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    Saturday 28th March

    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.

    Around the World

    Siobhan O’Connell of Business Plus magazine joined Richard in studio with news of what’s happening in the global business world. Stories include the death of the man who claims to have brought Singapore from the third world to the first, a superhighway to connect Russia and the U.S., and a precocious Snapchat billionaire.

    The Business of Charity Fundraising

    The charity sector in Ireland is worth €852 million euro a year, but it also takes a lot of resources to raise that kind of money. Although people might not like to hear that their donations are being spent on marketing, administration or staff, recent research by Fundraising Ireland found that it costs the average charity almost 34 cent to raise a euro. We sent Liam Geraghty to find out more.

    Carole White

    Carole White was instrumental in launching the careers of some of the world’s best known supermodels. Claudia Schiffer, Christy Turlington and Naomi Campbell are just some that she helped to turn into household names, and she has just written a book - called Have I Said Too Much? - about her career in the industry.

    The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

    Yesterday morning, Richard Bruton announced the findings of Government commissioned research into the potential benefits to Ireland of a transatlantic trade agreement between the EU and the United States. The findings paint a pretty picture, with 10,000 new jobs forecast and an extra 6.8 billion euro in export. So should a deal be struck? Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times European Correspondent, has been following the talks…

    Saturday 21st March


    In the last couple of weeks a mysterious sticker has been appearing on the computers of the cool kids at the Microsoft campus in Seattle and it has received overnight cult status. There have even been rumours of it becoming the new company logo. How important is getting the logo right for a brand? Bob Gray from Red&Grey Design filled Richard in.

    Private Members' Clubs

    The very notion of a private club conjures up images of exclusivity, but many of them that have managed to survive the economic crash have had to re-invent themselves just to keep going. Richard dusted off his best blazer to pay some of them a visit.

    Michael McAteer

    Insolvencies, receiverships, and examinerships are phrases we have all become accustomed to hearing in recent years. The process of dealing with a company that has found itself being categorised as insolvent requires a certain set of skills. Michael McAteer is a partner with Grant Thornton, and he's one of the most high-profile receivers in the country.

    Immersive Tourism

    Over the last few years there have been many new initiatives put in place to make Ireland a more attractive destination for international visitors. To discuss the growing trend towards themed tourism, Richard was joined in studio by Fiona Monaghan, Head of Operations for Fáilte Ireland in the West and Mid-West, and Keith McDonnell, co-founder of the recently established 'St. Patrick's Camino' walking trail...

    Gerald Lawless

    Gerald Lawless is a Galway man whose international hotel career has brought him to Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and even Dublin. He is now the President and CEO of the Jumeirah Group in Dubai, where he lives.

    Saturday 14th March

    Parental Influence

    A question which lots of aspirational parents inevitably spend many hours on is whether the ingredients for success in life are down to genetics, or can they be created through a combination of nurturing and skillful guidance? Career coach Karen Frampton and JJ O’Connell, Chief Executive of Family Business Ireland, mull it over.

    McQueen and Galliano

    The world of high fashion is notoriously full of flamboyant characters and massive egos. It’s also cut-throat, built around global brands and vast fortunes. Dana Thomas has been writing about the characters which inhabit this world for many years. Her latest book is “Gods and Kings: The Rise and Fall of Alexander McQueen and John Galliano”.

    The Future of the Naomh Eanna

    The MV Cill Airne is a 1960's passenger ship that has been converted into a restaurant and bar, docked at the North Wall Quay outside Dublin's Convention Centre and doing great business. The team behind that refurbishment now have plans for a similar project in Galway. Liam Geraghty reports…

    The Brodericks

    The company has grown this year to become a 6 million euro business…with its products now on sale in 25 different countries.

    Rebranding the IFSC

    Earlier this week, Minister Simon Harris announced a new strategy to rebrand and expand the InternationaI Financial Services Centre, with the planned addition of an extra 10,000 jobs. Pamela Newenham, business journalist and editor of “Silicon Docks: The rise of Dublin as a Global Tech Hub” joined Richard to discuss...

    Saturday 7th March

    South by Southwest

    Next week’s South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, will see a huge number of people working in the global tech and creative industries congregate to exchange ideas and hopefully find new business outlets. Donal Scannel of Gigstarter and Nick Keegan from Greenletterbox will be in attendance. Members of the band Dott joined the conversation from Galway, and played out with a sample of the music they'll be bringing there themselves...

    The Reputation Economy

    We’re all becoming increasingly concerned with issues surrounding privacy and security on the internet, but Michael Fertik - author of 'The Reputation Economy' - believes that we need to be far more conscious about how we manage our image and profile online, even if we don’t have a particularly active presence on social media...

    Maths in the Morning

    Although all of us will have come through the education system with a basic understanding of maths, do we actually remember much of what we were taught? Brian McCoy of The People Group has started a new course for business owners and salespeople who want to brush up on the difference between markups and margins...

    Niamh Gunn

    Niamh Gunn was a founder and Managing Director of's Corporate VAT Division. However, four years ago she decided to make some fundamental life changes when the everything just became too much for her. She has since turned that adversity into an entirely new project called The Well.

    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.

    Saturday 28th February

    The Threat of a 'Brexit'

    This week the British-Irish Chamber of Commerce held a conference in Dublin entitled “Shoulder to Shoulder: Winning Strategies for the Global Pitch', which was attended by a large number of figures from the international business and political community. One of the main points of discussion was the possibility of a British exit from the European Union. John McGraine, President of the Chamber, and Stephen Booth, Research Director of the Open Europe Think Tank in London, analysed the potential impact on Ireland.

    Around the World

    In the first installment of what will be a new monthly feature on The Business, brought to us by the Institute of Directors, Siobhan O’Connell from Business Plus Magazine joined Richard in studio to take a look at some of the international business stories which have been in the news this week.

    Goldsmiths and Jewellery Makers

    In the last 10 years there has been a resurgence in jewellery making in Ireland. In what was previously a male dominated profession, women are really beginning to show their mettle. Liam Geraghty has been talking to some of the designers who are going for gold ...

    Niall Fitzgerald

    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.

    Saturday 21st February

    How The Other Half Fly

    The Residence by Etihad is a new service on offer from the airline on their flight from London to Abu Dhabi. It features a three-room cabin and a butler at your service for the duration of the eight-and-a-half hour flight. It also costs almost 12,500 pounds sterling each way. The butlers for this unique extravagance have been trained by Limerick man Seán Davoren, of the Savoy Hotel in London.

    Bringing Big-Budget Film-Making to Ireland

    John Gleeson - Partner and Head of Media at Grant Thornton - has been instrumental in raising more than €400 million euro in finance for 175 different film, television and animation projects in Ireland over the last 10 years. While we have had much success attracting international television productions to these shores, large-scale filmmaking hasn't been happening at the same rate. He believes that's all about to change...


    Robert McKee has been described by Peter Jackson as “The Guru of Gurus”. He’s a Fulbright scholar, and is regarded as the most sought after screenwriting lecturer in the world. In recent years, he has also turned his attention to business, and has developed the Storynomics seminar for business leaders, which is coming to Killarney in May.

    Casting Movies

    It's Oscars night tomorrow, so no doubt those most coveted of little gold statuettes are getting their last minute polish, the red carpet is being given a good old hoover, and Hollywood A-listers are optimistically preparing acceptance speeches. Closer to home, another Academy had its debut this week when the Bow Street Academy for Screen Acting opened its doors in Dublin. Liam Geraghty went along to find out about the business of creating the careers of some superstars of the future…

    Jim McCarthy of Poundland and Dealz

    Thrifty shopping has become a multi-million euro business, with a number of recession-friendly retailers opening up right across Ireland in recent years. One British chain which has carved out a substantial niche in this market is Poundland which trades under the name of ‘Dealz’ in 40 stores around the country. As his name suggests, CEO Jim McCarthy has Irish roots…

    James Galbraith on Yanis Varoufakis

    James K. Galbraith is an economist and a professor of government in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where Yanis Varoufakis - the embattled, leather-jacket-wearing Finance Minister of Greece's new left-wing government - has been a visiting professor for the last three years. The two men are close friends. Galbraith co-wrote the most recent edition of Varoufakis's 'Modest Proposal for Recovery in the Eurozone', and recently the newly-minted minister in Athens as he was coming to grips with his new post.

    Greek Bailout Extension

    After a week of high-level brinkmanship, European finance ministers last night agreed an 11th hour extension of Greece's Troika bailout. The move gives the new Greek government some breathing space, but does it really provide a solution to their problems? Antoin Murphy is Emeritus Professor of Economics at TCD, and he joined Jonathan in studio to discuss.

    Saturday 14th February

    The Wedding Band Business

    Never let it be said that we don’t do romance on The Business… After a few Valentine's Days and more than a few flowers and chocolates, the natural progression for many Irish couples is the 'Big Day Out'. What’s it like to be working on the frontline? Jonathan Casey performs in one of the country's leading wedding bands, “The Best Men”, and the business side of things is run by his wife, Niamh Brennan, who is CEO of the Music Angel booking agency.

    Making Millions in Merch

    Screens up and down the country are reportedly booked out for the first showing of '50 Shades of Grey', but although the box office will make plenty of money for the producers, much of the real moolah these days is made through merchandising. Timmy McGann from marketing company The Hub at Trade Wins discusses the phenomenon of licensing...

    Tanya and Phillip Airey of Sunway Tours

    When online booking facilities first became available to anyone with an internet connection it was generally felt that the role of the traditional tour operator would become obsolete, and that nobody would ever want to buy a package holiday again. While a number of big players in the market did fold up their tents in the time since, last year Sunway Travel turned over 40 million euro and the 50-year-old Irish company continues to employ a staff of 80. Managing Director Tanya Airey and her husband Phillip joined Richard in studio.

    The Business of Blooms

    4 out of 5 women say that Irish men are less romantic than their international counterparts, but despite that less-than-enthusiastic rating you can be sure that cash registers across the country have been ringing all week, and will continue to do so today as lovers shell out for Valentine's Day cards and gifts for. Liam Geraghty has been finding out just how many people still choose to say it with flowers.

    Supermacs' Pat McDonagh

    Pat McDonagh was in the news this week in a classic David versus Goliath story, after McDonalds filed a 41-page objection against Supermacs' application to register its trademark across the European Union. So is the plan to open Supermac's right across Europe and in America?

    Saturday 7th February

    Premiership-Style Management

    With the transfer window in the Premier League ending this week, the soccer world has been a hive of activity recently, but can these transfer deals be applied to the world of economics? Prof. Damian Hughes is the author of ‘How to think like Sir Alex Ferguson: The Business of Winning and Managing Success’ .

    Business Bust-Ups

    The much-publicised Rory McIlroy versus Horizon Sports Management court case this week was an example of what can happen when business relationships turn sour. Although in this instance both parties issued a statement saying that they wished each other well - after a reported pay-out in the region of €22 million - on other occasions partings have been a lot less amicable. Siobhán O’Connell from Business Plus magazine joined Richard in studio to talk about some of the more ennervating and heartbreaking examples.

    Irish Pubs Raising the Bar

    With the arrival of the UK pub chain Wetherspoons on these shores, a new era may have dawned for the Irish local. Is it a case of shape up or ship out for our native bars? Liam Geraghty spoke to some publicans who aren’t about to call time on the trade, and are coming up with some innovative ways of attracting customers.

    Croke Park's Peter McKenna

    Last year was quite a rollercoaster for Croke Park's stadium director, Peter McKenna, with the ‘Garth-Gate’ saga raging on for what seemed like an eternity... Despite this blip, the venue turned over an operating profit of 11.2 million euro last year. In fact, the fortunes of Croke Park have been on the up for some time. 2012 was a watershed year, as it was the first time it was debt free in its entire existence, and McKenna was instrumental in that turnaround...

    The View from Greece

    He’s only two weeks in the job, but Greek’s Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, has had something of a baptism of fire. The ECB’s decision this week to remove the concessions it had made.on lending to the Greek banks during the bail out has plunged the country into yet more financial uncertainty. What does all of this mean for the Greek people? Treasurer of the Irish Hellenic Society, Michael Youlton - who has just returned from a trip to his homeland - joined Richard to discuss the mood on the ground there.

    Saturday 31st January

    Superbowl Super Ads

    The Superbowl commercial breaks are considered the holy Grail of advertising, with many firms spending millions on just one 30 second slot. With an average viewership of 111 million, some might say they are worth the spend... Nowadays many ads are going viral before the show, and advertisers have had to think more creatively about the spots, working alongside such giants as Facebook and Twitter to show specific ads to a particular audience. Peter O’Dwyer, Creative Director at Havas Worldwide and Kathleen Healy, Digital Strategist with Rothco, sift through the glorious touchdowns and disastrous fumbles...

    Street Artists Going Mainstream

    Grafitti was once considered the past-time of disaffected youth, but now it has become a mainstream and very lucrative art-form, with big hitters making a nice living from their work. Next month, Whytes are holding an auction of work including street art pieces from Banksy and - for the first time - the Irish street artist, Will St Leger. Liam Geraghty went along to find out more about how street art is coming off the street and into the auction room…

    Discrimination in Job Interviews

    Earlier this week The Equality Tribunal awarded €54,000 to a school teacher who was asked for her views on homosexuality during an interview for a job as a school principal. What are the questions which prospective employers simply can’t ask in an interview? Louise Campbell, Managing Director of Robert Walters Recruitment joined Richard in studio.

    Buses & Transport

    The state may be seeking assurances on airline routes to Heathrow, but when it comes to bus routes private companies moving in is on the cards. The National Transport Authority announced yesterday that a number of bus routes in the Dublin area are going up for tender. Is nothing sacred? Senator Sean Barrett, Senior Lecturer from the Department of Economics in TCD discussed the implications with Richard.

    MIchael Lynch

    Michael Lynch was born to Irish parents living in Britain, studied and attained a PhD in the field of mathematics and engineering in Cambridge, and set up the tech company Autonomy which he sold to Hewlett Packard for 11.1 billion euro in 2011. He was susbsequently in the news when just a year later HP wrote down the value of the business by over $8bn, accusing Autonomy of accounting improprieties and misrepresentation prior to the takeover. Two weeks ago, however, the Serious Fraud Office in the UK announced that their investigation hadn’t found anything. An investigation in the US is still ongoing. He has recently raised a billion dollars and founded his own investment venture, Invoke Capital.

    Saturday 24th January

    The Pale

    90’s R'n'B group TLC announced on Tuesday that they're financing their final album by crowd funding through Kickstarter. Within days they reached more than their target, in part due to donations from fellow musicians such as Katy Perry. Over the last couple of years, Irish bands have gotten in on the crowdfunding act with musicians such as The Walls and Julie Feeney successfully crowd funding their musical ventures. Among those who have tried it out are Dublin band, The Pale. Lead singer Matt Devereux and manager Declan O'Donoghue told Richard about their business plan...

    Turnaround Specialists and Vulture Capitalism

    Just six years after Waterford Wedgwood was bought out of receivership, its US private equity owners have put it up for sale for more than 650 million euro which would net them a profit of around 400 million. Not a bad return at all. To talk about the whole concept of vulture capitalism and its impact on these shores, Nick Webb, Sunday Independent Business Editor, joined Richard in studio.

    Jobs with Free Gaffs

    have you ever wondered what it was like to work where you live? Or what it’s like to get a house as part and parcel of your job? In the past this was a common occurrence with employers like the Guinness family, Cadburys and the Lever Brothers. But does it ever happen now? Liam Geraghty has been checking it out...

    Patrick Coveney

    Patrick Coveney, has been at the helm of Greencore since 2008. The convenience foods giant employs in the region of 12,000 people and has 22 manufacturing locations in the UK and the US. Recently the company was at the centre of a major row in Britain over staff and conditions - Greencore had employed low cost workers from Hungary at its plant in Northampton - prompting David Cameron to weigh into the row and the Daily Mail to run the headline - 'Is there no one left in Britain who can make a sandwich?'

    Inequality and the 'Squeezed Middle'

    This week the rich and powerful were all at the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland, the official theme being the 'new global context'. Earlier in the week Oxfam had warned that by 2016 1% of the world's population will own more than the other 99%, and Barack Obama and David Cameron have both pledged an easing of pressure on the squeezed middle classes. Steve Keen, Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University in London, and Eamon Delaney, commentator and former diplomat, joined Richard to discuss the big picture issues of wealth and income inequality.

    Saturday 17th January

    Working in the Elements

    As clearing up continues after Storm Rachel wreaked havoc across the country, Liam Geraghty went out to meet the people that brave the elements everyday - hail, rain or snow...

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