Lords of Strut
Canada's world-famous Cirque du Soleil cashed in its chips this week, selling a majority stake to US and Chinese private investors, valuing the firm at $1.5bn.
So, there’s yet another good reason to run away and join the circus...
Cormac and Cian of circus act The Lords of Strut - who also run The Circus Factory in Cork - joined Richard in studio to talk about big top business.
Our Vinyl Offer
Staying with the music theme, it seems that vinyl is enjoying something of a renaissance… This week, for the first time, vinyl-only singles and albums charts for the UK made an appearance. Richard brought vinyl junkie and Deputy Editor of Hot Press, Stuart Clarke, into studio to get an appraisal of his mint condition, original pressing, 12-inch of New Order's 'Blue Monday'.
Fee Paying Schools
Fee-paying schools were back in the news this week, after Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan revealed that she has been lobbied to remove a proposed cap on the enrolment of children of past pupils in the new School Admissions Bill. At a time when lots of couples are struggling to pay mortgages, taxes and various other day-to-day living expenses, why do some parents still choose to fork out, when the school around the corner can arguably provide an education every bit as good?
Dympna Devine, Head of UCD's School of Education, and entrepreneur John Teeling, joined Richard in studio to discuss.
Following on from the interview with Guy Standing, Richard was joined in studio by Gerald Flynn, employment specialist with Align Management Solutions, and journalist and commentator, Eamon Delaney, to discuss the new world order of insecure employment, zero benefits, and short-term contracts...
An Irish-American Advertising Odyssey
Anyone who watches the TV show Mad Men - which returns this week for its final series - will be familiar with its atmosphere of liquor-soaked offices, clouds of cigarette smoke, sharp suits, and blatant sexism. Prof. Colum Kenny of DCU takes a trip back to some decades from the 1960s to the advertising world of the early 1900s, when Irish-American, James O'Shaughnessy, ruled the roost. Colum has just published 'An Irish-American Odyssey' about James and his family.
Managing the Office Ogre
In a much-publicised announcement this week, the BBC announced that they “would not be renewing” Jeremy Clarkson’s contract, after an investigation concluded that he had physically and verbally assaulted a co-worker, Irishman Oisín Tymon.
The whole episode raised quite a few questions about the management of difficult staff, particularly when they’re one of your star performers.
At what point do you have to kill the goose that lays the golden egg?
To kick this hornet’s nest, Julie O’Neill, Management Consultant with ‘Join the Dots’, and Paul Mooney of Tandem Consulting, joined Richard in studio.
Construction in Focus
Earlier this week, Finance Minister Michael Noonan stated that he believed Irish developers are not using the correct funding models to get projects off the ground, and that those who don’t embrace the new model will get left behind.
Is this a sign that the Minister is frustrated by the lack of activity in the construction sector?
Paddy Kelly, Managing Director of Tegral, and Conor Skeehan, Chairman of the Housing Agency, discuss.
Niall Fitzgerald, born in Sligo and raised in Limerick, has had a varied and colourful career in global business. During his 37 years with one of the world’s biggest companies, Unilever, he became their youngest ever Chairman and Chief Executive. He has also chaired and been on the board of too many organisations to mention, including the World Economic Forum, the British Museum, and Nelson Mandela's Legacy Trust.