There was some good news on the jobs front this week. For the first time since 2007 employment figures have risen for the
third quarter in a row. It seems that Ireland is bucking the trend in comparison with many other countries in the Eurozone. UCD labour economist Frank Walsh and social policy analyst Camille Loftus discuss.
Boyne Valley Activites and Cultural Tourism Ireland are two Co. Meath businesses that have emerged from the collapse of the construction sector. Both are using our medieval history as the basis of their new ventures. We took a trip to Trim to meet former carpenter Dara Llewellyn, former fitter James Murray, and archeologist Steve Mandel.
Almost ten years ago, Fruit of the Loom closed with the loss of thousands of jobs. Its former managing director Andrew McCarter decided to leave the corporate world behind him, opting instead for the good life on the Canary Islands. He joins us in studio.
Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman has been one of the strongest critics of austerity and his message seems to be gaining traction. This week the European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announced that some EU countries will be allowed to slow the pace of their austerity cuts in an attempt to boost economic growth. He joins us from New York.
Galwegian Eimear Noone shied away from computer games as a child, instead diligently practicing her piano scales. But now based in Los Angeles, she makes her living from composing and conducting scores that are listened to by millions of gamers on a daily basis.