall Mac Coille joins Washington correspondent Suzanne Lynch, Cliff Taylor and Ciarán Hancock to discuss the failed Brexit talks, US tax reform and what it might mean for Ireland. The panel also look at the exchequer returns for the first 11 months of this year and what they tell us about the health of the Irish economy.


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