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    The Business Saturday 16 May 2015

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    A weekly look at the world of business and personal finance with Richard Curran
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    The Department of Finance and the Pillar Banks

    This week, the Department of Finance was attempting, yet again, to strongarm the banks into passing on ECB interest rate cuts to their customers, and to deal fairly with the mortgage arrears crisis. Have they any hope of getting the banks to toe the line? Pat McCloughan, MD of PMCA economic consultants - who worked as an adviser to the Banking Inquiry during its "Context" phase - and Shane Ross, Independent TD and author of "The Bankers - How the Banks Brought Ireland to its Knees", joined Richard in studio.
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    "Vanity Capital" of the Super Rich

    Lately, there have been a number of shows on our TV screens highlighting the lives of the super wealthy, the "Plutocrats" as they're now known. In a recent report Merrill Lynch gave their unhinged consumerism a new name - "Vanity Capital". It seems that it's a growing market; equating to over 3 trillion dollars right now, and likely to reach 4.5 trillion by 2018. Kirstie McDermott, editor of Stellar Magazine, has taken a look at who's spending how much on what...
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    The Breadski Brothers

    The Breadski Brothers have been making a name for themselves all over the country with their brown breads and bloomers, seeded sandwiches and smart breads. They've even had the Taoiseach in to launch one of their new ranges. Our reporter Liam Geraghty visited them in their headquarters in Castlebar to get a slice of the action.
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    Helen Hall of IAASA

    Helen Hall is the CEO of the Irish Auditing and Accounting Supervisory Authority (IAASA), which has responsibility for keeping all of Ireland's accountants and auditors in check. Her team of 15 in Co. Kilkare is tasked with keeping track of 34,000 accountants, and the accounts of all of the listed companies. She has had a colourful career herself in Malawi and Rome, working for the likes of the UN World Food Programme and the World Bank. She spoke to Richard about needing some new recruits to tackle the many EU regulations that are coming down the line in the wake of the financial crisis.
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    Margaret Burgraff

    Margaret Burgraff is a Corkwoman who has been a big player in some of the largest technology companies in the world. She has spent the last 20 years working for the likes of Apple, Palm, Hewlett Packard, and is now a Vice President at Intel's HQ in San Francisco. She will be in Ireland later this month to take part in the ITLG's Silicon Valley Global Technology summit, hosted by Fingal County Council.
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    Holidaying with your Work Colleagues

    Li Jinyuan, the billionaire chief executive of China's Tiens Group Company, made headlines this week after bringing 6,400 of his staff on an all-expenses-paid trip to France, costing a cool 14 million euro. Would you want to go on holiday with your workmates? Colm Carey, Director of the Research Institute, isn't so sure it's a good idea, and our reporter, Aura McMemanin, has been asking people on the streets of Dublin whether or not they'd like to go on a company holiday...

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