Tony O'Reilly Junior is the youngest son of the legendary Tony O'Reilly Senior, a man who for decades was Ireland's leading businessman, thanks to his work with Heinz, INM, Waterford Wedgewood, and before all that, his international rugby career. For the last eight years, Tony Jr has been Chief Executive of Providence Resource's, driving their quest to find oil in the seas around Ireland. He joins us from Limerick.
Earlier this week, the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan delivered his budget for 2014. It was, he claimed, the last of the big austerity budgets, and one that would set Ireland on the path to full recovery. But is he right? To discuss, we're joined by Diarmaid Smyth, Chief Economist of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, Nat O'Connor, Director of TASC, and from Luxembourg by Megan Greene, of Maverick Intelligence.
In the 1980's and 90's, Candace Johnson played a pivotal role in introducing commercial satellite technology to Europe. She was so successful, she was once described as the continent's 'most dangerous woman'. Now an angel investor and mentor, this week, she spoke at a conference of Irish entrepreneurs about the benefits of 'going global'. She joins us from Cork.
Facebook may well be very much a 21st century phenomenon. But it seems these days the Social Media giant is getting inspiration from the past, particularly when it comes to dealing with employees. They're harking back to giants like Cadburys and Guinness with their plans to build a Facebook 'village' for their staff. Liam Geraghty has been finding out more.