The Business with George Lee, 13th April 2013 - ECOFIN Finalities
Yesterday, after much 'will-they-won't-they' speculation, Europe's finance Ministers agreed to extend the repayments of Ireland's and Portugal's bailout loans by seven years.
The decision should mean a reduction in the amount of money that Ireland will need to refinance through the bond markets over those seven years, and will also result in significant cash-flow savings for the Exchequer.
To discuss the implications we're joined from Dublin Castle by Peter Spiegel, who is the Brussels Bureau Chief of the Financial Times. We are also joined by Donal Donovan a member of the Fiscal Advisory Council and Frances Ruane, Director of the ESRI.
The Business with George Lee, 13th April 2013 - The Western Star
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Chairman of the Euro Group of finance ministers. Mr Dijsselbloem paid a visit to his old alma mater University College Cork on Thursday to speak about the economy. But he also spoke of his disappointment that a landmark pub he used to frequent while he was a student had been knocked down to make way for a big boom-time development that never happened.
He is not the only one with fond memories of the Western Star pub. Jackie Crowley, who spent his childhood there, and GAA legend Dr Con Murphy, share some of their memories.
The Business with George Lee, 13th April 2013 - Bretton Woods
The deal on our debt struck this week puts us in a better position to potentially say goodbye to the IMF by the end of this year. The International Monetary Fund was founded in 1944 following the Bretton Woods agreement. Benn Steil has written a book about the fascinating conflict which was at the core of it's creation. He joins us from New York.
The Business with George Lee, 13th April 2013 - Kings of the Castle
Slane Castle in County Meath has been in the Mountcharles family since the 1700's, and is well known for hosting the likes of Bob Dylan, U2, The Rolling Stones, and David Bowie. But the family have other interests, and are just on the verge of winning planning permission to build a €10 million whiskey distillery on the grounds of the estate. We're joined in studio by Lord Henry Mountcharles and his son Alex.
The Business with George Lee, 13th April 2013 -Procrastination
Professor John Perry from Stanford University is the author of "The Art of Procrastination". He's a big believer in the merits of "the long finger" . He joins us from California to discuss the power of procrastination.