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    Saturday 12th April

    Shyness is Nice

    Professor Bernardo Carducci has made it his life's work to study shyness. He is the Director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University. He joins us to discuss how shyness can impact on our working lives. But first, Liam Geraghty has been searching out some stories of shyness.

    The Cleary Twins

    The name Glenisk has become synonomous with Irish organic food since it was founded by Jack Cleary in Co.Offaly in 1987. Jack's 14 children have all played their part in the business. We're joined by the current chief executive Vincent Cleary, and his twin brother Brendan, who has gone out on his own to set up De Mad Food Company.

    Overcoming Autism

    Two years ago, we featured the story about the launch of Specialisterne, an organisation that helps people with autism spectrum disorders to find work. So how is it panning out? We're joined by one of their success stories, Dara McMahon, who is a support associate for SAP, and by Kristin Doran leader of the SAP Autism at Work Ireland Project.

    Clocking Off On The Continent

    This week, international newspapers reported that managers in the technology sector in France were about to sign an agreement which would make it illegal for managers there to look at work emails after hours. So is this another example of protecting their work-life balance? We're joined from Paris by Stephen Carroll, a journalist with France 24.

    A Taxing Matter

    Anyone receiving a payslip will be very conscious of the amount of tax taken by the Government each month. Yesterday the OECD published a report called “Taxing Wages 2014” that put our payroll taxes in context. Economists Paul Sweeney, formerly of the ICTU and Eoin Fahy of Kleinwort Benson Investors discuss.

    Saturday 5th April

    Moonlighting Entrepreneurs

    You may have seen Alex Purcell and Lindsay Byrne from Aurora Hair Roller successfully pitching their new product on Dragon's Den recently. Like so many others who have appeared in the Den, Alex and Lindsey started up their new venture while holding down day jobs. They join us to discuss the mayhem of moonlighting.

    London Calling

    We are all aware that many of our young people have had to leave these shores in the last few years to find work abroad. Like so many from previous decades, a large number of them have found their way to London. Our reporter Ruth Fitzsimons has been catching up with a few of the young entrepreneurial Irish there.

    The Minicab King

    As President Michael D Higgins official visit to London approaches, we turn our attentions to one of our most successful entrepreneurs in the British capital. Mayo-man John Griffin, founded the Addison Lee minicab company in the 1970's. Last year, he sold it to the US-based Carlyle Group for £300 million. He joins us from London.

    Paul Galvin

    There’s been plenty of focus on the GAA this week over their sale of television rights for some games to Sky. But one man who we won’t see play anymore is recently-retired Kerry forward and winner of four All-Irelands, Paul Galvin. He is now carving out a business for himself in the brave new world of social media marketing.

    Kickstarting Construction

    In a report released this week, the Housing Agency said Ireland is going to need a minimum of 80,000 new homes to be built in urban areas before 2018, if we are meet the needs of our growing population. So what’s the hold up? Tom Dunne, Head of Surveying and Construction Management at DIT, and John McCartney of Savills Ireland discuss.

    Saturday 29th March

    Young Money

    New research has emerged which suggests that there has been a dramatic increase in the numbers of people looking for jobs in stock markets after the release of the 'Wolf of Wall St' movie. But is life on Wall St as wild as the one often portrayed? In 'Young Money', Kevin Roose chronicles the lives of Wall St's post-crash recruits.

    The Wall Street Wizard

    One man who hasn't let age get in his way is Brendan Cryan, the oldest trader on Wall St. Rhona Tarrant has been finding out about his life on the street.

    The Age-Old Question

    This week, we received a letter from Michael who says that he has been trying for a long time to secure work, but to no avail. He believes the reason he can't find a job is because of age discrimination. So is ageism rampant in Ireland? We're joined by Brid O'Brien from the INOU, Ciaran McKinney of Age and Opportunity, and Mark Fielding from ISME.

    The Ticking Tax Timebomb?

    Earlier this week, the OECD published a taxation report that caused some to worry about the future for Ireland given our dependence on multinational corporations. To discuss the implications we're joined by Fergal O'Rourke head of Price Waterhouse Coopers’ tax services in Ireland, and Jim Stewart, Professor of Finance at Trinity College Dublin.

    A View From Europe

    Secretary-General of the European Commission, Catherine Day, was in her hometown of Dublin this week, speaking at a conference on what's next for post-Troika Ireland. We caught up with her at the Aviva Stadium and asked her what changes will follow the forthcoming European elections.

    Saturday 15th March

    Getting Back to Work

    Figures suggest that you could have only a one percent chance of finding employment without help if you've been out of work for 3 years or more. We're joined by Michael McKenna and Michael O'Driscoll, who between them were unemployed for many years. Thanks to the new Momentum Programme they have both managed to re-train and find new careers.

    A Personal Brand

    Do you know what people in your work say about you when you leave the room? And is Twitter all that important to your job prospects? In a world where perception can often be more important than reality - how can you manage your reputation in the office and online? Branding expert Veronica Canning joins us along with social media guru Darragh Doyle.

    Feeding the 5000

    Tonnes and tonnes of fruit and vegetables never make it to the supermarket shelves because, we’re told, people only want to buy perfectly-shaped produce. Ultimately however, it means that we're paying more for our weekly shopping. We sent our reporter Liam Gerraghty off to find out how Cork is highlighting this issue.

    Digital Champion Lord David Puttnam

    Lord David Puttnam is an Academy Award winning film producer whose films, including Chariots of Fire, the Killing Fields and Bugsy Malone, have won a total of ten Oscars. He is passionate about education and is Ireland’s Government-appointed Digital Champion. We spoke to him in UCD, just after he finished delivering a lecture to educators.

    Saturday 8th March

    An Investment With Strings Attached

    When you think of investments, stocks and shares may immediately jump to mind. But professional violinist Joanne Quigley is hoping to attract investment of a very different kind. She desperately wants to get her hands on an antique violin worth £300,000. She joins us in studio.

    The Workplace for Women in 2014

    This week, there were some positive figures released relating to female directors in companies, but the question of equality in the workplace is still a hot topic. To discuss the issues, we're joined by Louise Campbell, MD of Robert Walters Recruitment, management consultant Orlaith Carmody, and Sandra Hart from BNI.

    Mother Jones

    The role of Irish women in the labour movement, both here and abroad, is very rarely discussed. However, this evening as part of International Women's Day, one of these influential women, Rosie Hackett, will be recognised at an event in Liberty Hall. Labour historian Francis Devine joins us to discuss other great Irish female figures who fought for workers' rights.

    Seachtain Na Gaeilge

    With Seachtain na Gaeilge in full swing and events taking place all over the country, we sent our reporter Orla Rapple to Co. Waterford to find out what it's like to run a business using the Irish language.

    The Crimean Crisis

    As the Crimean crisis deepened over the course of the week, the question of economic sanctions came more and more to the fore. But what are the consequences if European leaders decide to go down that route? We're joined by Eliziveta Donnery, from the Irish Russian Business Association, and Chris Weafer, an Irish economist based in Moscow.

    Saturday 1st March

    The Espresso Economy

    This week coffee chain Starbucks announced a 47% increase in profits in Ireland while Nespresso sold more than €6 million worth of its coffee capsules here last year. So it seems that coffee is still a hot commodity, despite tough economic conditions. We sent tea-drinker Liam Geraghty out to lift the lid on the coffee business.

    45 Years of Spinning Yarns and Selling Spirits

    Willie McCarter has been a major fixture in the Irish business landscape for nearly 45 years. He has knitted together a career in manufacturing, as CEO of the now-defunct Fruit of the Loom factory in Co. Donegal with a career in whiskey, cofounding Cooley Distillery with John Teeling. He joins us in studio.

    X-Factor Entrepreneurship

    This week saw the publication of the Government's latest Action Plan for Jobs. One of the most attention-grabbing measures was the creation of an entrepreneurship competition. But are competitions like this the best way to go about building an entrepreneurial culture throughout Ireland? We're joined by Moira Creedon, from the IMI, and Sheila Killian, from the University of Limerick.

    Saturday 22nd February

    Good Vibrations

    Good Vibrations is one of best movies recently made in Ireland. It tells story of the legendary Godfather of Northern Irish Punk Rock Terri Hooley. Terri joins us, along with screen writer Glenn Patterson who helped bring the story to the big screen.

    Location, Location, Location

    Many parts of the country have been immortalised on the silver screen - places like Cong, in Co Mayo for the Quite Man, Trim Castle for Braveheart, and Kilmainham Jail for many more. But what happens if they want to turn your front room, or your business, into a movie location? Orla Rapple has been finding out.


    Peter Dillon and Emer O'Grady have been thrown off cranes, set on fire, hit by cars, fallen off galloping horses, and a lot more besides. They're professional stunt performers, and they join us in Filmbase to discuss their profession.

    The Fine Art of Foley

    Movie-making is a really expensive business - you just have to look at the long list of credits at the end of any film to see that. The processes involved can be incredibly layered, intricate, and very time-consuming. One such area is in movie sound. Our reporter Liam Geraghty has been sounding out some Irish Foley Artists.

    Money and the Movies

    As excitement about The Oscars escalates, we're zooming in on the Irish film industry and finding out the real story of the business behind the showbusiness. We're joined by Domhnall Slattery, co-founder of Newgrange Pictures James Hickey CEO of the Irish Film Board and Barbara Galavan, CEO of Screen Producers Ireland.

    Saturday 15th February

    Corporate Surveillance

    Surveillance and subterfuge have been much discussed over the past week with the developments at the Garda Ombudsman’s Office. But what about the world of corporate espionage? Is it an underworld full of spies, or is it becoming an everyday occurrence in business? Dermot Williams, Managing Director of Threatscape joins us to discuss.

    The Booming World of Business Cards

    There's one thing that remains an ever present part of the business landscape everywhere, and that’s the giving and receiving of business cards. There has been no shortage of digital companies and app developers attempting to replace the traditional sturdy little three-and-a-half inch by 2 inch cards. But they're not getting very far with all those efforts, as Liam Geraghty has been finding out.

    The Economic War Between East and West

    Last year for the first time ever, less than 50% of all economic activity came from the world’s advanced economies. Daniel Pinto is the founder of Stanhope Capital, which oversees billions in investments for wealthy families and institutions. He's written a book called 'Capital Wars: The New East-West Challenge for Entrepreneurial Leadership and Economic Success'. He joins us from London.

    The Financial Fallout of a Relationship Breakup

    There was a lot of romance in the air for Valentine’s Day yesterday, but what happens when the love birds stop singing? To look at the financial fallout when relationships fall apart, we're joined by Frank Conway of the Irish Financial Review and from Cork by solicitor Anne O'Neill.

    The Boss of the Black Stuff

    John Kennedy is the President of Diageo for Western Europe. He heads up a team of over 2000 people; is responsible for Irish exports worth in the region of one billion euro; and is the man credited with the concept of Guinness Extra Cold. He is also President of the employers’ body IBEC. He joins us in studio.

    Saturday 8th February

    To Quote or Not To Quote

    This week, the new CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, paraphrased a quote from Oscar Wilde in a letter he wrote in an effort to inspire his staff. Another big believer in quotes is business coach and writer Shane Craddock, while Siobhan O'Connell from Business Plus is much more sceptical. They join us in studio.

    The Doodle Revolution

    Have you ever looked back through an old notebook and seen it covered in scribbles and scrawls of maybe trees, faces, random shapes or other kinds of doodles? Well if so, it seems, there's no need to be embarrassed or ashamed. Our own doodler Liam Geraghty caught up with one woman who wants to break the stigma of the doodler.

    Why We Never Learn

    Richard Grossman lives by the maxim 'It is the dead who teach the living'. He's a Professor of Economics at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, a visiting scholar at Harvard, and author of a new book called “Wrong; - Nine Economic Disasters and What We Could Learn From Them. He joins us in studio.

    Two Decades of Comedy Chaos

    1994 was a time when comedians such as Dylan Moran and Tommy Tiernan were creating classic comedy that would go on to win some of the greatest awards. Richard Cook saw the potential in it all, so he set up the Cat Laughs comedy festival in Kilkenny. He joins us to reminisce on 20 years of comedy and commerce.

    Two-Tier Ireland

    Much has been made of late about the development of a two-speed economic recovery in Ireland. The IDA was dragged into the heart of the debate this week after the release of figures showing that eight counties did not receive a single cent of IDA investment in 2012. We're joined by Barry O'Leary Chief Executive of the IDA, serial entrepreneur Padraig O'Ceidigh and Brid O'Brien from the INOU.

    Saturday 1st February

    Giving up the Ghost-Writer

    The break-up that grabbed the headlines this week was the fall-out between rugby legend Brian O'Driscoll and his ghostwriter, sports journalist Paul Kimmage. Two men who know a good deal about how the world of “the pen for hire” works are ghostwriters Eddie Rowley and Brian Finnegan.

    Entering the World of Evening Classes

    In January this year, thousands of people signed up to the hundreds of evening courses on offer around the country. Orla Rapple has been catching up with some of those who have registered for Start-Your-Own-Business courses, and others who are attending evening courses to forget work.

    The Father of Irish Fashion

    Dubliner Paul Costelloe is the youngest of seven children. He left school at the age of 16, and went to work first in a bacon factory in Waterford. He also tried to make a buck or two from bookkeeping, before finally settling on a controversial catwalk career. He joins us from London.

    The Economics of a Rhino Horn Heist

    On Monday, Michael Flatley became the latest victim of a rhino horn heist. The theft of such horns has become big business internationally, with gangs involved not only here in Europe, but also throughout the United States and Asia. We're joined by Richard Thomas from Traffic and Nigel Monaghan, keeper of the Natural History Museum.

    Are Pay Rises Realistic?

    This week, bonuses and pay scales were making headline news. The Minister for Finance told AIB that bonuses would not be forthcoming. Elsewhere, a Morgan McKinley report showed that salaries and benefits have rebounded for some. To discuss whether the time is right for pay increases, we're joined by SIPTU's Jack O’Connor and ISME's Mark Fielding.

    Saturday 25th January

    The Mean-Moneyed People

    What kind of an impact does money have on an individual? Psychologist Paul Piff of UC Berkley has spent years conducting research and experiments on this topic. The results he says are clear cut - the more we have the meaner we get. Psychologist Claire Mulligan and Sigmar Recruitment's Robert MacGiolla Phadraig discuss.

    Education and Entrepreneurship

    The report of Entrepreneurship Forum, which was launched on Thursday, was quick to point out that we still have a long way to go in Ireland before we can say that we have a culture that encourages enterprise. We're joined by Jerry Kennelly from Tweak.Com, who is hoping to go some way towards changing that, and Sean Cottrell director of the Irish Primary Principals Network.

    Paving A New Path

    Wealthy investors, rather than banks, have started giving out loans to young people to help them get a start in life. The deal they are offering however requires that the young people have to give the investors a slice of their income for up to ten years in some cases– meaning that the more they earn the more they have to pack. The scheme is operated by a company called Pave which was masterminded by Sal Lahoud who joins me now.

    Russian Life

    Over the last couple of weeks we've been looking at possible business opportunities for people in Russia – but what of the Irish in business who have already made Russia their home? In his final report from Moscow, Diarmaid Fleming has been finding out what life is like for those who’ve taken the plunge east.

    Intercom Investment

    This week was a very good week for an Irish-based technology company called Intercom - founded in Dublin only 30 months ago. On Tuesday Intercom sealed a huge investment from two US Venture Capital funds, and some are now estimating it could be valued at close to $100m. It is going to create 100 new software, engineering, and design jobs in Ireland over the next 18 months. We’re joined now from Silicon Valley in California by one of the founders of Intercom, Eoghan McCabe.

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