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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.

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.

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