The Secrets of the Humble 99
With its vanilla creaminess, fresh crunchy cone and of course the sweet crumbly chocolate topping, the 99 has long been a staple of the Irish Summer. But don't let its simplicity fool you, there's more to the humble cone than meets the eye. Liam Geraghty reports.
In the early hours of the morning, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras announced his Government's plans to hold a referendum on a bailout deal in eight days time. In a televised address, he described the deal on offer as a 'humiliation', and condemned as 'unbearable' the austerity measures demanded by creditors. Suzanne Lynch, European Correspondent with the Irish Times, has the latest from Brussels ahead of this afternoon's scheduled meeting of eurozone finance ministers. Prof. Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics at NUIG, and Paul Sweeney, economist with TASC, compare and contrast how Ireland and Greece have dealt with the Troika.
Fathers in Business
Many interviewees have spoken to us over the years about the influence that their fathers had on their development as entrepreneurs and business leaders. Here are a few examples of some recent ones, featuring the voices of Caroline Keeling, John Boyle, Fiona Dawson, Martina Craine, John Fitzpatrick, and Danuta Gray...
The Legacy of George Boole
This year, University College Cork is celebrating the
bicentenary of George Boole, a mathematical genius who’s often described as the
father of the information age. Emeritus Professor of Maths in UCC, Des McHale, author of 'Boole: A Prelude to the Digital Age', and Ann O’Dea
of Silicon Republic, discuss his legacy. They also talk about Inspirefest, a
packed event next week in Dublin on all things Science, Tech, Engineering and Maths, which
is aimed at getting more women interested in the sector.
The Future of Irish Credit Unions
Many of us can remember the first time they received their
Credit Union Book. It was all about learning
how to save your money so you could take out loans responsibly. Lots of cars, holidays, kitchens and student
fees were only possible because of a crucial credit union loan. In recent times, though, they’ve struggled to remain relevant.
Now, the credit unions want to reclaim their place as vital lenders in the
community. Paul Walsh, CEO of CUNA Mutual, recently
held a conference on the future of Credit Unions in Ireland.
Martin Elbourne's career in the live music business began in
his teens, when he first figured out how to get into to gigs for free by working
the door at Knebworth. At Bristol University he was responsible for opening the
school's venue to public concerts, at 21 he launced the WOMAD festival with
Peter Gabriel, and after introducing The Smiths to Michael Eavis in the mid-80s, he began a 30
year stint as principle booker for the Glastonbury Festival. As well as
founding Brighton's Big Day Out, he has been very active in advocating music
industry cohesion in major cities worldwide. He was in Dublin this weekend
to speak at youbloom, a three-day music event and conference.
In 2009, as MD of Jacob Fruitfield, he moved the manufacture of biscuits off these shores, seemingly bringing the golden age of Ireland's favourite tea accompaniment to an end. But now the man who oversaw that exit, Michael Carey, has announced that he's opening a €15 million plant in Drogheda, giving rise to over 100 jobs. Regina Sexton, Food historian and UCC lecturer, treats us to a little taste of the history of the humble biscuit.
The SiteServ Saga
The worlds of business and politics were centre stage again this week, as Denis O'Brien's Siteserv deal remained a hot topic. O'Brien himself penned a letter to the Irish Times in which he said that he had never experienced such a level of hatred because he had taken a stand to protect the privacy of his banking affairs, and complained about the anger and nastiness which he says has taken over the debate. If there is such an anger and nastiness, does it relate to O'Brien personally, the Government, or is towards a business culture that people believe exists in Ireland in which the already wealthy are given preferential treatment by state-owned institutions? Norman Crowley of Crowley Carbon and Harry McGee, political correspondent for The Irish Times, joined Richard to discuss.
Aer Lingus Takeover Bid
After much to-ing and fro-ing, the Dail voted this week to sell off the State's share in Aer Lingus. The next step in the story is what happens with Ryanair's stake in the airline. A man who is always happy to be pictured wearing a jester's crown, Michael O'Leary, now becomes kingmaker in the deal. Conor McCarthy, CEO of Plane Consult and Chairman of Dublin Aerospace, is very familiar with the mindsets of both of the major players in this drama, Willie Walsh of IAG and Ryanair's O'Leary.
Holidaying with your Work Colleagues
Li Jinyuan, the billionaire chief executive of China's Tiens Group Company, made headlines this week after bringing 6,400 of his staff on an all-expenses-paid trip to France, costing a cool 14 million euro. Would you want to go on holiday with your workmates?
Colm Carey, Director of the Research Institute, isn't so sure it's a good idea, and our reporter, Aura McMemanin, has been asking people on the streets of Dublin whether or not they'd like to go on a company holiday...