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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.




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...


Turkey in Crisis, Aryzta Cash Call, Web Summit U-Turn

Turkey has been hit by a currency crisis in the past week that, coupled with a tense stand-off with Donald Trump, threatens to wreak havoc on the country. Are we in a new era of ‘strongman economics’? And what is the potential for contagion across the EU? Chief economist at Manulife and John Hancock Asset Management, Megan Greene, joins Cliff Taylor and Ciaran Hancock to discuss. Also on the podcast: Aryzta has announced that it intends to raise €800 million from investors. Joe Brennan has...


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...


Italy's Markets, Results at Greencore & Ryanair and Zuckerberg in Brussels

Economist Megan Greene talks to Cliff Taylor about market turbulence in Italy sparked by political upheaval. They also look at trade tensions between the US and China. Later, Joe Gill of Goodbody Stockbrokers and Eoin Burke-Kennedy on the response of investors to results at two Irish companies: Greencore and Ryanair. But first, Laura Slattery has a roundup of some of the week’s other stories.


Prof Edgar Morgenroth on IMF warnings, Housing, Metrolink, & more

The IMF's urged the Government not to cut taxes in the upcoming budget, to protect against future fiscal shocks. DCU professor of economics Edgar Morgenroth, Cliff Taylor and Eoin Burke-Kennedy discuss why Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe would do well to heed the warning, contained in the fund's latest assessment of State’s economic performance. They also discuss whether Ireland is headed for another property bubble, if it is time for price parity between petrol and diesel, and why the...


Brexit & Irish Timber: 12,000 Jobs Under Threat

The timber industry contributes about €2.3 billion to the Irish economy each year and supports 12,000 jobs in rural Ireland. But with some 78 per cent of the output exported overseas, the implications of Brexit are obvious. To discuss this industry and the threat it faces, Ciarán is joined by Coillte CEO Fergal Leamy, John Murray, owner of Murray Timber, and Lucinda Creighton, MD of Vulcan Consulting. But first Eoin Burke Kennedy is here to talk about his selection of the day's major...


Leopardstown Land Row & Davy's Upbeat Forecasts

A row has erupted over a controversial decision by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown county council to place land around Leopardstown racecourse on its Vacant Sites Register. Olivia Kelly and Barry O'Halloran have the details on the story. Later, Davy's chief economist Conall Mac Coille on the stockbroker's latest upbeat economic forecasts. But first, Peter Hamilton has a roundup of some of the other stories this week, including the EU’s Multi Annual Financial Framework and mixed news on Ireland’s cost...


Smyths Toys Super Expansion, Ulster Bank & Irish Ferries

On today's podcast, Mark Paul talks to Ciarán Hancock about Irish-owned Smyths Toys €79 million European expansion. Conor Pope reports on two consumer scandals involving Irish Ferries and Ulster Bank. But first, Eoin Burke-Kennedy has a roundup of some of the week’s other stories, including the latest developments in the tracker mortgage scandal and an agreement for Apple to begin paying its Irish tax bill.


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.