The Business

The Business

Saturday 10 - 11am


Saturday 24th September

Animation Ireland - Liam Geraghty

This week Animation Ireland, the trade assoc representing Ireland's leading animation studios, handed up their submissions to Min for Finance Michael Noonan offering recommendations to sustain & further develop this industry in Ireland. Liam Geraghty takes a look at the industry's history in Ireland.

Silver Dollar

While marketing companies trip over themselves to reach so called 'millenials' & digital natives, it might seem like the spending power of the older generation, the over 55s. is being underestimated. Robert Mooney, ResearchDir at Amárach & Anne Connolly, CEO of Irel Smart Aging Exchanging (ISAX) join Richard in studio.

The Motivation Equation - Dan Ariely

Richard's next guest believes that companies are overestimating the power of money as a motivating factor when it comes to the productivity of employees, in other words never mind the cash, perhaps all we need is a little appreciation. Richard speaks to Dan Ariely, Prof of Psychology & Behav Economics at Duke University in the US.

Winters of Discontent

Businesses in the capital are expecting to see poor sales today, as 6th day of strikes by Dublin Bus workers over pay rises, with similar fears of action at both Bus Eireann & Irish Rail. Joining Richard are Bill Roche, Prof of Ind Relations at Smurfit School of Business UCD & Joe Wallace, Emeritus Senior Lecturer in Ind Relations at the Kemmy School of Business in UL.

Joanne Hession

Joanne Hession has spent the best part of 20 years training such aspiring business people in the finer points of enterprise with her company, QED Training, recently rebranded as The Entrepreneurs Academy.

Saturday 17th September

Business Around the World

Siobhan O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine joins Richard in studio for the monthly look at some of the week's international stories that might have escaped you attention.

High Nellies - Liam Geraghty

Liam Geraghty was in Cappamore in county Limerick, home to an interesing & expanding business, High Nelly Bikes, a bicycle centre, a European Coffee Bar & Vintage Bike Shop.

Returning to work after unemployment

With back-to-school fever reaching tipping point, this time of year also gets adults thinking about the year ahead too. Changing jobs & dusting off your cv, our reporter Evelyn O'Rourke has been taking a closer look at the dilemma.

TV Formats

Television is after all a business & to discuss the changing landscape in which formats can make multimillionaires & loyalty is but a quaint thing of the past, joining Richard in studio are Tonyia Dowling, freelance producer & John Gleeson, Head of Media with Grant Thornton.

Neville Isdell

Born in Downpatrick, Neville Isdell moved to Zambia with his family when he was years old. Then after a university in Cape Town South Africa, Neville started at the very bottom rung of Coca-Cola & over the course of 4 decades with the brand rose to the very top. Neville was over in Dublin recently, launching his museum to the Irish Diaspora, on Dublin's House Quay & he kindly dropped in to say hello.

Saturday 10th September

Name Your Business - Liam Geraghty

In setting up a business, choosing a name for it is one of the most important & most fraught thing to get right, as the connection between name & purpose of the company will be seamless & symbiotic. Our reporter Liam Geraghty has been talking to experts in the art of choosing names.

Nick Hewer

Nick Hewer wil be a familiar figure to fan's of The Apprentice as Alan Sugar's original withering henchman. He has of course moved from The Apprentice to centre stage as quizmaster on Channel 4's Countdown. Nick is backing an Irish montering scheme aiming to give small pharmacies in this country the tools to boost their retail & business acumen.

Future Shock Pensions Crisis

Joining Richard in studio this morning is Jill Kirby, Personal Finance Correspondent with the Sunday Times and Paul Kenny, former Pensions Ombudsman who retired earlier this year, to discuss a report published by Aviva that there is a gap in what is being saved in Ireland & what will be needed to fund our future pensioners estimated a 27.8 billion euro.

Paul McGinley

Paul McGinley is a true superstar of the fairways, with a glittering prowess as a leader of men has set him apart in what is perhaps the most individual of sports. Paul's success as a leader on the golf course has made him an in-demand speaker off the course, with companies & businesses seeking out his insights.

Saturday 3rd September

Garveys - Liam Geraghty

We meet many entrepreneurs & business owners on this programme & regardless of what field they are in the one consistent thing is that the work simply never stops, that is until the day when hard earned retirement arrives. Liam Geraghty reports.

Data Science - Linda Davis

In 2009. Google's chief economist, Hal Varian, raised a few eyebrows when he said that within 10 years 'Statistician' would be the sexiest job on the planet & with more & more companies advertising for them every day, he might have been right. Linda Davis, Founder & CEO of Next Generation Recruitment explains what a data analyst is.

Reactive Retail - Damian O'Reilly & Daragh Murphy

In studio with Richard is Damian O'Reilly, Lecturer in Retail Management at Dublin Institute of Technology & Daragh Murphy, founder & owner of joins us from our Cork studio. The Reactive Retail approach is not unique to baking ingredients as Daragh explains.

Profile - Amanda Roche-Kelly

Richards speaks to Amanda Roche-Kelly, Managing Director of the online food order & delivery service, Just Eat in Ireland. The company originated in the noughties in Denmark & has since gone on to gain a foothold in 13 countries in Europe & South America.

The Apple Tax Affair

No matter where you were in the world this week you couldn't escape the news that the European Competition Commissioner had concluded an investigation into Apple's tax affairs & ordered the company to pay Ireland 13 Billion Euro. Joining Richard in studio is Dr. Jim Stewart, Assoc Prof of Finance at Trinity College Dublin & Feargal O'Rourke, Managing Partner at PwC.

Saturday 27th August

Spice Bags - Liam Geraghty

Research into fastfood take away trends shows that something called the 'Spice Bag' has recently stolen the title of the most ordered fast food item in Ireland. Liam Geraghty our reporter finds out where the spice bag first occurred.

Profile - Mike Quinn, Bord Na Mona

Richard's next guest, Mike Quinn, just took the reins of Bord na Mona last year, at a time when the semi-state's primary product, peat, is facing extinction in the not too distant future.

Composing for a Living

Next month there is a national celebration of music composed in Ireland over the last hundred of years. In studio with Richard are two composers, Ronan Guilfoyle & Deirdre McKay to talk on the business of composing & is there a living to be made from writing music. The National event called 'Composing the Island' takes place at the NCH from Sept 7th to 25th. (More details at

Orbituary - Peter Barry in Business

Since the sad news was announced yesterday of the death of former Tanaiste & FG Minister Peter Barry, we've heard many tributes to his political skills but he was also a significant figure in the Irish business world of his role in the family business, Barry's Tea. Regina Sexton joins us from our Cork studio.

Rye River Brewing

Richard is joined this morning by two of the founders of Rye River Brewing, which has only been in existence for a little over two & a half years. Rye River is already a significant employer in Celbridge, Co. Kildare & exporting into a dozen countries. Niall Phelan & Alan Wolfe of Rye River Brewing speak to Richard.

Saturday 30th July

Siobhán O'Connell

Siobhán joins us in studio for the monthly look at some of the weeks international stories.

Edinburgh Fringe

Liam Geraghty talks money with this years crop of Irish talent at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Bride Rosney and Gerald Flynn

Hillary Clinton powering through the 'Glass Cliff'.

Catherine Geary

Catherine Geary is a film location manager, where she finds locations for various films and series for filming.

Joe Tynan


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Saturday 16th July

Necessity the mother of Invention - Aoife Barry

They say that necessity is the mother of invention & the story of TV3's Red Rock is no exception. Created in the context of TV3 loosing its most popular soaps following the launch of UTV Ireland, TV3 have come up with a winner & not the 1st business to do so. Aoife Barry of the joins Conor in studio this morning.

Pokeman Go - Liam Geraghty

While our ancestors may have needed to stalk animals to survive, it seems that with the pop culture phenomenon of the week - Pokeman Go - creators at Nintendo have hit upon a novel way of combining our love of smart phones with our hunter-gatherer instincts, although the nutritional value of Pokeman has yet to be properly evaluated.

Summer Camps - Evelyn O'Rourke

From training as a 'real life spy' to perfecting the art of baking the perfect cup cake, children are spoiled for choice for summer camps to enjoy the summer holidays. Our reporter Evelyn O'Rourke has been talking to organisers of summer camps to see how the figures stack up.

Profile - Niall Stringer & Gillian Maxwell - Tiger

Conor is joined by Gilan Maxwell & her husband Niall Stringer, co-founders of Tiger Retail Ireland, which they operate in partnership with the Danish parent group, Zebra. They opened their first outlet in 2012 & now have 26 across the county, with more on the way.

Economist Colm McCarthy

The EU has been going through a tumultous few weeks, but the events in Nice on Thursday night have putmany of the perceived threats of economic uncertainty into stark perspective. Colm McCarthy joins Conor in studio this morning.

Saturday 9th July

Julie O'Neill and Karen Hand - Groupthink

Julie O'Neill, strategic management consultant with 'Join the Dots', and Karen Hand, social psychologist and brand strategist with 'Curley Enterprises' join Conor in studio to talk about the pitfalls of 'groupthink' and the importance of asking the tough questions!

The Right Typeface for your Business

Liam Geraghty explores the world of typography to determine the do's and don'ts of selecting the right typeface for your business!

Geraldine Gibson - AQMetrics

Back in February Geraldine Gibson made her own little bit of history by raising the most seed funding of any Irish start-up ever! She talks to Conor about how she's gone from kitchen table to New York office in such a short space of time.

Nick Webb - Football Transfer Market Economics

Sunday Times Columnist Nick Webb joins Conor in studio to talk about the football transfer market and if the economics therein actually stack up.

Áine Brolly

Áine is the CEO of the Northern Ireland division of Ireland's largest recruitment firm 'CPL' and is the director and founder of 'Ardlinn', a new company started by CPL that caters exclusively to firms looking for C-suite executives. She joins Conor to talk about the present state, and future prospects, of big business on the island of Ireland.

Saturday 2nd July

John Ridding, Chief Exec of the Financial Times &

John Ridding was at the opening of the Bracken exhibition yesterday evening & Richard caught up with him to get his take on the Brexit upheavel.

Brendan Bracken - Liam Geraghty

A major new exhibition about Brendan Bracken opens in the Little Museum of Dublin. While you might not recognise the name, Bracken was an Irishman & close confident of Winston Churchills as well as a successful publisher & businessman, in fact he laid the foundations of The Financial Times as we know it today.

Summer Schools - Evelyn O'Rourke

From the MacGill summer school in Donegal to the newest kid on the block, the 'Road to Marraige Equality Summer School' - it seems that some of us, our idea of heaven is to sign up to an academic summer school where you can discuss history, politics & cultural topics late into the night. Evelyn O'Rourke has been trawling through the summer schools brochures to find out more.

Romero Games - Brenda & John Romero

John Romero & his wife Joan took different paths to the top of their field & are now working together & have set up their new company, Romero Games in the heart of Galway. John is a video game designer & his business partner Brenda has been employed by some of the biggest names in the industry.

Brexit - potential consequences

Britain voting to leave the EU has dominated global headlines, sparking market turmoil & politicial upheaval across the spectrum in Westminister. Richard is joined by Margaret Doyle, Hd of Financial Services Insight for Deloitte UK, Alan Ahearne, Hd of Economics at NUIG & Dan O'Brien, CEO, Instit for Intl & European Affairs.

Saturday 25th June

Team Spirit

The happy focus of our national attention is the success of the Irish team at the Euros in France. Throughout the championships, team spirit within the Irish camp has been commended & celebrated. So whether it is sports, politics or business, what exactly is team spirit. Professor Aidan Moran, UCD School of Psychology speaks to Richard this morning.

Gay Pride Month - Liam Geraghty

In the wake of the Orlando mass shooting, Gay Pride month has taken on a whole new meaning as people from all walks of life want to show support for the LGBT community & that includes businesses. Dublin Pride begins at 1pm today & Liam Geraghty brings us this report.

Tourism - Gerald Lawless

Just over a year ago Richard spoke to Galway man Gerald Lawless, a man at the very top of the international hotels industry. After 23 years with the Forte Hotel Group in the Middle East & Britain, he joined Jumeirah, helping it become one of the world's premier luxury hotel brands. He recently was elected Chair of the World Travel & Tourism Council & joins Richard this morning.


We are all still reeling from the result of Britains vote on Thursday to leave the EU, a moment in history that will shape the future of many generations to come. From studio in London, Laura Noonan, Investment Banking Corr with The Financial Times & Justin Urguhart-Stewart, MD of Seven Investment Management. In studio with the view from home is Julie Sinnamon, Chief Exec, Enterprise Ireland, Padraig White, former MD of the IDA & entrepreneur & Brendan Keenan, economic correspondent with Independent News & Media.

Saturday 18th June

Job Titles - Elaine Burke of Silicon Republic

No matter what your field, if you are coming back into the job market or simply on the hunt for a new challenge, you might find yourself at a complete loss to understand what certain job titles in the 21st Century actually mean...content strategist, a mischief champion, a digit profit!! Richard is joined by Elaine Burke, Man Ed of Silicon Republic.

Live Music - Liam Geraghty

While the record industry continues to try & navigate a profit from the digital world, experiencing live music is at a premium. Liam Geraghty takes a trek through the past, present & future of the music festival.

Sport & Sentiment

How much of the outcome of the Brexit Referendum be impacted by the public's sentiment towards Europe & how much is that sentiment impacted by the various football teams' performances in the Euros? John Considine from the UCC Dept of Economics joins Richard from our Cork studio.

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