This week, a group of top economists gathered in Dublin to participate in an EU-sponsored conference about the future direction of the Irish economy. We're joined by two of the speakers, Prof. Nicholas Crafts from the University of Warwick, and John Martin, formerly of the OECD, now with the Bertelsmann Foundation.
It's that time of year when the excess shopping of Christmas leads to the excess waste of January. But getting rid of those empty selection boxes and old Christmas lights is just a small part of a massive global industry. Adam Minter is the author of "Junkyard Planet-Travels in the Billion Dollar Trash Trade". He joins us from Shanghai.
We've all heard of new markets opening up for Irish business in places like China, India, South America, and even the Middle East. But what about Russia? What does the world's largest country, and Europe's biggest population, offer Irish people willing to take the plunge? Diarmuid Fleming reports from Moscow.
Avril Conroy is an Athlone woman who has gone from working in Dunnes Stores to overseeing more than 2,700 service stations, 300 oil terminals and 48,000 employees as one of the top executives at Rosneft, Russia's biggest oil business. She joins us from Moscow to discuss her rise through the Russian ranks and the challenges of doing business there.
Since the dawn of the movie industry, big business has played a central role on the silver screen. But is the portrayal of business in film always balanced? Do chief executives, investment bankers, or stockbrokers get a fair outing? Are they always the villains of the piece? TCD lecturer Ruth Barton and film critic Joe Griffin join us to discuss.