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    The Business Saturday 24 January 2015

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    A weekly look at the world of business and personal finance with Richard Curran
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    Inequality and the "Squeezed Middle"

    This week the rich and powerful were all at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland, the official theme being the "new global context". Earlier in the week Oxfam had warned that by 2016 1% of the world's population will own more than the other 99%, and Barack Obama and David Cameron have both pledged an easing of pressure on the squeezed middle classes. Steve Keen, Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University in London, and Eamon Delaney, commentator and former diplomat, joined Richard to discuss the big picture issues of wealth and income inequality.
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    Patrick Coveney

    Patrick Coveney, has been at the helm of Greencore since 2008. The convenience foods giant employs in the region of 12,000 people and has 22 manufacturing locations in the UK and the US. Recently the company was at the centre of a major row in Britain over staff and conditions - Greencore had employed low cost workers from Hungary at its plant in Northampton - prompting David Cameron to weigh into the row and the Daily Mail to run the headline - "Is there no one left in Britain who can make a sandwich?"
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    Jobs with Free Gaffs

    have you ever wondered what it was like to work where you live? Or what it's like to get a house as part and parcel of your job? In the past this was a common occurrence with employers like the Guinness family, Cadburys and the Lever Brothers. But does it ever happen now? Liam Geraghty has been checking it out...
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    Turnaround Specialists and Vulture Capitalism

    Just six years after Waterford Wedgwood was bought out of receivership, its US private equity owners have put it up for sale for more than 650 million euro which would net them a profit of around 400 million. Not a bad return at all. To talk about the whole concept of vulture capitalism and its impact on these shores, Nick Webb, Sunday Independent Business Editor, joined Richard in studio.
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    The Pale

    90's R'n'B group TLC announced on Tuesday that they're financing their final album by crowd funding through Kickstarter. Within days they reached more than their target, in part due to donations from fellow musicians such as Katy Perry. Over the last couple of years, Irish bands have gotten in on the crowdfunding act with musicians such as The Walls and Julie Feeney successfully crowd funding their musical ventures. Among those who have tried it out are Dublin band, The Pale. Lead singer Matt Devereux and manager Declan O'Donoghue told Richard about their business plan...

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