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Saturday 21st January

Around the World - Siobhan O'Connell

Siobhan O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine & joins Richard in studio this morning for our monthly look at some of the week's international stories that might have escaped your attention.

Dublin's Chinatown - Liam Geraghty

Well the Chinese New Year celebrations begin this day next week & festivities will be taking place in homes up & down the country. Ireland’s vibrant Chinese community is growing in size & many people in Dublin are asking, is it time now to make the city’s so-called Chinatown district official? Liam Geraghty gauged the mood on Parnell Street East.

Robots - Evelyn O'Rourke

Last week the seemingly unstoppable rise of robots in our everyday lives even reached the European Parliament, with warnings that urgent EU rules such as 'kill switches' for them must be discussed. Members of the EU were told that Europe is passively standing by as robots take an increasingly powerful role that will grow even stronger with developments like driverless cars & that the consequences must be tackled. Our reporter Evelyn O'Rourke has been taking a look at the issue.


In the months since the British voted in favour of leaving the EU & the United States voted in favour of a President Trump, one word has been on the lips of every international economic commentator has been 'uncertainty'. To survey this internaional state of play Richard is joined by Paul Sweeney, Former Chief Economist with ICTU & on the line from Washington, Donal Donovan, former Dep Dir of IFA, who has also served with our own Fiscal Advisory Council.

Profile - Niall McGarry

Richard's first guest is a man from Castlebar, Co. Mayo who has embraced the new media revolution, building an 'online content' empire that is now expanding across the Irish Sea. Niall McGarry established in 2010 with a vision of capturing a very specific demographic, one that advertisers hold close to their heart, the young adult male.

Saturday 14th January

Bullet Journaling - Aoife Barry

Last week we were talking about New Year, New You & the importence of getting on top of your email habit & not letting it control you. Continuing on that theme, Aoife Barry of is here to tell us about the old fashioned pen & paper way of imposing organisation on even the most scattered of lives with Bujo, or bullet journaling.

Bear Grylls Survival Academy - Liam Geraghty

Getting on well with work colleagues is a nobel goal but not always a given, what if there was some way to get out into the wilderness, connect with nature & maybe even re-connect with workmates through a shared experience of relative hardship! Liam Geraghty took to the wilds of Cavan to take part in the Bear Grylls Survival Academy, with a group of very brave co-workers.

Cashless Society

Cash is King but in the 21st century Ireland, is that all coming to an end? In studio with Richard are Frank Conway, founder of & Shane Doyle, Group Strategic Director with Core Media, to discuss is the idea of a cashless society is a concept that Ireland is honestly ready to embrace.

World of Theatre & Arts

Having carved a career for herself in the world of theatre & the arts, Jen Coppinger is now looking at ways of making it a more sustainable career move for those who dedicate themselves to it. Jen is one of Ireland's most renowned theatre producers working with the likes of Rough Magic, the Galway International Arts Festival as well as her own company, Hot for Theatre.

Profile - Brian Lee

Richard's guest is Brian Lee, a Dubliner who met his future business partner, Andy Chen while working as a teenager in his local Spar Shop. Sixteen years on, Andy & Brian have just overseen the opening of the 19th outlet of their healty food business, Chopped.

Saturday 7th January

Let's Dance

Ireland is about to be hit by a ballroom dancing explosion, as tomorrow evening our very own version of Dancing with the Stars kicks off on RTE 1 TV. To get in the mood, our reporter Liam Geraghty dusted off his tap shoes & met business owners already bringing dance to the masses.

Productivity 2017

Well the start of a new year is time for reflection & self-evaluation, no matter what level you are at, there is always room for improvement when it comes to productivity whether being a more emotionally intelligent boss or a more engaged & efficient manager of one's own time. In studio with Richard are Fiona Flynn, Dir of Foresight Corporate Development & Dr Yseult Freeney, lecturer in Organisational Psychology in DCU.

Car Industry - Evelyn O'Rourke

The motor industry more than any other industry was ravaged by the effects of the recession but with the economy now in recovery, Evelyn O'Rourke takes a look at how that industry stood the test of time & what predictions of car sales for 2017?

Exchequer Figures

Headlines on the economics front for 2017 seem to be getting off to a positive start, with Exchequer Returns for Ireland released this week showing the highest tax take on record. Colm McCarthy, Economist at UCD is in studio with Richard this morning.

Niamh Bushnell

Richard's guest is an Irish entrepreneur who co-founded her first successful company - a mystery shopper market research firm called Pan Research back in 1996. She moved to New York in 1998 to work with Enterprise Ireland before returning to Ireland to take up the new position of Dublin Commissioner for Start-Ups. Niamh Bushnell will be stepping down from that role in March & she tells us about the experience & her plans for the future.

Saturday 17th December

New Dublin Voices Choir

The New Dublin Voices Choir has a full squad of 30, 16 will be singing for us this morning, celebrated it 10th anniversary last year. Founder & Director of the New Dublin Voices Choir is Bernie Sherlock & they join Richard in Studio 8 for a performance or two. They have just launched a crowd-funding campaign for a new CD that they are going to be recording in the next couple of months featuring Christmas songs arranged by Irish talent.

Business around the World

Its time for our montly round-up of Business Stories from Around the World with a festive theme, joining Richard in studio is Siobhan O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine.

Border Retail

Well the business story of the second half of 2016 was of course, Brexit. The full extent of the ramifications of vote is still hard to comprehend but one direct consequence has been the weakening of the sterling against the euro. The weak sterling is making Christmas 2016 a tougher prospect for businesses this side of the border. Richard travelled from Donegal along the border to Monaghan town.

Recommended Business Reads

If there is somebody in your life that's difficult to buy presents for there is always the option of buying a book. But the right choice of book can tell the person you are buying for that you've put some thought into who they are & what they value. In studio with Richard is Elaine Burke, Man Ed of Silicone Republic & Killian Woods, journalist with Fora, the's business website.

Profile - Magee Donegal Tweed

Richard went on a bit of a road trip to Donegal Town to visit a business stalwart of that community, Magee has been the centre of weaving in Donegal since its inception in 1866 & is celebrating 150 years this year. Now in its fifth generation ownership. Richard met up with Lynn Temple, who like his father before him, is MD of Magee & his children Charlotte & Patrick.

Saturday 10th December

Scents & Sensibility - Liam Geraghty

Whether we like it or not, it's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas from the scent of a fresh pine tree to a glass of cinnamon-spiced mulled wine. The festive season is an assault on all five of our senses but especially smell. Liam Geraghty brings us this report.

Billy Kane - Finance Ireland

Richard's next guest has been involved in the Irish finance industry since the early 80s, when he made a leap from selling photocopiers to becoming a director of the trailblazind Woodchester Leasing, before joining Irish Permanent. In the early 2000s he went out on his own & having weathered the storm fo the downturn, his company, Finance Ireland is going strong.

Charitable Corporate Gifts

Now, back in the day, companies used to wrap a bow around a bottle of whiskey for clients with staff scribbling signatures on a card, but nowadays, charities work with organisations to help them become a little more imaginative in their corporate Christmas gifting approach. Evelyn O'Rourke reports.

The Imposter Complex - a very real affliction

There's no shortage of people out there who feel that their talents aren't being appreciate at work, that they're being overlooked for promotions they feel they deserve. But what about people who feel exactly the opposite? Who think they never have been given the repsonsibilities they have & its only a matter of time before they are found out. Ian McClean, founder of the Flow Grp joins Richard to talk about a very real affliction, the imposter complex.

Pamela Quinn - Kuehne + Nagel

Pamela Quinn is MD of Kuehne & Nagel in Ireland, a company you may not have heard of but probably touched your life even if you don't realise it. The parent group is one of the world's largest logistics companies, with clients like Apple, Microsoft & Ornua, The Irish Dairy Board and revenues last year of a staggering 19 billion euro. Just last month, Pamela was named as Image Magazine's overall Irish Businesswoman of the Year.

Saturday 3rd December

Hidden Historic Country Houses - Liam Geraghty

Just in time for the 30th Anniversary of Hidden Ireland, the group that represents a collection of historic country houses where visitors can stay and dine. The owners of these private houses had to come up with alternate ways to keep them ticking over. Liam Geraghty reports.

Suits you Sir - Eddie Shanahan & Paul O'Connor

Well with Harrods reporting a drop in formal suit sales of 50 per cent & the artistic director of Zegna, the appropriately named Alessandro Sartori launching a campaign to 'Save the Suit', the future seems ominous for the dapper Dans among us. Richard is joined in studio by Eddie Shanahan, Chair of the council of Irish Fashion designers & Paul O'Connor, buying director of Brown Thomas.

Guaranteed Irish - Bríd O'Connell

Ireland is not a nation that is short on symbols, whether a shamrock, a Celtic Harp or a Shillelagh, there are many images that can very clearly & immediately let you know something Irish is afoot. There is another symbol out to make sure we're fighting the good fight & keeping jobs at home, the unmistakeable G & I that guarantee you are buying Irish. Bríd O'Connell, CEO of Guaranteed Irish joins Richard this morning.

Fiscal Space

In the lead up to Budget 2017, a new phrase - 'Fiscal Space' became part of the Irish vocabulary, particularly among all the politicians that wanted to let us know that, once again, we have money to spend. Earlier this week John McHale, Chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Council was using the phrase himself, only this time to let us know that there wasn't any money left. Brenan Keenan, Columnist with the Indep Group joins Richard in studio this morning.

Cancer Trials Ireland

With medical advances & more targeted approaches to the treatment of so many diseases, the desire to be at the centre of drug develepment is an understandable one. And that is what the group Cancer Trials Ireland is trying to achieve for Irish patients. Richard is joined by Eibhlin Mulroe, ~Chief Executive of Cancer Trials Ireland.

Profile - Pat Whelan of James Whelan Butchers

Richard's firs guest is Pat Whelan, of James Whelan Butchers in Clonmel, Co Tipperary. He was the first butcher to get his business online & author of 2 books on his trade, has a longstanding partnershiop with Avoca & recently started a business relationship with Dunnes Stores.

Saturday 26th November

Dublin 1 Retail - Liam Geraghty

With Christmas a month away, its going to be a busy time for retailers across the country & in Dublin, while the southside of the city centre is the destination of choice for many festive shoppers, businesses on the northside also want a slice of that particular pudding. Dublin Town will be launching a campaign next week to attract greater trade awareness in Dublin 1, including a new map highlighting the retail delights of the area. Liam Geraghty reports.

New Boss....New Headache

Well there are moments of challenge in all our careers & perhaps one of the most difficult of these is getting used to a New Boss. So what are the best survival tactics when regime change is in prospect, what if you are the agent of that change, what is the best demeanour to adopt? Louise Campbell, MD of Robert Walters Recruitment & Dr Stephen Costello, Philosopher & Dir of the Viktor Frankl Institute of Ireland join Richard in studio.

Global Startup Gathering - Spike Island

Would you sign up to spend a weekend in a former Victorian prison on an island in the middle of November, if it helped your business idea to flourish? This was on offer last weekend with a Business Bootcamp, as part of Global Startup 2016. Evelyn O'Rourke brings us this report.

Profile - Stephen Kavanagh - Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus has been at the forefront of Irish aviation for its entire history but it also has been the centre of controversy over the years, especially during its move away from state ownership. Earlier this year it joined forces with the airline conglomerate IAG & its first 12 months within the group, Aer Lingus, on a relative basis, is the most profitable element of IAG.

Fidel Castro RIP

Almost 60 years after he overthrew Cuba's dictator Batista in a daring guerilla campaign, the death of Fidel Castro, one of the iconic revolutionary communist figures of the 20th century was announced on Cuban State Television this morning. Richard is joined by Paddy Smith, Foreign Policy Editor of the Irish Times to discuss a man who, divisive though his legacy may be, really made his mark on the world stage.

Saturday 19th November

Around the World - Siobhán O'Connell

Joining Richard in studio, for our monthly look at some of the week's international stories that might have escaped your attention, is Siobhán O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine &

Fidgeting - Liam Geraghty

A few weeks ago, 2 Denver brothers, Matthew & Mark McLachlan raised a whopping 6.1 million dollars for their product, The Fidget Cube - making it one of Kickstarter's most funded campaigns of all time. Liam Geraghty reports.

Peter Cochrane - Futurologist

After starting his working career digging ditches for the Royal Post in Britain, Peter Cochrane went back to college to study Electrical Engineering, eventually recommending that BT move from using copper cables to fibre-optics. While there he found himself climbing the corporate ladder rapidly to become BT's Chief Tech Officer & Head of Research.

Dublin Gallery Weekend

When visitors come to the capital, top of their To Do lists is Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College, Book of Kells & the National Museum. Richard's next guests want the art galleries of our capital city to elbow their way on these must see lists. Rayne Booth, Temple Bar Gallery & Catherine Ryan, Nat Gallery Digital Media dept join Richard.

Richard Moat - Eir

Richard is joined by Richard Moat who has been CEO of Eir for the last two year, a company that has gone through many transformations. He first joined Eircom, as it was, in 2012 it had only emerged from the biggest examinership in the history of the Irish State. The company has just reported its 6th straight quarter of growth, a remarkable turnaround to how things were in 2012.

Saturday 12th November

Fitness Industry - Liam Geraghty

These days there are more people working out than ever before with an estimated 850,000 Irish gym members spending approx €435 million a year on membership per year. Liam Geraghty reports.


What is the reality of Trump's proposed economic policies actually mean, keeping American companies in America & employing American people, a problematic vista for Ireland with our heavy investment in keeping American companies here. Joining Conor is studio are Feargal O'Rourke, Managing Partner with PwC & Prof Frank Barry, Economist at the Trinity School of Business.

Back to Work - Evelyn O'Rourke

In western Europe we are not producing enough new workers with research predicting that employers will face a shortfill of 16-18 million college educated workers by 2020, so what are companies doing about filling these gaps? Evelyn O'Rourke brings us this report.

Market Research

Hilary Clinton gave her concession speech on Wednesday and to be fair many of us went to bed on Tuesday night thinking Hilary would win, only to wake up on Wednesday morning into a New World that we had been told by the pollsters simply was not going to happen. In studio with Conor are Damien Loscher, MD of Ipsos MRBI & PeteLunn, Snr Research Officer with Economic & Social Research Institute.

Profile - Brett Meyers, Currency Fair

Conor's first guest is Brett Meyers, an Aussie himself, who is one of the founders of an Irish-based business, Currency Fair Exchange, a company that gives you a cost-effective way to transfer funds overseas.

Saturday 29th October

Louise Campbell – How to quit well

Louise Campbell, Managing Director at Robert Walters on how to leave the work place in a formal manner.

Scary Biz

Well no doubt the costumes are ready, the pumpkins are carved, and the apples are bobbing away in anticipation of Monday night’s trick or treating. Perhaps you are the kind of person who needs a proper old fashioned scare to really get into the Hallowe’en swing of things.  We sent Liam Geraghty off on the trail of ghoulish profits.


Rory Healy and Des O’Leary are from Catapult, a production company that is all about the non-corporate side of the corporate event equation. Next week, they’ll be in Lisbon setting up the ten stages of what used to be known as the “Dublin Web Summit”, so it’s good to see that Irish businesses are still involved in that production.

Terms and Conditions

Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor of Independent News and Media, and Pavel Gladyshev, Director of the Digital Forensics Lab at UCD on Every time we tick the 'I AGREE' box online.

Ciara Clancy

Ciara Clancy who's the founder and CEO of Beats Medicalhas has forsaken all of that, and has devoted her youth to a business idea she came up with while working as a physiotherapist with people who were suffering from Parkinson’s Disease.

London Falling

Well with every major relationship break-up, the tricky issue of dividing the spoils brings with it stress, recrimination and the tendency to say things we might later regret and it looks like Brexit will be no different in this regard. Denis Staunton, Irish Times London Editor, and Tony Foley, Senior lecturer in Economics at DCU

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