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    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.

    Sean Anglim

    Laura Ashley is a company that's well known for its distinctive, romantic, floral prints - both in fashions and home furnishings. These designs have proved very successful for the company, which has been around for just over 60 years. Sean Anglim is a Galway man who plays a pivotal role in the multi-million pound global empire, as both Chief Financial Officer and Joint Chief Operations Officer.

    The ECB Letter

    The wounds of a pivotal moment in Irish history were reopened this week, when the European Central Bank finally decided to publish the correspondence between Jean Claude Trichet (the former director of the ECB), and former finance minister Brian Lenihan. Some say they're proof that Ireland was bullied and treated poorly by the ECB, but is that really the case? And can Ireland make any positive gains from the letters at this late stage? Mark Blyth, Professor of International Political Economy at Brown University and economist Moore McDowell joined us to discuss.

    Saturday 1st November

    A Tribute to Our Friend

    Our colleague, Ed Prendergast, passed away on the 20th of October. He was only 27. Ed worked on this show for the last four years. He was a lovely man, genuine, funny, creative and an extremely hard worker. Here are some of the radio moments he created during his time with us.

    Retro Radio

    One of the greatest innovations of the modern age is the wireless telegraph, more commonly known as the radio. The humble valve radio was a staple in most Irish homes from the 1940s onwards. Classic retro radios have been enjoying something of a resurgence in popularity. Liam Geraghty has been hearing from the small group of passionate collectors and fixers who are giving voice to these old radio sets for a new generation.

    Trailblazers in Technology

    This week Dublin welcomes thousands of modern innovators to the Web Summit, but who were the trailblazers who started it all? Mary Mullvihill, author of the 'Ingenious Dublin', and Elaine Burke of Silicon Republic take a look back at the pioneers who laid the foundations for the modern technology we take for granted, and the great inventions yet to come.

    Caroline Downey

    Caroline Downey is the woman behind Hozier, but her career in the music industry goes back much further than the Wicklow man's rise to fame. She's been a key figure in the scene for the past 30 years as co-owner and director of MCD, a theatre producer, and a prolific charity fundraiser.

    Bono and the IDA

    Bono may be well known at the front man of U2, but this week it emerged that he's also been at the forefront of various IDA campaigns to attract foreign direct investment to Ireland. But is it really appropriate for a rock-star to be our ambassador? And what kind of Ireland is Bono peddling? Barry O Dowd, Senior Vice President of Emerging Business with the IDA and economist Paul Sweeney discuss the relationship between a government agency and a rock’n’roll front man.

    Saturday 25th October

    Failte Ireland

    There was good news this week when The Lonely Planet ranked Ireland in its Top ten places to visit in 2015. Among those celebrating the news, presumably, was Michael Cawley, He stood down as Deputy Chief Executive of Ryanair – where he was Michael O’Leary’s right hand man for seventeen years and among other positions accepted a job from Leo Varadkar as Chairman of Failte Ireland.

    Oisin Kim Co founder of a new way of getting a repeat perscription is in studio to explain how it works to Conor Brophy

    The Return of the Bonus

    Well as you know, bonus’ have been in the news here in Ireland for the past fortnight causing quite a stir for Irish Water. But it seems also across the global market – the bonus is back! One man who has taken many a bonus in his time, but is no longer a fan is writer and Ex London City banker Geraint Anderson

    Primark Expansion

    One of the big retail stories of the week is the plan from Penney’s parent company Primark to expand into the United States they’ve struck a deal with the department store giant Sears to open seven new outlets one of them at The King of Prussia Mall on the outskirts of Philadelphia it ranks as the biggest shopping centre on the American east coast. To assess the importance of the move Conor Brophy is joined by Damian O Reilly lecturer in Retail Management at The Dublin Institute of Technology


    Constantin Gurdiev, Adjunct Lecturer in Finance at Trinity College and Tom Lyons Senior Business Correspondent at The Irish Times, and co-author of two books about the Irish banking crisis went to see The Guarantee, written by Colin Murphy and directed by Ian Power, it tells the story of the night of the banking guarantee

    Saturday 18th October

    The Rise of the Bakeries

    All across the country Bord Bia has noticed a big increase in the numbers of small artisan bakeries cropping up. Our reporter and champion sponger Liam Geraghty was given the sweet job of finding out more.

    John Kavanagh

    Conor McGregor rose from obscurity a couple of years ago to become one of Ireland's best known sports people. He's a stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a lucrative sport that's said to be the fastest growing in the world. With him every step of the way has been his coach and manager John Kavanagh who joins us in studio.

    The Economics of Ebola

    Three months ago Ebola was one of those conditions that we'd all heard of but didn't fear. Now it's a very different scenario. But why no vaccine has been developed for this deadly disease? We're joined by two experts in the field, Darragh O'Loughlin, and Dr Gerard Downes.

    Inside the Central Bank

    The Central Bank is a place that's often mentioned on this programme and elsewhere, but few have seen inside its revolving doors. This weekend as part of the Open House event those doors are being opened to the general public. We took a trip inside with the head of facilities, Peter Shiel.

    The Stock Market Tumble

    This week saw some frenetic activity on the stock market, when shares in the US, Europe and Asia all took a fairly sharp tumble. But what's the cause of all of this commotion and how will it impact on Ireland? We're joined by Cliff Taylor of the Irish Times and Laura Devoy of Goodbody Stockbrokers.

    Saturday 11th October

    Germ Warfare in the Office

    It's that time of year again, when cold and flu warnings are being issued. Thousands of office workers are likely to be effected by some infection or another this winter. Liam Geraghty risked a serious case of man-flu to find out where the bacteria is lurking.

    The tale of TK Whitaker

    TK Whitaker is perhaps the most respected figure in the history of Irish economic development. He was the creator of the 'Economic Development' paper, a pivotal and far-reaching plan which became a landmark in Irish economics. Now 97, he's just had his biography “TK.Whitaker: Portrait of a Patriot” published. The author Anne Chambers joins us.

    The Comer Brothers

    Galway brothers Luke and Brian Comer began their careers as plasterers before becoming property developers in the UK, Germany and now Ireland. Recently they've spent more than €300 million on property here. They join us in studio.

    Examining Estate Agents

    With the property market back with a vengeance, at least in Dublin, are there enough regulations in place to prevent bad practices amongst estate agents? We're joined by Charlie Weston of the Irish Independent and Thomas Lynch, the head of the Property Services Regulatory Authority.

    Saturday 4th October

    Damaging Distraction or Driving Creativity?

    Well if you ever get bored in work, you're not alone. There are so many who feel like that, that's it's become a lucrative market for the likes of Facebook and Buzzfeed. But is boredom bad for business? Is dossing too destructive or can it drive creativity? Mary Collins from the RCSI, institute of leadership and Julia Lyons, director of EazyCity, discuss.

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