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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.




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 are...

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

Property, PTSB & Ballydoyle at the WRC

On today's podcast, Eoin Burke-Kennedy on the ongoing social housing shortage and Joe Brennan has the details of new Irish property venture, Oaktree, which hopes to list on the Irish stock market. In the second half of the show, Mark Paul and Martin Wall are in studio to talk about WRC hearings relating to working conditions for grooms and exercise riders at Ballydoyle racing yard.

Duration: 00:36:46

INM, Cerberus, QuinnBet, Rent Spikes

Irish Times journalists discuss the big business stories of the week. This week: Mark Paul on INM's boardroom battle, Barry O'Halloran on Cerberus's moves against debtors in the courts and Sean Quinn's move into online betting, and Fiona Reddan on the massive increase in rents - bad news for tenants, but a big opportunity for homeowners with a spare room. Hosted by Ciaran Hancock. Produced in association with Irish Life.

Duration: 00:31:53

The Case For Athlone City & UK Brexit Border Position Paper

"An absolutely magnificent idea", is how economist Jim Power views the prospect of Athlone City. He joins Destination Athlone Chairman John O'Sullivan and Irish Times business journalist Mark Paul to discuss the Westmeath town's push to be designated a regional city under the State’s new spatial plan. In the second part of the show, Cliff Taylor and presenter Ciarán Hancock go through the UK's Brexit border position paper with a fine tooth comb.

Duration: 00:38:29

Ireland's 'Lost Decade', Paddy Power Betfair CEO's Exit & Google Sexism

According to a new economic outlook from Goodbody Stockbrokers this week, Ireland’s economy is returning to its “previous peak” with close to full employment and domestic spending back at 2007 levels. So, has Ireland's economy really emerged from a "lost decade"? Irish Times business journalist Fiona Reddan joins presenter Laura Slattery and deputy business editor Dominic Coyle to discuss the report’s findings, while Barry O’Halloran has the details on the departure of Breon Corcoran as...

Duration: 00:34:27

Ireland 'ahead of the posse' for Brexit & Tax Strategy Group

President of the Irish Exporters Association Nicola Byrne explains why Ireland is “way ahead of the posse” in preparing for Brexit. There is still a lot to do, but there is also a “huge amount that can happen in the right direction” for Ireland after Britain leaves the European Union, she tells presenter Cliff Taylor. They are joined by associate research professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute Martina Lawless, who outlines what the worst-case scenario could be when it...

Duration: 00:32:07

Wheels Coming Off Germany's Auto Industry & The BBC's Pay Gap Row

The wheels are starting to come off the German auto industry, with the country’s five biggest car makers facing allegations that they have engaged in cartel-like behaviour for more than a decade. Speaking on the latest podcast, Irish Times Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally says the industry, worth around €400 billion to the German economy annually, is too big to fail, but if the latest allegations are proved to be true then the diesel emissions scandal at Volkswagen will prove to have been...

Duration: 00:27:30

Brexit's Impact / Personal Contract Plans

We return to the topic of Brexit. Patrick Smyth in Brussels has the latest on negotiations between the EU and UK taking place this week. Joe Brennan tells us about the latest announcements and rumours around banking and insurance moves, while Eoin Burke Kennedy looks at the impact so far on Irish industries. In part two our resident motoring expert Michael McAleer explains the financing method that up to 30% of those buying brand new cars in Ireland are now using. A Personal Finance Plan...

Duration: 00:34:16

Weighing Up 'The Summer Statement' With Cliff Taylor, Jim Power & Joe Brennan

We look over the components of Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe's summer statement on the public finances. Is there any need for a rainy day fund at all? What kind of capital investment should be prioritised? Should the 9% VAT rate for tourism go? Cliff Taylor, Jim Power and Joe Brennan join Ciarán Hancock to tackle those questions and more.

Duration: 00:35:43

Motor Insurers Under The Spotlight, Tax Take, Waiting for Broadband

As our absent host Ciaran Hancock pointed out in his column this week, few tears will have been shed among the public at news that motor insurance providers were raided yesterday by the European Commission. But what's really going on behind closed doors in the industry? Joe Brennan and Cliff Taylor explain why lower premiums are unlikely, no matter what the outcome of investigations. Then Eoin Burke-Kennedy has analysis of the latest exchequer figure returns for the first half of the year,...

Duration: 00:23:47

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