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    Saturday 6th February

    Fiscal Space - Liam Geraghty

    With the election date recently announced, already we have a strong contender for the most overused jargo - Fiscal Space! Not one to shy away from boldly going where no man has gone before, reporter Liam Geraghty is on board a rocket outside the Radio Centre about to blast off into space of the Fiscal variety......

    Back from the Brink

    Sunday Independent columnist Nick Webb joins Conor this morning to talk about big name brands that once found themselves desperately in need of a miracle but are now flying high again.

    Profile - Russ Hall

    Conor's first guest grew up in Stepney, East London & is a thoroughbred taxi driver. But in 2009, Russ Hall & two of his fellow cabbies decided to put themselves behind the wheel of a business we know as Hailo, an app which enables users to summon a cab with two taps! Available in Irish & British cities & soon in Spain & Japan.

    Saturday 30th January

    Business stories around the world

    Joining Richard in studio is Siobhan O'Connell, Marketing Director of Business Plus Magazine with a round-up of bussiness stories that may have flown under your radar!

    Handwriting - Liam Geraghty

    Handwriting is a skill that takes years to acquire & hone but now it seems that the practice of cursive handwriting could be dying out, in fact schools in Finland are phasing-out cursive handwriting classes altogether. Liam Geraghty talks to the people whose professions & businesses depend on the pen!

    Peak Stuff

    In a world fascinated by the Life Changing Magic of Tidying, perhaps our urge to acquire is finally waning? In studio we have Strategic Planner & Social Psychologist Karen Hand & Colm Carey of The Research Centre.

    Niamh Bushnell - venture capital funding

    However difficult it may be to raise Venture Capital Funding for a start-up company, the challenges are only exacerbated when you're a woman. Joining RIchard in studio is Niamh Bushnell, Dublin Commissioner for Start-ups.

    McGinn sisters - Profile

    Jennie, Sara & Grace McGinn are three sisters from Naas in Co. Kildare who started a fashion blog called 'What Will I Wear Today?' They join Richard this morning to talk about their online shopping portal,, which was recently named as one of the top 5 fashion apps by Harpers Bazaar Magazine.

    Saturday 23rd January

    Doughnuts - Liam Geraghty

    Every now & then something new in food starts trending. From milkshakes to burritos, there is always someone looking to put a new twist on a classic. Lately in Ireland the classic, high calorific doughnut seems to be in the midst of a mini-rennaissance. Liam Geraghty explores the doughnut industrial complex!

    Shared Work Spaces

    A modern twist on office space - a coworking, progressive work environment dedicated to freelancing designers, developers, webdesigners, programmers and more. A place to develop ideas & co-create, yet still stay independent. Evelyn O'Rourke reports.

    Subscription Businesses

    The key to success with internet-based companies is down to getting the business model right. With many building a customer-base first & figuring out how to make money later. Elaine Burke, Managing Editor of Silicon Republic joins Richard in studio.

    Ray Nolan Profile

    Ray Nolan started his career when he founded Raven Computing in 1990 & since then he has been building & selling companies like Coretime & Web Reservations International, the parent company of Hostelworld. Ray joins Richard this morning.

    Banking Inquiry

    Both the Central Bank & the Financial Regulator are found wanting by the report, which concludes that despite both having powers to intervene in the banking sector, neither institution did so decisively. Joining Richard in studio is Jack Horgan Jones, Business Correspondent with the Sunday Business Post.

    Saturday 16th January

    Business emails

    By the end of 2017 business email will account for over 132 billion emails sent and received per day but with apps like Slack - the fastest growing business app ever - transforming communication for teams across industries and disciplines is it time to put email in the junk folder? Liam Geraghty reports

    The Business of Bowie

    Stuart Clark of Hot Press and Mark Kennedy, Managing Partner at Mazars Ireland, an accounting and professional services consultancy, take a look at an aspect of the man that was, perhaps, overlooked during his time with us... namely, the degree to which he was also a shrewd, visionary, and innovative business operator.

    Tropical Popical Nails

    Andrea and Michelle Horan, sisters and founders of Tropical Popical Nails, the nail bar beloved of Saoirse Ronan who was nominated for an Oscar this week, speak of how they developed their idea of having a nail bar where having your nails done is a social occasion rather than a chore and their plans to expand the brand

    How to Get a Pay Rise in 2016

    Louise Campbell of Robert Walters Recruitment is in studio with her top tips and suggestions of what to say and what not to say if you are targeting a pay rise in 2016

    James Murphy, Founder and CEO of Lifes2Good

    James Murphy founded Lifes2Good in 1997, and since then has been selling a wide variety of Health and Beauty products through infomercials, direct marketing and other retail channels, usually with some degree of celebrity endorsement involved. He joins Richard in studio to tell us all about finding success at the fringes.

    Saturday 9th January

    Liam Geraghty going to The Pictures

    The Irish love affair with the cinema looks set to reach new heights next week with Irish productions tipped for Oscar glory next Thursday. The Irish audiences have outstripped their international counterparts in their enthusiasm for going to the cinema. Liam Geraghty went out to speak to some of these audiences.

    Healthy Food Companies

    While health & fitness fads come & go, the explosion in the health food sector looks set to stick around, with global sales estimated to reach one trillion dollars by 2017! Evelyn O'Rourke brings us this report on how significant is this part of the food industry now?

    High Frequency Trading

    The buying & selling stocks using computers with highly complex algorithms is a controversial one. It is the speed of the transactions that causes for market watchers, incredibly stocks are now only held by any one buyer for an average of 22 seconds before being sold on. Maureen O'Hara of the American Finance Association speaks to Richard.

    Chinese Stock Market

    After decades of unprecendented growth, China's economy looks like it is entering a new phase & world markets cannot decide whether its in for a hard or soft landing. Joining Richard from London is Justin Urquhart Stewart, MD of Seven Investment Management.

    James Hickey - Irish Film Board

    Strong showings for Room & Brooklyn so far mean that we can be realistically confident of some recognition in this year's Academy Awards. Richard is joined by James Hickey, CEO of the Irish Film Board, whose had a guiding hand in the productions over the last year.

    Saturday 2nd January

    Nick Webb on businesses & the year ahead

    Joining Richard in studio is Business columnist for the Sunday Independent, Nick Webb to take a look at the finance stories likely to grab our attention in 2016.

    2016 Consumer Shopping

    Liam Geraghty brings us this report from Scotch Hall in Drogheda, to gauge consumer sentiment among sales shoppers there in the New Year.

    Tech Mums - Dr Sue Black, OBE

    Richard's next guest is an English woman who found herself on the Queen's New Year's honours list earlier this week. Richard spoke to Dr. Sue Black before Christmas when she was in Ireland in her capacity as the founder of Tech Mums, an initiative designed to introduce mothers of all ages to programming & the internet.

    Election Campaigns

    With a General Election on the horizon here in Ireland, just how important is money when your're on the campaign trail & can it be the difference between victory & defeat? Richard is joined in studio by Mary Minihan of the Irish Times political staff & Richard Moore, MD of PR company M-Comm Communications.

    Centenary of 1916 Easter Rising

    This year sees the unveiling of a hugely ambitious & exciting programme of events to commemorate 1916. Evelyn O'Rourke has been taking a look at the facts & figures involved in the centenary events.

    David Walsh Profile

    Netwatch was established in Carlow in 2003 by Richard's guest David Walsh, after a friend was assaulted while responding to a burglar alarm going off at a commercial premises.

    Saturday 19th December

    New Dublin Voices Choir

    Richard joins Bernie Sherlock, founder & conductor of the New Dublin Voices Choir, who have won lots of international awards & this year celebrated their 10th Anniversary. The New Dublin Voices perform The Holly & The Ivy for us this morning.

    The North Pole

    Well one man who dosen't ever have to darken the door of a crowded toy shop is Santa Claus himself. His workshop is the envy of corporations across the globe for its incredible efficiency & happy workforce. We sent Liam Geraghty to the North Pole to visit one of the most magical workplaces on earth!

    Real & Virtual Retail

    When it comes to laying your hands on exactly what you need, the local shop is truly king, though there have been challenges for towns around the country. Perhaps now we are coming into an age were real & virtual retail can meaningfully co-exist. Oonagh O'Hagan of Retail Excellence Ireland & Damian O'Reilly, lecturer in Retail Management, DIT.

    Local Business Owners & Recent Flooding

    Retail Excellence Ireland is reporting that this Christmas will see trade up by 3 to 5 percent on last year. But it certainly hasn't been easy for many shops & businesses across the country hit badly by recent floods.

    Gina London on Trump

    In studio with Richard this morning is Gina London, a Veteran CNN correspondent & Communications Consultant. Gina talks to Richard about Donald Trump, a man who every week brings a new PR disaster, a new group of viciously offended people but continues with little regard to any ramifications.

    Michael Dawson Profile

    Michael Dawson is the founder & CEO of One4All Vouchers, a company that he co-owns with An Post & of course Christmas is very much his time to shine.

    Saturday 12th December

    The Economy of Star Wars

    Film fans all over the world will be powering up their lightsabres & pod-racers as the much anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in cinemas next week. Joining Richard is Professor Zachary Feinstein, School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St Louis.

    Influencer Marketing

    Good Word of Mouth has always been a powerful commodity, but in the digital world, savvy brands now have a platform to spread the positive vibes & measure the impact this positivity is having on their bottom lines. Joining Richard are Laurent Muzellec, Assoc Prof Marketing at TCD & Claire Hyland of Youth Lab of communications agency, ThinkHouse.


    The word 'Insolvency' is one that sends shivers down the spine of any business owner & since 2008, many have had to become all too familiar with it. Neil Hughes is managing partner with Hughes Blake Chartered Accountants & he joins Richard in studio this morning.

    Mobile Beauty

    The beauty industry continues to flourish & generate billions in dollars, the sector will reach 460billon dollars by 2018, so clearly this is big business. Evelyn O'Rourke has been taking a look at how people working on the frontline are getting on.

    Annrai O'Toole - profile

    In 1991 Annrai O'Toole & a number of his fellow computer scientists at Trinity College took tentative steps out of academia & into the world of business. Setting up a softare company called Iona Technologies. Annrai moved from Iona & set up Cape Clear which has since been bought by Workday, which he is now Chief Technological Officer.

    Saturday 5th December

    Xmas Company Love

    For tis the season of goodwill & generosity & with a profitable year in the bage & revenues on the up & up, now is the perfect time for successful businesses to express their love for hardworking staff by splashing the cash! Elaine Burke of Silicon Republic joins Richard in studio.

    Migrants - EU Social Insurance issue

    Richard is joined by documentary make Frank Shouldice & Prof James Wickham from the independent research organisation TASC, to discuss the EU ideal of free movement of workers being under pressure & problems arising for employees who move through more than one country.

    Networking - Liam Geraghty

    For many, the word 'networking' sends a shiver down the spine, launching yourself into a gathering of strangers, getting to know them quickly as you can while subtly up-selling yourself can be intimidating. Reporter Liam Geraghty armed with a stack of business cards went on a mission to network & to look at the different ways Irish men & women network.

    Stefan Hunt of UK Financial Conduct Authority

    In the UK concern with the way financial institutions communicate with their customers has led to the setting up of a Financial Conduct Authority, to ensure regulations are in place to safeguard the interests of consumers. Stefan Hunt, Hd of the Behavioural Economics & Data Science Unit joins Richard this morning.

    Done Deal - Fred & Geraldine Karlsson

    Richard's first guests are a married couple who saw a business opportunity when they moved back from Sweden, where they were living for a number of years. Fred & Geraldine Karlsson spotted a gap in the market & created in 2005 - the game changing site for classified ads & secondhand online selling in Ireland.

    Saturday 28th November

    Business around the World

    Joining Richard in studio with a roundup of business stories from across the globe, that may have flown under your radar is Siobhan O'Connell, Marketing Director of Business Plus Magazine.

    Graduates from the Innovation Academy UCD

    A new batch of bright sparks graduated from the Innovation Academy at UCD this week. Now in its 5th year, the academy offer students of all disciplines, a learning space unlike any they have worked in before. Our very own innovator Liam Geraghty took a visit to the academy to learn how they do things differently & spoke to some of the gradutates.

    Choice Anxiety

    We might think having a lot of options is a luxury of modern living, something we should embrace. But the rise & rise of limited range discounters like Aldi & Lidl tapping into part of our psyche that wants other people to make decisions for us? In studio with Richard is Karen Hand, Strategic Planner & Social Psychologist.

    Grinds Industry - Report by Evelyn O'Rourke

    Every year around 55,000 students sit the Leaving Cert Exams & it has spawned a whole industry of grinds, extra revisions & numerous text books which can all add up to a whole pile of money! Our reporter Evelyn O'Rourke met up with some of the teachers & parents who are knee deep in the grinds industry.

    Stephen McIntyre, MD of Twitter Ireland

    Richard's first guest is Stephen McIntyre who has been heading up Twitter's sales operations in Europe, the Middle East & Africa since they first established their offices back in Dublin on 2012. Stephen has led Twitter Ireland to being the company's largest international operation, with over 250 employees in this country alone.

    Saturday 21st November

    Where is the Money in Music?

    The music industry has certainly changed a lot since 1983 but what has changed is where the real money is made, as digital technology, downloads & streaming have all impacted on the bands & record labels. Music Correspondent of the Irish Times, Jim Carroll joins Richard in studio.

    Derry Court Cleaning Specialists

    Richard speaks to Ann O'Hanlon, founder & Manager Director of Derry Court Cleaning Specialists. Her daughter Avril McCarthy is the General Manager & they currently employ a cleaning staff of over 1300 people throughout the country.

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