The Business with George Lee, 9th February 2013- The Deal is Done
It was a week of drama of the highest order, as the Dáil worked late into the night to rush through emergency legislation to liquidise the Irish Banking Resolution Corporation, formerly known as Anglo Irish bank. The panic and chaos turned into applause and congratulations as Finance Minister Michael Noonan announced a new deal with the European Central Bank which would see the exchange of our promissory notes for long-term government bonds, saving the exchequer around €1 billion a year in debt repayments. But now that the deal has been done and the dust is beginning to settle, what does this mean for Ireland's recovery? We're joined by Donal Donovan, a former deputy director of the IMF, Paul Sweeney, Chief Economist of ICTU, and from London by Martin Sandbu, Economics Leader Writer at the Financial Times.
The Business with George Lee, 9th February - The Business Expo
Setting up a business can be a very daunting task - between working out VAT returns, company registration documents, web-sites, PRSI to name just a few. We're joined by two women who are hoping to change all of that, Miriam O'Connor and Emi Sheehy. You can find out more at businessexpo.ie.
The Business with George Lee, 9th February - Willie Walsh
The aviation industry has had to survive a lot of stress over the past number of years from the global economic crisis to exploding Icelandic volcanoes. We're joined now by a man who is flying high in the industry. Willie Walsh grew up in Dublin and became a trainee pilot at the age of 17 - he's since risen to the top of Aer Lingus, BA and the International Airlines Group - of which BA is a major player. He joins us in studio.
The Business with George Lee, 9th February - Cheque Please
The Irish love affair with the simple bank cheque is still going strong, with more than 84 million cheques being written in 2011 alone. As credit, debit and ATM cards take over in other European countries, we stubbornly stick to our signed pieces of paper. We sent our reporter Liam Geraghty onto the streets of Dublin to find uncover some of the hidden history of the Irish cheque.
The Business with George Lee, 9th February - The Millionaire Matchmaker
Well with a big romantic week ahead of us, we're joined by a Wexford woman who could call herself Cupid. Mairead Molloy has turned romance into a business - although it's a fairly exclusive kind of romance. Mairead joins us from Monaco.