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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.




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...

Duration: 00:28:19

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...

Duration: 00:32:04

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.

Duration: 00:33:44

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.

Duration: 00:43:35

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...

Duration: 01:00:56

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.

Duration: 00:33:03

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.

Duration: 00:30:14

A Little Good News for First-Time Buyers / The Business of Sport with Mick O'Keeffe

Today we're excited to introduce a new monthly feature on Inside Business: The Business of Sport. Together with Mick O'Keeffe, CEO of communications company Teneo PSG and former Dublin footballer, we'll be examining the stories where sport and business interact. Joining us for the our first instalment of The Business of Sport is Paraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA. He talks to Ciarán and Mick about getting to grips with the vast machine that is the modern GAA, what missing out on the...

Duration: 00:40:06

Does Black Friday add up? & Hammond's 'safety first' UK Budget

In today's episode, Deputy Chief Executive of Retail Excellence Ireland, Lorraine Higgins and Irish Times consumer affairs correspondent Conor Pope go head-to-head on the merits of Black Friday. And, in the second part of the show, Denis Staunton joins Ciaran Hancock and Cliff Taylor on the line from London, where the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond delivered the UK’s autumn budget earlier this afternoon.

Duration: 00:33:24

The Single Malt: A Neat Trick & Is Airbnb hurting long-term rent market?

Are landlords are leaving long-term rentals, switching to the more lucrative short-term market? What's going on with a potential personal data breach at INM? And what are the latest developments in the tracker mortgage scandal? Fiona Reddan, Mark Paul and Joe Brennan join Ciarán Hancock to discuss. In the second part of the show, Peter Vale, tax partner at Grant Thornton, is in studio with Deputy Business Editor Dominic Coyle to talk about the “Single Malt” tax loophole, which companies...

Duration: 00:32:33

Tax Paradise Islands, Clever Tech at Web Summit

"It might be legal there, but that's because very little is illegal there". Richard Murphy and Colm Keena join Ciarán Hancock to talk about the wonderful world of offshore tax avoidance revealed in the Paradise Papers. Colm looks at the details of the Irish cases found among the cache of leaked documents, while Richard explains the unusual way in which the Isle of Man has managed to fund itself while offering a 0% corporate tax rate. They also discuss our own status in the international...

Duration: 00:38:29

Listening Habits, Resilient Ryanair & Rugby Bid Blues

This week's podcast looks at the latest radio listenership figures, Ryanair's healthy profits despite the problems of the past months, and why Ireland's bid for the Rugby World Cup was ranked third behind France and South Africa, meaning likely disappointment for Irish rugby fans and also for Ireland Inc.

Duration: 00:27:38

"It’s too scary to even think about” - Tracker Mortgage Scandal

A woman who says she was taken off her tracker mortgage by Permanent TSB without her knowledge in 2006, has described her future as “too scary to even think about.” On today’s Inside Business podcast, Marian Kenny tells Ciaran Hancock that she sees no use in naming and shaming the banks involved in the tracker mortgage scandal because “you need to have a conscience to feel shame”. In the second part of the show, chief executive of Irish Mortgage Holders David Hall joins Cliff Taylor to...

Duration: 00:51:54

Gavin O'Reilly on The Red Flag Case, INM Today & Sir Anthony's Life After Business

Gavin O'Reilly, former CEO of Independent News & Media, Chairman of Red Flag Consulting and son of Sir Anthony O'Reilly, talks to Ciarán Hancock about the case Denis O'Brien has taken against Red Flag, corporate governance at INM today and his father's life after business. He also talks about his own life in business, from advertising and stockbroking to the music and newspaper industries, and an unusual encounter with disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Duration: 00:56:28

Budget Special with Cliff Taylor, Marian Finnegan(SherryFitzGerald) & Peter Reilly(PwC)

To look at the measures introduced in today's budget, Business Editor Ciarán Hancock is joined by Cliff Taylor (The Irish Times), Peter Reilly (PwC) and Marian Finnegan (Sherry FitzGerald).

Duration: 00:35:13

Live: The Future of Retail with Maurice Pratt, Lorraine Higgins, David McRedmond & Lorcan O'Connor

Inside Business Podcast LIVE at the GPO: "The Future Of Retail" Irish Times Business Editor Ciaran Hancock talked to a panel of retaill experts about the future of the industry in the digital age for our second ever live recording of Inside Business. The event took place at the G.P.O.'s Witness History museum on O'Connell Street, Dublin. On the panel: Maurice Pratt, formerly the face of Quinnsworth and Tesco Ireland, current chairman of pharmacy chain Unipharm, and a director both of Boyne...

Duration: 01:05:44

Ryanair in Trouble? & Hospitality Sector VAT North and South

Ryanair is making headlines for all the wrong reasons for a second week running, with 400,000 customers set to be affected by further flight cancellations over the winter period. On the latest Inside Business podcast, Barry O’Halloran says Michael O’Leary’s airline could have been forgiven for an isolated mess up that led to last week’s PR disaster and the cancellation of two per cent of its flights over a six week period, but this latest crisis gives the impression of an organisation that...

Duration: 00:29:56

Michael O'Leary's Raging & Future-Proofing At The Ploughing

It's been a week of uncharacteristically poor PR management at Ryanair with the airline forced to cancel 2 per cent of its flights over the next six weeks, due to a cock-up concerning pilots holidays. Irish Times Consumer Affairs correspondent Conor Pope says Michael O'Leary is clearly raging over the blunder but it's unlikely to have any lasting impact on the brand. He joins business reporter Barry O'Halloran to discuss the crisis affecting more than 300,000 of the airline's customers. In...

Duration: 00:30:58

John Teeling on mining: "I've made more than I've lost" & Lidl Fashion

John Teeling has been in the mining business since 1969. Since then he says he has had "two or three big winners, that's all" but he has made more money than more he has lost. John Teeling has been in the mining and exploration business since 1969 and says he has had "two or three big winners, that's all" throughout his career, but he has made more money than he has lost. In the second part of the show, Fiona Reddan has the details of Lidl’s foray into High Fashion with a new clothing line...

Duration: 00:32:59

Pre-Budget Submissions: The Fiscal Council & Tourist Industry Confederation

The Fiscal Advisory Council and the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation both launched pre-budget submissions this week. FAC chairman Seamus Coffey urges caution and tells presenter Ciarán Hancock that the body will be watching with interest to see what Leo Varadkar and Paschal Donohoe will do with their first budget. In the second part of the show, Irish Tourist Industry Confederation chief executive Eoghan O’Mara-Walsh explains why the State should spend €60 million each year for a...

Duration: 00:36:43

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