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    Saturday 31st January

    Superbowl Super Ads

    The Superbowl commercial breaks are considered the holy Grail of advertising, with many firms spending millions on just one 30 second slot. With an average viewership of 111 million, some might say they are worth the spend... Nowadays many ads are going viral before the show, and advertisers have had to think more creatively about the spots, working alongside such giants as Facebook and Twitter to show specific ads to a particular audience. Peter O’Dwyer, Creative Director at Havas Worldwide and Kathleen Healy, Digital Strategist with Rothco, sift through the glorious touchdowns and disastrous fumbles...

    Street Artists Going Mainstream

    Grafitti was once considered the past-time of disaffected youth, but now it has become a mainstream and very lucrative art-form, with big hitters making a nice living from their work. Next month, Whytes are holding an auction of work including street art pieces from Banksy and - for the first time - the Irish street artist, Will St Leger. Liam Geraghty went along to find out more about how street art is coming off the street and into the auction room…

    Discrimination in Job Interviews

    Earlier this week The Equality Tribunal awarded €54,000 to a school teacher who was asked for her views on homosexuality during an interview for a job as a school principal. What are the questions which prospective employers simply can’t ask in an interview? Louise Campbell, Managing Director of Robert Walters Recruitment joined Richard in studio.

    Buses & Transport

    The state may be seeking assurances on airline routes to Heathrow, but when it comes to bus routes private companies moving in is on the cards. The National Transport Authority announced yesterday that a number of bus routes in the Dublin area are going up for tender. Is nothing sacred? Senator Sean Barrett, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Economics in TCD discussed the implications with Richard.

    MIchael Lynch

    Michael Lynch was born to Irish parents living in Britain, studied and attained a PhD in the field of mathematics and engineering in Cambridge, and set up the tech company Autonomy which he sold to Hewlett Packard for 11.1 billion euro in 2011. He was susbsequently in the news when just a year later HP wrote down the value of the business by over $8bn, accusing Autonomy of accounting improprieties and misrepresentation prior to the takeover. Two weeks ago, however, the Serious Fraud Office in the UK announced that their investigation hadn’t found anything. An investigation in the US is still ongoing. He has recently raised a billion dollars and founded his own investment venture, Invoke Capital.

    Saturday 24th January

    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...

    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.

    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...

    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?'

    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.

    Saturday 17th January

    Working in the Elements

    As clearing up continues after Storm Rachel wreaked havoc across the country, Liam Geraghty went out to meet the people that brave the elements everyday - hail, rain or snow...

    Workplace Experiments

    This week the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade announced that they were doing their own work experiment -a staff exchange programme with the Irish aviation leasing company Avolon, aimed at improving the skill set of both the public and private sector companies. Do such experiments work and what are their true value? Moira Creedon from the Irish Management Institute weighed up the pros and cons.

    Quantitative Easing

    The term Quantitative Easing was bandied about in the news quite a bit this week. But what does it actually mean? And why is it making the headlines here and further afield? Joining Richard to help put us all at ease about quantitative easing was Brendan Keenan of the Irish Independent.

    Annie Atkins

    Watching Wes Anderson’s nine times Oscar-nominated 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', it’s hard to miss the detailed and visually-striking props and sets. Irish-based, Annie Atkins, was the lead graphic designer on the project, and the innovative talent behind the most eye-catching props on screen.

    Preparing for Business Failure

    Last week, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Pendulum Summit that he felt Ireland was not preparing its young to deal with failure. He described ‘difficulty and failure’ as ‘inevitable companions’. His remarks prompted one woman contact the show... Dr. Orla Byrne specialises in Entrepreneurship in the University of Bath.

    Repossessions on the Rise

    Given what the country has been through, there have been relatively few repossessions to date. Is that about to change? This week FLAC, the free legal advice people, said that recommendations by an expert group will make it easier for house repossessions to take place, but will the banks go down this route? Joining Richard to discuss were Conall Mac Coille, Chief Economist at Davy Stockbrokers, and Ross Maguire of New Beginnings.

    Saturday 10th January

    Morning Gloryville

    The dark days of January are brightening for some hardy workers who are trying to get a spring in their step on these winter mornings... If you feel like shaking off the cobwebs and raving your way into the day, you could go along to Morning Gloryville, like our reporter Liam Geraghty did.

    Telling Lies at Work

    Have you ever told a porker at work? It seems lots of us tell lies quite routinely. People who lie are said to be highly emotionally intelligent; they’re also brainy and have strong social skills. So what do we lie about? Who do we tell lies to? Why do we do it and, more importantly, is lying always wrong? Richard was joined by Social psychologist, Karen Hand to steer us through him lying jungle.

    Felix Abt

    North Korea has been in the news recently, following allegations that the country was involved in hacking into files belonging to Sony Pictures Entertainment. What is life really like in the closed kingdom of Kim Jong-un? We caught up with Felix Abt, who spent several years living and working in that country as a businessman, and has just published a book called 'A Capitalist In North Korea: My 7 Years Living In The Hermit Kingdom' .

    David Drumm

    This week a Massachusetts Judge Frank Bailey delivered a damning ruling relating to the former Anglo Irish Bank Chief David Drumm. The judge found that he was 'not remotely credible', his conduct was 'fraudulent', and his court statements replete with 'outright lies'. He isn't the only person involved in the banking crash who is being sued for money. To look at some of the other names in the mix we were joined by Editor of the Sunday Business Post, Ian Kehoe, and Forensic Accountant with Grant Sugrue, Liam Grant.

    Emmett O'Connell

    Emmet O'Connell is son of Irish emigrants - his father from Sligo, his mother from Cork - and was raised in New York. He was responsible for several stock market launches with oil, gas and minerals companies, including Eglinton Oil and Gas. He was also involved in a shipping business and a Russian Telecoms venture. Most recently he's been involved in the Great Western Mining Corporation. In the past, he has been referred to as 'Ireland's answer to JR Ewing'....

    Saturday 20th December

    The Business Entertainment Special Part 2

    For Part 2 of our Entertainment Special, Andy and Donal played us in with the autobiographical classic 'O'Donoghue's'. The panel was then joined by internationally successful Irish songwriters Ruth-Anne Cunningham and Craig Walker to talk about their business models. Liam Geraghty reported on the blood, sweat and tear of professional ballet dancers, all capped off with a genuinely impromptu version of 'The Christmas Song', beautifully sung by Ruth-Anne, with backing from Donal Lunny, Johnny Taylor and Barry Donohoe. Merry Christmas!

    The Business Entertainment Special Part 1

    To usher Christmas in with a touch of magic, Richard was joined in studio by celebrated film director Jim Sheridan, and traditional music legends Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny, to discuss spending a lifetime in entertainment. For a breath of brisk winter air, Julien Clancy took to the streets to explore the business of busking.

    Saturday 13th December

    The Fine Art of Haggling

    Keeping with the theme of retail, Richard was joined by a man who reveals all about the art of getting a bargain. Colm Carey is a consumer psychologist, director of market research firm The Research Institute, and a champion haggler...

    Sorting the Christmas Post

    We have already heard about the trials and tribulations of shop staff, but there are plenty of other workers for whom Christmas is the busiest time of the year. Earlier this week we took a trip to An Post's Mail Centre in Dublin, where we met the staff who are handling our mountains of seasonal mail.

    The Future of Shopping

    There has been a big pickup in the amount of internet shopping we're doing in recent years, but if this trend continues what impact will it have on our local stores? To discuss whether drones will replace delivery men or whether robots will replace retailers, Sonya Lennon founder of Frockadvisor and Patrick Leddy, founder of Pulsate, joined Richard in studio.

    Retailers and Suppliers

    If our retail assistants are having a tough time, what about the suppliers who are doing their best to get their stock on the shelves? In recent years there have been brussel sprout wars, meat industry disputes, and a stream of stories about the big multiples shafting their suppliers. What's the day-to-day reality like on the ground? Thomas Burke, director of Retail Ireland, and agri-food economist Ciaran Fitzgerald discuss.

    Shop Assistants on the Christmas Frontline

    We're in the middle of the busiest month for retailers. Around the country people are ordering their turkeys, stocking up on presents, and pushing their way through crowds. In the midst of all of that, are the shop assistants. Liam Geraghty has been finding out about the hazards and hassles that they have to suffer on the front line of the battle that is Christmas shopping.

    The Happy Pear Twins

    David and Stephen Flynn from The Happy Pear started out their business ten years ago with a grocer's shop in Greystones. The venture has grown, first with a café and health food shop, then a second one, and then a sprout and wheatgrass farm. They're also partners in a plum and cherry farm. With around 50 employees, they will deliver a multi-million euro turnover this year.

    Saturday 6th December

    Chocolate Crisis

    There have been some suggestions lately that there could be a bitter future in store for chocolate lovers. Two of the big chocolate brands warned that consumer demand for the sweet treat will exceed cocoa supply by 2020. But is this really the case? Caroline Hennessy, Bibliocook food blogger, gives us the inside scoop.

    Rugby World Cup 2023

    It’s official, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland are making a joint bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup, and the Taoiseach tells us he is bullish about our chances. “We’re not just applying,” he says, “We’re applying to win”. Before we scrum down, is it worth asking if all the money that goes into such a venture is well spent, or are we just getting caught up in the excitement of the game? John Considine from UCC's Department of Economics, an All-Star Hurler himself, has mixed feelings.

    Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

    'Wake Up People, We're Being Shafted!' wrote George Monbiot recently in the Guardian newspaper, arguing that the Transatlantic trade talks that have been going on since February are a full frontal assault on democracy, and that the partnership between the US and Europe will grant big business the ability to sue Governments which try to defend their citizens. Should we really be worried about the road ahead? Mark Redmond, CEO of the American Chamber of Commerce, and Tom Healy, driector of the Nevin Economic Research Institute., discuss...

    Keystone Studios

    Next week will see a new beginning for one venture that once burned brightly on the Irish music scene. Keystone studio, based in the centre of Dublin, had a great record in music production. The likes of Sting, The Chieftains and Def Leppard all recorded there, but with music studios becoming much smaller and more mobile there's less need for big spaces such as the one Keystone occupied. Liam Geraghty met one of the founders of the studio, to wind back the reel-to-reel, and find out some stories from its legendary past….

    Glenn Gannon

    The issue of homelessness was brought into sharp focus this week,when Jonathan Corrie – a man who had slept rough for 22 years – was found dead just yards from the gates of Leinster House, provoking public outrage. Glenn Gannon is a former business man who was himself homeless for three years, and now works as an ambassador for the Simon Community. He is also an actor and director.

    Saturday 29th November

    The Foremost Business Figures in Fiction

    Earlier this week the great and the good of Irish literature were in attendance at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards, which got us thinking - how do business people, executives and the like fare when it's their turn on the page... Arts journalist and presenter of the Book Show, Sinead Gleeson, And Co-Founder of the Tramp Press, Lisa Coen joined us to discuss...

    Andrew Craig, Deep Sea Explorer

    Andrew Craig has gone to greater depths in search of his fortune than any other Irish person. He's Senior Project Manager with Odyssey Marine Exploration, a world leader in deep ocean exploration, and regularly recovers enormous hauls of silver and other treasures from shipwrecks all over the world.

    Corporate Gifts

    You know it’s officially Christmas when the Late Late Toy Show is in the rear view mirror. But what about the corporate gifts market? Will the pick up in the economy lead to an opening of purse strings from companies for their clients and staff? Our reporter, Liam Geraghty, has been finding out more…

    John Moran

    John Moran became Secretary General of the Department of Finance at one of the most difficult periods in the history of the State. From a farming family in Limerick, John's background was in law first and finance second. He took up the DoF position in 2012, when Ireland stood right on the edge of fiscal ruin, forced to implement budget after budget of brutal spending cuts and tax hikes, all overseen by the Troika. After two years in the post, he left it at the end of the summer.

    Saturday 22nd November

    Joe Schmidt's Leadership Style

    we'll all have our fingers crossed for Ireland taking on Australia in the Aviva Stadium. The man with his fingers crossed the most I'm sure will be Joe Schmidt. And maybe my next guest rugby legend Frankie Sheehan. Frankie has been studying Joe Schmidt's leadership tactics and how they can be applied to the workplace.

    The Intel Trinity

    Intel has been a big employer here in Ireland for a quarter of a century. Michael S. Malone has just published 'The Intel Trinity' a book all about the colourful past of the corporation and its founders - Robert Noyce, the son of a preacher; Gordon Moore, whose father was a county sherriff; and Andy Grove, a Hungarian refugee.


    This week Snapchat, the social media messaging service favoured by 15 - 25 year olds, launched Snapcash, a new payment service that allows users to transfer money between friends via text message. Felicity McCarthy of Spark Digital and Ian Cleary, CEO of Razor Social, discuss the many innovations looking to replace our wallets.

    Ireland's Own

    One of Ireland's longest running magazines, Ireland's Own has been going strong since 1902. Based in Wexford, each week 40,000 people pick up the publication. Our reporter Liam Geraghty went behind the scenes to find out about the secrets to its survival.

    John Ryan

    John Ryan is a man who played a colourful role in Ireland's media landscape back in the nineties and noughties. He was an editor of Magill magazine, and a founder of VIP magazine and New York Dog. He was also a regular on our TV screens, including a stint as Johnny Hansom in 'This Is Nightlive'. Four years ago, he moved into the digital realm with

    Saturday 15th November

    How to Argue Well

    You couldn't have turned on the radio this week without hearing about an argument of some sort: Mary Lou McDonald was arguing in the Dail, Roy Keane was getting caught up in an argy bargy, and we even had a love hate star tell us that bare knuckle boxing is a great way to settle a debate. But what is the best way to argue in the workplace? Should fists bang tables, or are there better ways of resolving rows? Richard was joined by MaryLou O Kennedy, Director of Oak Conflict Dynamics, and Meave Hurley, founder of Ag Eisteacht, which provides training in conflict management.

    Sniffer Dogs

    Barney the springer spaniel added another €60,000 to his cash haul for Revenue recently. He's been so vital in retrieving cash for the exchequer that he's even been the recipient of a Golden Paw Hero Dog Award. He was taken a well deserved break this week, so we caught up with two of his colleagues and their handlers, to find out how they go about sniffing out cash.

    Hip Hop Fortunes

    Recently New York rapper Jay-Z made headlines when he took a controlling share in the champagne brand Armand de Brignac. Of course, it's not his first investment. Like lots of other hip hop artists, he's ploughed his money into numerous ventures. Taking a look at these investments - from perfumes to car rim companies - are James Byrne, a lecturer on the music industry at BIMM, and Stewart Clarke, deputy editor of Hot Press.

    Mortgage Regulation

    New Central Bank guidelines propose that most people buying a house will need a 20% deposit before the banks should issue a mortgage. Discussion about this has been gaining pace. Frank Barry, economist at Trinity's School of Business, and Frances Ruane, director of the ESRI, discuss.

    Stephen Vernon

    Bristol born, Stephen Vernon is best known for his development of the Blanchardstown centre. But his background in property development goes way back. A trained chartered surveyor, he turned Green Property from a 24 million euro valued real estate company into a one billion euro plus company. He took it private in 2004 and eventually managed to buy out the banks that had backed him. During the recession he's been working for the banks here to turn around some of their distressed property loans and in the last year alone his companies have spent a billion euro on property.

    Saturday 8th November

    Letters of Note

    Jean-Claude Trichet may have been responsible for this week's most maligned missive, but down through history lots of letters of note have been delivered across the globe. Michael Kennedy, Historian with the Royal Irish Academy, and Sinead Gleeson, Presenter of RTÉ Radio One’s “The Book Show”, take a look behind the envelopes of some of the well known ones from the world of business and economics.

    The Business of Saving Water

    Between protests and government back-pedalling, the issue of water charges has been hard to ignore of late. But for some business people, the inevitability of paying for our H2O is a path to potential profit. Liam Geraghty dipped his toe in and brought us back this report…

    Shift Work

    If you fancy ageing your brain - not that anyone does - you should start doing some shift work. That's according to a new study published this week, based on 17 years of research. But is your brain the only part of you that's likely to suffer? Dr. Sheelagh O’Brien of Corporate Health Ireland gives an overview.

    Target Marketing

    It’s that time of year when the gaps between television programmes start to take on a very specific seasonal feel. The now traditional “John Lewis Christmas Tearjerker” debuted this week, and there'll be lots of other Yuletide-themed adverts hot on its heels. But how do brands ensure that their message is getting to the right customer? Karen Hand, social psychologist and a brand consultant with Curly Enterprises, gives some insight.

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