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Saturday 10th December

Scents & Sensibility - Liam Geraghty

Whether we like it or not, it's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas from the scent of a fresh pine tree to a glass of cinnamon-spiced mulled wine. The festive season is an assault on all five of our senses but especially smell. Liam Geraghty brings us this report.

Billy Kane - Finance Ireland

Richard's next guest has been involved in the Irish finance industry since the early 80s, when he made a leap from selling photocopiers to becoming a director of the trailblazind Woodchester Leasing, before joining Irish Permanent. In the early 2000s he went out on his own & having weathered the storm fo the downturn, his company, Finance Ireland is going strong.

Charitable Corporate Gifts

Now, back in the day, companies used to wrap a bow around a bottle of whiskey for clients with staff scribbling signatures on a card, but nowadays, charities work with organisations to help them become a little more imaginative in their corporate Christmas gifting approach. Evelyn O'Rourke reports.

The Imposter Complex - a very real affliction

There's no shortage of people out there who feel that their talents aren't being appreciate at work, that they're being overlooked for promotions they feel they deserve. But what about people who feel exactly the opposite? Who think they never have been given the repsonsibilities they have & its only a matter of time before they are found out. Ian McClean, founder of the Flow Grp joins Richard to talk about a very real affliction, the imposter complex.

Pamela Quinn - Kuehne + Nagel

Pamela Quinn is MD of Kuehne & Nagel in Ireland, a company you may not have heard of but probably touched your life even if you don't realise it. The parent group is one of the world's largest logistics companies, with clients like Apple, Microsoft & Ornua, The Irish Dairy Board and revenues last year of a staggering 19 billion euro. Just last month, Pamela was named as Image Magazine's overall Irish Businesswoman of the Year.

Saturday 3rd December

Hidden Historic Country Houses - Liam Geraghty

Just in time for the 30th Anniversary of Hidden Ireland, the group that represents a collection of historic country houses where visitors can stay and dine. The owners of these private houses had to come up with alternate ways to keep them ticking over. Liam Geraghty reports.

Suits you Sir - Eddie Shanahan & Paul O'Connor

Well with Harrods reporting a drop in formal suit sales of 50 per cent & the artistic director of Zegna, the appropriately named Alessandro Sartori launching a campaign to 'Save the Suit', the future seems ominous for the dapper Dans among us. Richard is joined in studio by Eddie Shanahan, Chair of the council of Irish Fashion designers & Paul O'Connor, buying director of Brown Thomas.

Guaranteed Irish - Bríd O'Connell

Ireland is not a nation that is short on symbols, whether a shamrock, a Celtic Harp or a Shillelagh, there are many images that can very clearly & immediately let you know something Irish is afoot. There is another symbol out to make sure we're fighting the good fight & keeping jobs at home, the unmistakeable G & I that guarantee you are buying Irish. Bríd O'Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish joins Richard this morning.

Fiscal Space

In the lead up to Budget 2017, a new phrase - 'Fiscal Space' became part of the Irish vocabulary, particularly among all the politicians that wanted to let us know that, once again, we have money to spend. Earlier this week John McHale, Chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Council was using the phrase himself, only this time to let us know that there wasn't any money left. Brenan Keenan, Columnist with the Indep Group joins Richard in studio this morning.

Cancer Trials Ireland

With medical advances & more targeted approaches to the treatment of so many diseases, the desire to be at the centre of drug develepment is an understandable one. And that is what the group Cancer Trials Ireland is trying to achieve for Irish patients. Richard is joined by Eibhlin Mulroe, ~Chief Executive of Cancer Trials Ireland.

Profile - Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers

Richard's firs guest is Pat Whelan, of James Whelan Butchers in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. He was the first butcher to get his business online & author of 2 books on his trade, has a longstanding partnershiop with Avoca & recently started a business relationship with Dunnes Stores.

Saturday 26th November

Dublin 1 Retail - Liam Geraghty

With Christmas a month away, its going to be a busy time for retailers across the country & in Dublin, while the southside of the city centre is the destination of choice for many festive shoppers, businesses on the northside also want a slice of that particular pudding. Dublin Town will be launching a campaign next week to attract greater trade awareness in Dublin 1, including a new map highlighting the retail delights of the area. Liam Geraghty reports.

New Boss....New Headache

Well there are moments of challenge in all our careers & perhaps one of the most difficult of these is getting used to a New Boss. So what are the best survival tactics when regime change is in prospect, what if you are the agent of that change, what is the best demeanour to adopt? Louise Campbell, MD of Robert Walters Recruitment & Dr Stephen Costello, Philosopher & Dir of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland join Richard in studio.

Global Startup Gathering - Spike Island

Would you sign up to spend a weekend in a former Victorian prison on an island in the middle of November, if it helped your business idea to flourish? This was on offer last weekend with a Business Bootcamp, as part of Global Startup 2016. Evelyn O'Rourke brings us this report.

Profile - Stephen Kavanagh - Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus has been at the forefront of Irish aviation for its entire history but it also has been the centre of controversy over the years, especially during its move away from state ownership. Earlier this year it joined forces with the airline conglomerate IAG & its first 12 months within the group, Aer Lingus, on a relative basis, is the most profitable element of IAG.

Fidel Castro RIP

Almost 60 years after he overthrew Cuba's dictator Batista in a daring guerilla campaign, the death of Fidel Castro, one of the iconic revolutionary communist figures of the 20th century was announced on Cuban State Television this morning. Richard is joined by Paddy Smith, Foreign Policy Editor of the Irish Times to discuss a man who, divisive though his legacy may be, really made his mark on the world stage.

Saturday 19th November

Around the World - Siobhán O'Connell

Joining Richard in studio, for our monthly look at some of the week's international stories that might have escaped your attention, is Siobhán O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine &

Fidgeting - Liam Geraghty

A few weeks ago, 2 Denver brothers, Matthew & Mark McLachlan raised a whopping 6.1 million dollars for their product, The Fidget Cube - making it one of Kickstarter's most funded campaigns of all time. Liam Geraghty reports.

Peter Cochrane - Futurologist

After starting his working career digging ditches for the Royal Post in Britain, Peter Cochrane went back to college to study Electrical Engineering, eventually recommending that BT move from using copper cables to fibre-optics. While there he found himself climbing the corporate ladder rapidly to become BT's Chief Tech Officer & Head of Research.

Dublin Gallery Weekend

When visitors come to the capital, top of their To Do lists is Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, Book of Kells & the National Museum. Richard's next guests want the art galleries of our capital city to elbow their way on these must see lists. Rayne Booth, Temple Bar Gallery & Catherine Ryan, Nat Gallery Digital Media dept join Richard.

Richard Moat - Eir

Richard is joined by Richard Moat who has been CEO of Eir for the last two year, a company that has gone through many transformations. He first joined Eircom, as it was, in 2012 it had only emerged from the biggest examinership in the history of the Irish State. The company has just reported its 6th straight quarter of growth, a remarkable turnaround to how things were in 2012.

Saturday 12th November

Fitness Industry - Liam Geraghty

These days there are more people working out than ever before with an estimated 850,000 Irish gym members spending approx €435 million a year on membership per year. Liam Geraghty reports.


What is the reality of Trump's proposed economic policies actually mean, keeping American companies in America & employing American people, a problematic vista for Ireland with our heavy investment in keeping American companies here. Joining Conor is studio are Feargal O'Rourke, Managing Partner with PwC & Prof Frank Barry, Economist at the Trinity School of Business.

Back to Work - Evelyn O'Rourke

In western Europe we are not producing enough new workers with research predicting that employers will face a shortfill of 16-18 million college educated workers by 2020, so what are companies doing about filling these gaps? Evelyn O'Rourke brings us this report.

Market Research

Hilary Clinton gave her concession speech on Wednesday and to be fair many of us went to bed on Tuesday night thinking Hilary would win, only to wake up on Wednesday morning into a New World that we had been told by the pollsters simply was not going to happen. In studio with Conor are Damien Loscher, MD of Ipsos MRBI & PeteLunn, Snr Research Officer with Economic & Social Research Institute.

Profile - Brett Meyers, Currency Fair

Conor's first guest is Brett Meyers, an Aussie himself, who is one of the founders of an Irish-based business, Currency Fair Exchange, a company that gives you a cost-effective way to transfer funds overseas.

Saturday 29th October

Louise Campbell – How to quit well

Louise Campbell, Managing Director at Robert Walters on how to leave the work place in a formal manner.

Scary Biz

Well no doubt the costumes are ready, the pumpkins are carved, and the apples are bobbing away in anticipation of Monday night’s trick or treating. Perhaps you are the kind of person who needs a proper old fashioned scare to really get into the Hallowe’en swing of things.  We sent Liam Geraghty off on the trail of ghoulish profits.


Rory Healy and Des O’Leary are from Catapult, a production company that is all about the non-corporate side of the corporate event equation. Next week, they’ll be in Lisbon setting up the ten stages of what used to be known as the “Dublin Web Summit”, so it’s good to see that Irish businesses are still involved in that production.

Terms and Conditions

Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor of Independent News and Media, and Pavel Gladyshev, Director of the Digital Forensics Lab at UCD on Every time we tick the 'I AGREE' box online.

Ciara Clancy

Ciara Clancy who's the founder and CEO of Beats Medicalhas has forsaken all of that, and has devoted her youth to a business idea she came up with while working as a physiotherapist with people who were suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

London Falling

Well with every major relationship break-up, the tricky issue of dividing the spoils brings with it stress, recrimination and the tendency to say things we might later regret and it looks like Brexit will be no different in this regard. Denis Staunton, Irish Times London Editor, and Tony Foley, Senior lecturer in Economics at DCU

Saturday 22nd October

Business Around the World

Siobhan O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine and with our monthly look at some of the week's international stories.

50 Plus Expo - Eric Knowles

The Antique's Roadshow's longest-serving expert Eric Knowles on the 50 Plus Expo taking place at the RDS in Dublin on October 22nd and 23rd -

Denis Brosnan - Chairman of BHSL

Richard speaks to Denis Brosnan who has just taken up the role of chairman at BHSL, a Limerick-based company that has found a way to turn chicken poo into energy -

Look The Business

Evelyn O'Rourke speaks to Financial Times and Irish Times Management columnist Lucy Kellaway at The Gloss Magazine's 'Look the Business' event earlier this week.


David McWilliams on the annual three day comedy and economics festival 'Kilkenomics' taking place in Kilkenny from November 10th to November 13th.

Saturday 15th October

Knitting in the city.

Well with the cold weather lurking it's nearly time to start wrapping up in scarves, wooly hats and mittens on the early commute to work. With that in mind, we sent Liam Geraghty, who loves a good yarn, to get into the knitty gritty of knitting in the city.


World’s leading smartphone manufacturer Samsung had to recall millions of handsets after its new, flagship device the Galaxy Note 7 was bursting into flames.  Elaine Burke fills Richard in some more.

Paternity Leave

Forty years ago, Sweden was the first country in the world to introduce paid parental leave... Since then, many countries have developed their own childcare policies and here in Ireland we have just taken our latest step for new working Dads...


Headlines in the UK earlier this week made a lot of the fact that grocery retailer Tesco went to war with the global corporate behemoth Unilever over the price of Marmite, but there was actually a lot more than that divisive yeast-based spread at stake.

Flahavan’s Porridge

It's National Porridge Week in Ireland, and the people of Waterford have been “Starting the Day the Flahavan’s Way” since the eighteen-hundreds, and Flahavan’s now supplies over half of the porridge oats sold in the whole of Ireland.  Father and son John and James Flahavan catch up with Richard.

Saturday 8th October


This week was a big week in the world of prestigious international awards, with the recipients of Nobel Prizes and of course, Michelin stars being announced. Science journalist Sean Duke and Caroline Byrne, Secretary General of Euro-toques, a European representative body for professional chefs fill us in.

Irish Distillery Archive

Many Companies across the world regularly dip into their archives for inspiration, marketing, graphic design and more. Liam Geraghaty went to meet the two ladies in charge of the Irish Distillery Archive who thinks Irish companies could be doing more to leverage their history.


We all know that 'Brexit' is increasingly likely to mean 'Hard Brexit', with hopes of Theresa May backing away from the threshold somewhat dashed by her resolute speech to party members. David McGee at PWC and Margaret Doyle, partner at Deloitte UK and head of Financial Services and real Estate Insights.


Credit card giant MasterCard has simplified its logo to the point of almost, but not quite, doing away with the words 'MasterCard' will seem logical. Doctor Linda King, lecturer in Design History at Dún Laoighre Institute of Art, Design and Technology and Brand strategist and social psychologist Karen Hand fill us in.

Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland

Microsoft Ireland's Managing Director Cathriona Hallahan hosted a visit from the company's CEO Satya Nadella and President Brad Smith, who were here to meet the company's thirteen hundred staff in Ireland and to check in on progress with the new  million dollar campus being developed in Dublin.

Saturday 1st October

The Burger Business

Yesterday, the American restaurant chain, Five Guys, released their menu. Liam Geraghty finds out how this food chain has been expanding worldwide and if there's actually room for another Burger franchise in Ireland.

The Business of Autobiographies

Maria Dickenson MD of Dubray Books, discusses the importance of autobiographies with Richard and why the publishing industry needs them. The publishing industry needs these kind of book events – they are news stories, they permeate popular consciousness and get people thinking about books. And they get non-traditional readers into the shops.

Third Level Entrepreneurs

For a growing group of  third level students, college life is all about making some bucks from their books – by turning their college projects into a commercial businesses. Our reporter Evelyn O’Rourke has been to visit Maynooth University where they are making serious strides in their support for student entrepreneurs.

Budget Kites

Soon enough  minister of Finance, Michael Noonan, will be announcing the annual Budget. Kite flying season has been in full swing through September, as various ministers drop hints at what  they are hoping for in their departments. Richard speculates this topic with Kevin McLoughlin, Head of Tax at EY and Dr. Sheila Killian from the University of Limerick.

Dermot Byrne - Engineers Ireland

Dermot Byrne, President of Engineers Ireland has seen this country change beyond recognition through power of technical innovation. Richard catches up with Dermot on his career, life in retirement and his role as chairman of Vita - a development agency working in Ethiopia and Eritrea.

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