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    The Business with George Lee Saturday 11 May 2013

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    A weekly look at the world of business and personal finance with George Lee
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    The Barron Brothers

    There was some good news on the retail front this week when Pamela Scott, a familiar fixture on Irish high streets, successfully exited Examinership, saving over 300 retail jobs in the process. The Irish fashion retailer was founded by Dubliner Sean Barron nearly 40 years ago, and is still run by Sean and his four sons today. Two of them, Scott and Robert, join us in studio.
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    From The Tour de France To The Tourism Trade

    Stephen Roche is Tour de France winner, an entrepreneur, and an Irish cycling legend. Since his retirement in 1993, Stephen has set his sights on a number of ventures in the business world, including his current bike tour company in Mallorca. We left the studio and met him in the bike shed to find out more.
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    The Cost of Cheap Clothes

    This week we heard, and saw, the astonishing rescue of Reshma Begum, a 19 year old Bangladeshi seamstress, miraculously dragged from the rubble, 17 days after the massive clothing factory that she worked in collapsed in Dhaka. The factory was 11-stories-high and the death toll resulting from its collapse is now approaching 1,000 people. The tragedy has reignited a debate about the clothes we buy, and how they are made. We're joined by Dr Tony Royle of the Cairns Graduate School of Business at NUI Galway, and by former fashion buyer Kate Nolan of Redress - The Better Fashion Initiative.
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    Turning around Thomas St

    Thomas Street in Dublin is steeped in history. Christchurch Cathedral sits at one end, with St James Gate sits at the other. Despite those landmarks, locals say that the street is not achieving its potential, and that one third of properties there are either vacant or derelict. They have decided to take matters into their own hands so we went along to find out more.
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    Comedy and Confidence

    Aidan Killian is a man who believes that cracking the right joke can help you learn the knack of public speaking, and he should know. A former investment banker, Aidan packed it all in to follow his dream of becoming a stand-up comic. He joins us in studio.

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