Over the last few months we have come across quite a few people expressing hope and optimism about where Ireland's economy is heading. But we have also heard from an equal number who have expressed doubts and pessimism about our prospects.
To debate the merits of the different points of view, we're joined by a relatively optimistic Austin Hughes, Chief Economist with KBC Bank, and by a rather more pessimistic Dr. Tom Healy, Director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute.
Danuta Gray is one of Ireland's best-known business women. She spent nine years as Chief Executive of O2 in Ireland before moving on to become non-executive Chairman of the company, finishing her term there at the end of last year. She is also a board member of Aer Lingus, Paddy Power, and the financial services group, Old Mutual. She joins us in studio.
For many this weekend marks the true start of the summer as the 2013 GAA Championship kicks off. Amongst those who'll be cracking points and blasting goals are some who are sure to have balance sheets and business loans in the back of their minds.
Joining us are Fermanagh footballer Shane Lyons of GNS Fitness and Waterford hurling stalwart Eoin McGrath of Mean Bean Coffee, both of whom know a thing or two about bringing the GAA competitive mentality and focus to matters of business.
Competition may well be fierce in the GAA Championship but some of the battles that go on daily in workplaces around the country are not to be sniffed at either.
Rivalries can be become very fierce as people compete for jobs. So does having a rival push you on to achieve more?
Fiona McAuslan is a Conflict Mediator.