The OECD published its latest Economic Survey of Ireland. It believes Ireland is emerging from its difficulties, with economic activity and employment slowly recovering. But it warned that long-term economic growth is essential to ease our debt burden. We're joined by economist Colm McCarthy, economist Paul Sweeney, and Independent TD Shane Ross.
"The Irish Edge" is a new book, co-authored by Finbarr Bradley of UCD, and James Kennelly who's a Professor at Skidmore College in upstate New York. It claims that our future success in the modern economy could be more rooted in our tradition and identity than we might think. James joins us from New York.
Maurice Healy heads up The Healy Group - a very successful importer and distributor of ingredients for the food, chemical and pharmaceutical industries. He has operations in Ireland, the UK, and more recently, in China. He is passionate about getting businesses to give back more to the community. He joins us in studio.
Most people have bought a book at some stage in their lives and of course many of us buy lots of them. But what is it that influences the books we choose? Are we lured in by the design of the cover, or does the look of the book have much effect on what we pull off the shelf?
Here to discuss the art - or is it a science - of judging a book by its cover is novelist Ella Griffin, and book designer Graham Thew.
Lots of vintage airplanes will be flying over the river Liffey in FlyFest this weekend. One Dublin business, which is involved in the event, is doing very well by offering pilots the chance to gain their wings while at the same time keeping their feet firmly on the ground, as we found out.