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    Saturday 25th July

    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.

    Switching Off

    The always-on-worker has become an increasingly common species in the modern office. But what is never switching off actually doing to our well being and to our productivity? Executive Learning Director of the Irish Management Institute, Fabio Grassi joined Jonathan to tell us why we need to kick these bad habits.

    The Business of Clinical Trials

    It has been a big week in the world of pharmaceuticals, as both a vaccine for malaria and a breakthrough Alzheimer's drug appear to be one step closer to reality. Darragh O’Loughlin, President of the Pharmaceutical Group of the EU, and Dominic Coyle, Deputy Business Editor of the Irish Times joined Jonathan to discuss the business of clinical trials.

    Around the World

    From a row between a popstar and four elderly nuns in LA to the search for alien life in Russia, Siobhan O Connell from Business Plus Magazine joined Jonathan for our monthly look at the business news stories making the headlines around the world.

    Joanna Gardiner, MD of Ovelle Pharmaceutical

    Taking over a family business that's been around since 1934 may be daunting enough but when it involves the constantly evolving and ever more complex and sophisticated skincare industry, that task is even more of a challenge. Joanna Gardiner, MD of Ovelle Pharmaceuticals joined Jonathan in studio to talk branding, being the boss and botanicals!

    Property Developers at the Banking Inquiry

    While An Taoiseach Enda Kenny's testimony at the Banking Inquiry made a lot of the headlines this week, the inquiry also heard from three boom time property developers, Sean Mulryan, Michael O Flynn and Joe O Reilly. Mark Paul, business journalist with The Irish Times took Jonathan through their testimonies.

    Saturday 18th July

    Casting an Eye on the Critics

    This week, Irish Times critic Eileen Battersby, ended up being the centre of attention in writing circles when she wrote a negative review of Paul Murray's latest novel The Mark and The Void. But can critics really impact the bottom line? Reporter Liam Geraghty went to find out.

    The Winning Formula for Kids' Movies

    Last weekend the Irish animation movie Song of the Sea was released here alongside the big hitter Minions. So how does an Irish film compete with that kind of Hollywood muscle and what's the formula for a box office winning kids movie? Justin MacGregor, from the Department of Film Studies in Trinity College Dublin joins Jonathan to talk movies, marketing and money.

    In The Blood

    What do Sonia O Sullivan and Padraig Harrington have in common? Aside from being world class athletes, they've also both been through the hands of Orreco, a company that analyses the blood of athletes to make sure their performance remains tip top. Dr Brian Moore, its managing director and Niall Bruton, commercial director joined Jonathan in studio.


    Two years ago the city of Detroit filed for chapter 9 bankruptcy. The situation at the time looked very very bleak. The man who was appointed emergency manager of Detroit, Kevyn Orr, tells Jonathan about being tasked with bringing Detroit back from the brink.

    Transparency in Business

    Is business culture in Ireland too pally and lacking transparency? Or is it a case that there's a lot more transparency now than what there was back in the 1980s for instance? To discuss this, Jonathan was joined by Padraic White, former Managing Director of the IDA and current chairman of certification Europe, Norman Crowley, owner of Crowley Carbon and John Devitt CEO of Transparency International Ireland.

    Saturday 11th July

    Stags and Hens

    This weekend is one of the most popular for stags and hens to strut their stuff in towns and villages up and down the country. We all know of the places that are favoured by the feathered boas brigade - places like Kilkenny, Carrick-on-Shannon and Temple Bar. But there are new suggestions on the horizons, much to the dismay of locals as Liam Geraghty has been finding out.

    The Working Life of Caddies

    Rory McIlroy was all over the news this week because of his inability to take part in the British open - the first champion not to defend his title since 1953 - all because of a ruptured ligament in his ankle. But what about the men and women behind the golfing stars, the caddies who we see on our TV screens lugging golf bags over greens and whispering advice in the ears of the pros. Two of them - Colin Byrne, a pro tour caddy for Ernie Ellies and Jude O'Reilly a former pro tour caddy joined Conor in studio.

    IOUs Across Europe

    We're all well aware of the enormous debts that the Greeks have on their shoulders - owing 56 billion to Germany, 42 billion to France, 37 billion to Italy and 25 billion to Spain to mention just a few. But such IOUs between European countries are not new. Dr William Mulligan, senior lecturer in History in UCD joined Conor to look at some historic examples.

    Lighting Up The Developing World

    When we think of the ESB it might conjur up memories of that famous ad from the1980s - the Mammy baking bread, switching on the electric blanket and a car driving across hills, or maybe we think of electricity bills! But one element of the ESB that might not be so familiar is its international division. Ollie Brogan the man at the helm of ESB International joined Conor in studio.

    Greek Endgame Again

    In the very early hours of Saturday morning the Greek parliament voted to back a government package of economic reforms aimed at ending the country's debt crisis and securing a new bailout. Conor was joined from Athens by Ruadhan MacCormaic of The Irish Times and by Dr Konstantinos Drakakis, President of the Hellenic Community in Ireland

    Saturday 4th July

    Sound Designer, Alma Kelliher

    Alma Kelliher is a composer and sound designer who works primarily in theatre, including productions by the National Theatre in London and Rough Magic in Ireland. She joined Richard to explain the nature of her work, and gave a demostration of pieces that she developed for Olwen Fouéré's acclaimed performance, 'Riverrun'.

    Mad Cap Designs

    The most enduring examples of good design are both beautiful and functional, things we simply cannot live without. However, there are also quite a few designs that we would quite happily live without, in fact some might say that should never have been invented in the first place. To take us through a few of the strangest and downright useless designs, Richard was joined by Elaine Burke of Silicon Republic.

    Designing Successful Cities

    From parking spaces to playgrounds, design affects every aspect of city living. But are Irish cities well designed? And can good design really transform disgruntled city residents into happy ones? Ali Grehan is Dublin City architect and joined Richard to talk about how crucial good city design can be.

    The History of the Skirt

    In this show all about design, we've decided to take a look at the changing fads and trends of the industry through one simple piece of clothing - the skirt. It has seen many reincarnations, as a result of changing fashion trends and even economic ones. Fashion historian, writer and founder of The Lost Fashion History of Dublin Tours, Ruth Griffin, takes us through the history of the skirt.

    The State of Irish Design

    Does the Kilkenny legacy still have a big impact on Irish Design? As we aspire to be the Silicon Valley of Europe, do we rank with other European countries in terms of design? And what does the future hold for the sector? To discuss the current state of Irish design, Richard was joined by founding director of Front End, Fiona Murphy; Sean McNulty of Dolmen; and Alex Milton of Irish Design 2015.

    Kilkenny Design Workshops

    More than 50 years ago a study into Irish design was commissioned by the then Irish Government, it found that the design sector in Ireland was practically nonexistent and proposed a year of Irish design to help promote home grown creativity… happily in 2015 we finally have that Year of Irish Design, but that 1963 report also recommended the introduction of the Kilkenny Design Workshops - a project aimed at putting Ireland on the map internationally. Many of the international designers and their apprentices have stayed in the Kilkenny area. Reporter Liam Geraghty went to find out more...

    Helen Cody

    Earlier this year, Helen Cody's show stopping haute couture creation was on the cover of every newspaper when Irish soccer star Stephanie Roche wore it to the FIFA awards ceremony, but long before that, the designer had been making a name for herself as the go-to brand for beautiful made-to-measure womenswear.

    Saturday 27th June

    Leadership Lessons from Literature

    If you're in the mood to hit the beach with a good work of fiction now that the sun is finally here, you can still be brushing up on your business and leadership skills. Ella Griffin, advertising copywriter and author of 'The Flower Arrangement', has some recommendations from literature for readers with ambitions to be the next Donald Trump.

    Summer Jobs

    The Leaving Certificate is finally done and dusted for another year, which is a huge relief to thousands of students all over the country. What now for the rest of the summer? Will they be lounging around in hammocks or will they be going out looking for jobs? And if they do, is there any work available? Liam Geraghty has been checking out their prospects.

    Digicel IPO Announcement

    Denis O'Brien is back in the news again. This time it's because it has been announced that his multi-billion dollar company, Digicel, is poised to launch on the New York Stock Exchange. But why now? Mark Paul, business affairs correspondent with the Irish Times, has been looking at the numbers.

    Pat Byrne of CityJet

    Pat Byrne has recently found himself back in the driving seat of a company that he had previously sold to Air France in the early 2000s. He founded CityJet in 1992, with no previous experience in the aviation industry. He was at the helm for almost a decade, witnessing some great times and very tough periods for the airline, before moving on. Now he's back, and he has some very big plans…

    Greek Referendum

    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.

    Saturday 20th June

    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...

    Bill McKiernan

    In 1994 Bill McKiernan left a lucrative career as a Silicon Valley executive to pioneer the business of online payments. 16 years later, his company - Cybersource - was sold to Visa for two billion dollars. He talks about the ups and downs of that journey, and his growing relationship with Ireland, which his grandfather left in 1904.

    Around the World

    Siobhan O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine joined Richard in studio to discuss some of the global business and economic stories of the last week that have flown under the radar, in our monthly 'Around the World' segment, in association with the Intitute of Directors.

    Corporate Events

    As with a lot of sectors, businesses that had been built on providing services for corporate events took a serious hit during the downturn. Now it seems that Irish companies are beginning to spend in that space again. Liam Geraghty met with some of the people at the coalface of this renaissance.

    Vincent Carton on Managing Succession

    Vincent Carton and his brother, Justin, are the eighth generation at the helm of Carton Bros., which operates the well-known Manor Farm Chickens brand. With Father's Day happening this weekend, Richard asked Vincent about the process of taking over the business from his own father, and the plans in place to pass it on to the eight daughters he and his brother have between them.

    IBRC and The Quinn Family

    The Quinn family were back in the papers this week, with news that they have agreed to enter into a process of mediation with the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation relating to liability for loans of over €2bn. Business Editor of the Sunday Business Post, Tom Lyons, joined Richard to discuss the complicated and already costly case.

    Saturday 13th June

    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.

    Mick's Garage

    employs nearly 50 people in his online retail car parts and accessories company. has just won a Gold Medal at the European ECommerce awards earlier this week in Barcelona.

    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.

    Anyone for a Career in Tennis?

    If you’ve ever had a dream of becoming a world chamption in your sport – you will know just how much persistence, hard work and luck is needed. Our reporter Liam Gerraghty took a look at the competitive world of professional tennis to see how hard it is to become the next Federer or Williams sister.

    Martin Elbourne

    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.

    IMF Walking Out of Talks With Greece

    Time is now running out for Greece to agree a cash for reforms deal with its creditors. It wants to stave off a default at the end of the month which could see it dropping out of the euro zone. On Thursday, the International Monetary Fund said its negotiating team in Brussels was heading home to the U.S. without reaching agreement. There were still “major differences” between the IMF and Greece over key issues like pension reform and tax rates. Greeks have withdrawn billions in cash from banks recently and the government is broke, with little to pay the bills. An exit would create huge hardship for a country that imports food, energy and pharmaceuticals. So what will happen next? Konstantinos Drakakis is President of the Hellenic Community in Ireland, and Justin Urquhart-Stewart is Managing Director of Seven Investment Management in London.

    Saturday 6th June

    Biscuit History

    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.

    Changing Careers

    The first week of the Leaving Certificate is done and dusted and for a lot of students the question of what comes next is at the forefront of their minds. Maybe they shouldn't worry too much, though, if they were to pay attention to a couple of recent reports. An article in Forbes suggests that already most people have seven different careers over their lifetime, and that the average person only stays in a job for 4.4 years. But how easy is it to change job, or even industry? Gráinne Walsh, MD of Metalman; funeral director Ian Milne; and Peter O’Connell of Career Development Associates have all done exactly that...

    Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey

    Sheila O'Donnell and John Tuomey have worked together at the centre of Irish architecture as O’Donnell + Tuomey for more than 25 years. Last Spring, they received the Royal Gold Medal, which is the world’s most prestigious award in architecture. This week, they were involved in the showcase of Irish design at the London Festival of Architecture.

    Reviving The Liberties

    The Liberties in Dublin is synonymous with street traders, weekend markets, and the smell of roasting hops wafting up from the Guinness factory, as has been well-documented in song and poetry. Some local businesses in the area say they've been suffering in recent years, and they've come together to attempt to rectify the situation. Liam Geraghty has been finding out more about their plans.

    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.

    Saturday 30th May

    The Business of Festivals

    There are to be dozens of festivals taking place this bank holiday weekend: Bloom, Forbidden Fruit, a bike festival in Kerry, and the Rory Gallagher Festival in Donegal to name but a few... It’s safe to say that festival season is well and truly upon us, but what goes on behind the scenes when pulling such an event together? We asked reporter Liam Geraghty to find out.

    Quitting with a Bang

    This week saw the dramatic exit of Avril Power from Fianna Fail, and she was criticised for resigning publicly rather than informing her boss Michael Martin first. What's the best way to leave your job? Gary Brown, chairman of Target Mc Connells, discusses memorable workplace walk outs, and Aura McMenamin has been finding out if people on the streets of Dublin have ever dreamt about telling their boss to 'take this job and shove it'...

    FIFA Furore

    Sepp Blatter was reelected as President of FIFA yesterday evening, despite numerous calls for his resignation over corruption allegations. Some of the big-name sponsors of the organisation were expressing their concerns. Is that all just tough talk, or will they take action and withdraw their support for the federation?

    Dee Forbes

    The TV world has been going through very significant changes over the last few years, with the emergence of on-line streaming models, like Netflix and Amazon Prime, encroaching heavily on our screen time. Dee Forbes is a Cork woman who is President and Managing Director of Discovery TV Northern Europe, and is responsible for the running of 27 diverse TV channels across that whole region, keeping them one step ahead of the game.

    Around the World

    The Aer Lingus story was making plenty of headlines around the world this, but Siobhan O'Connell joined Richard in studio to discuss some of the other business stories from around the world that might have escaped our attention, in our monthly roundup courtesy of the Institute of Directors.

    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.

    Saturday 16th May

    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...

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