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    Saturday 3rd October

    Leadership Lessons from the Bard

    William Shakespeare has often been used as a source of business wisdom, with books like 'Shakespeare's Lessons in Leadership', 'Shakespeare on Management', and even 'Shakespeare and Golf' lining shelves in bookstores worldwide. Our reporter, Liam Geraghty - who loves a bit of drama himself - has been finding out if these tomes hold any value, or if they're merely tales 'full of sound and fury, signifying nothing'.

    Frances Ruane

    Figures from the ESRI feature regularly in Irish headlines, and its director since 2006 has been Frances Ruane. She has just retired from that role, and spoke to Richard about the experience of running such an organisation throughout such a difficult period for Irish economy.

    The Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland

    Something we hear a lot about is how difficult it has been for small and medium businesses to get money from the banks in recent years. This week, the European Commission announced an initiative intended to encourage people to look for alternative sources of funding for their businesses. But where are Irish banks at, has lending improved for small and medium businesses and are there realistic alternatives coming on-line? Nick Ashmore - CEO of the recently established SBCI, a 'Strategic Banking Corporation' established to better meet the needs of Irish business - and Cormac Lucey, economics commentator with the Sunday Times, came into studio.

    Ranulph Fiennes

    Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been dubbed 'The World's Greatest Living Explorer' by the Guinness Book of Records, and he was in Dublin this week delivering some motivational advice at an Investec High Performance Breakfast. He was telling those gathered how to best to select and manage a team in extreme circumstances. We went along to find out more...

    Ireland vs. Italy

    Tomorrow, Ireland takes on Italy in their third pool game of the Rugby World Cup. While Irish fans are confident their have the upper hand in the line out, scrum and rolling maul, how would we fare in an economic head to head? Would our revenues leave them reeling, or would their infrastructure carry them across the gain line? To compare both sides, Richard spoke to economics columnist with the Irish Independent, Brendan Keenan, and Furio Pietribiasi, an Italian-born investment management CEO who has lived in Ireland for 17 years.

    Digicel Takes on the Internet Giants

    It's well known that Irish businessman Denis O'Brien doesn't shy away from a challenge. This time, he's taking on Google, Facebook and other such internet giants. His beef is that they're generating huge revenues off the back of mobile networks by selling ads, but without paying the platform anything. He says: 'These companies put no money in. Instead they unashamedly trade off the efforts and investments of network operators like Digicel to make money for themselves.” Is he right? Karlin Lillington, technology journalist and columnist with the Irish Times, joined Richard to discuss.

    Saturday 26th September

    Crisis Management

    Following the blanket coverage this week of the Volkswagen emissions scandal in the US, the company’s Chief Executive, Martin Winterkorn, tendered his resignation. Although he claimed that he didn’t actually know anything about what had been going on, he and the company’s shareholders obviously felt that someone had to be held accountable. To discuss the plight of leading a company through a crisis, Orlaith Carmody - Managing Director of Media and author of the new book “Perform As A Leader” - joined Richard in studio.

    Sarah Slazenger

    Ralph Slazenger bought the Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow in 1961. The estate - which has an extensive retail and food facility run in conjunction with Avoca - hosted half a million visitors last year and was voted by National Geographic as the third best garden to visit in the world. The latest venture is a new Whiskey Distillery and visitor centre... To find out more, Richard paid a visit to the Co. Wicklow Estate, where he met the current Managing Director, Ralph's granddaughter Sarah Slazenger who brought me on a guided tour that began in that award-winning garden.

    Selling Groceries Online

    The grocery market in Ireland has become particularly competitive in recent years. And one aspect of that market which has grown in line with customer demand is the online order and home delivery sector. The recent announcement that Dunnes Stores soon plans to enter that market is likely to intensify the competition even further over the coming months. Liam Geraghty went out to meet some of the people who are already in the business of delivering the goods.

    Bill Gilbane

    Bill Gilbane's great-grandfather left Ireland during the famine, and went on to set up a business which has become one of the biggest construction companies in America. It now has members of the fourth, fifth and sixth generation of the family working for it.

    Entrepreneurs and Taxes

    Ireland has been described as the “Best Small Country in the World to do Business” on a number of occasions in the past, and it seems that quite a few large-scale multi-national firms who chosen to set up here would agree. Although they all say that favourable tax structures aren’t the only reason they have chosen Ireland as a base, few would argue that it isn’t an important incentive. But how does the Irish tax system treat smaller companies? Niamh Bushnell, the Dublin Commissioner for Startups, and Brian Caulfield, Chairman of the Venture Capital Association, joined Richard to discuss the challenges facing entrepreneurs under the rule of Revenue.

    Saturday 19th September

    Shifting Gears

    Car Sales in Ireland recently exceeded 100 thousand for the first time since 2008, and with the Frankfurt Motor Show in full swing, Motoring Journalist Olive Keogh joined Richard in studio to discuss the changing landscape of the automotive industry.

    Other People's Money

    John Kay is a professor at the London School of Economics and a columnist with the Financial Times. His new book, 'Other People's Money', takes a look at the history of the financial sector, how it has evolved over the years, and whether it is really as profitable as it seems. Concluding that it is really quite broken, he outlines what needs to be done to get it back on track...

    Around The World

    Siobhan O'Connell from Business Plus and joins Richard for our monthly look at the business stories making headlines around the globe.

    Corporate Culture

    An estimated 350,000 people around the country took part in Culture Night this year, with many companies taking out their chequebook to have their name associated with an artistic endeavour. Reporter Liam Geraghty ask just how cosy can the relationship between corporations and culture really be?

    Jules Coleman

    In 2011, London-based management consultant Jules Coleman launched a website for cleaners called with two partners, teaching herself to code in order to design its first website. Four years later, before she turned 30, the company was sold for a reported 32 million euro.

    The Housing Crisis

    With Budget 2016 fast approaching, the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, was speaking to Seán O'Rourke yesterday about the issues that are foremost in his mind as he considers his options. One point he made that raised a few eyebrows - and maybe some hopes - was that he would be asking the Central Bank to review the caps that are enforced on first-time mortgages. Conor Skehan, Chairman of the Housing Agency, came into studio to discuss the current state of play in the housing 'crisis'.

    Saturday 12th September

    Regrets at the Banking Inquiry

    During the banking inquiry, there were expectations for some people to hold their hands up and accept responsibility for the crisis, maybe even to say sorry. And while some did so freely, others had to have the sorrow leveraged from them - proving that for some sorry is indeed the hardest word. This week, we brought you some of the more sorrowful moments of the Banking Inquiry.

    Getting to grips with a new job

    The British Labour Party will today announce its new leader and the smart money seems to be on Jeremy Corbyn. Whoever emerges victorious later today will undoutedly be taking on a tough new role, which is always a bit tricky, whether it's work, college, or school. Paul Mooney, Managing Partner of Tandem Consulting joined Richard with a few tips on making a good first impression.

    40 years at Dublin Bus

    Dublin Buses are a familiar sight and sound in the capital and have over the years the seen a lot of change, much of it overseen by Paddy Doherty, who went from the garage to the boardroom, and most recently was CEO. Now retired, we hitched a lift with him this week and we found him at the nearest Bus Stop.

    The Bankers at the Banking Inquiry

    The banking inquiry reached its final days this week after months of testimony and questioning with 29 bankers contributing to the hearings overall. Tom Lyons, Business Editor of the Sunday Business Post and Brendan Keenan, of the Independent Group joined Richard to give their verdict on their performances.

    The Art of Queuing

    Danish research was published this week showing that when it comes to queueing we've been doing it all wrong! They found that queues would be more efficient if the last in the queue was served first. Liam Geraghty has been getting in line and checking out if there is such a thing as a perfect queue for businesses and buyers.

    Paddy Cosgrave

    This week saw the launch of the 2015 Dublin Web Summit, now in its fifth year. Paddy Cosgrave, one of its founders, who has seen the once humble conference grow into a key event on the calendar for international start ups, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists joined Richard in studio.

    Saturday 5th September

    Ireland's Lighting Designers

    When the thousands of electric picnic partiers emerge from their tents today, it's unlikely that their postmortems of last nights performances will include a take on the lighting designers. Our reporter Liam Geraghty went backstage to get the low down on these unsung heroes of Ireland's entertainment business.

    Hunting Stolen Treasure

    Speculation mounted this week that the so called 'Nazi Gold Train', a train containing gold and jewels plundered during WWII, had been found 70 years later. But what other stolen treasures remain lost? Damien Sheils, a Director of Rubicon Heritage, an archaeological firm joined Richard to tell us more.

    Maternity Leave

    This week, Yahoo's CEO, Marissa Meyer caused controversy by revealing that she would only take two week's maternity leave following the birth of twins later this year. Is a shorter leave simply the only option for a woman in her position? Laura Haugh, Director at and Grainne Kelly, Founder and CEO at Bubblebum give their take.

    Volatile Global Markets

    This week saw a dip in global markets, sparked in part by a US report on job creation which paints a mixed picture of the US economy. To look at how its health or otherwise might impact the rest of the world, Richard was joined by Steve Keen, Head of the School of Economics, History and Politics at Kingston University.

    Filmmaker John Carney

    The success of Once, a small movie that had a big impact, continues with the stage musical, which has 8 Tonys to its name, along with a Grammy for Best Musical Album. Musicals are big business, but can also be notoriously risky investments. Ricahrd caught up with John Carney, director of Once, to find out a bit more about the money involved in movies and musicals.

    Saturday 22nd August

    Who Does the Office Housekeeping?

    There have been a few stories of late that point to continued sexism in the workplace - this week a survey was published showing eight of ten Irish women are subjected to sexist jokes at work. Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg has also been critical of how women are often left doing the menial and often thankless tasks at work - making the tea, helping new colleagues find their feet, taking minutes... Her comments come off the back of Harvard research. So is sexism still alive and well in work. Yseult Freeney, Director of the Work and Organisational Psychology Masters Programme in DCU, and Peter Cosgrove, Director with CPL Resources, discuss.

    Peer-to-Peer Business Lending

    Crowdfunding has been on the rise over recent years, with many independent filmmakers and musicians getting finance through sites like Kickstarter and FundIt, and tech innovators frequently getting their products off the ground by appealing to the population of the worldwide web. Can a similar model be used to counteract the lack of money being made available for more traditional business loans? A number of Irish websites, including Linked Finance and Grid Finance, have been attempting to connect SMEs with members of the public who have money to invest for the right returns. Liam Geraghty has been finding out more…

    From Boardroom to Book Launch

    Great writers often cut their teeth in fields far removed from the page, but could the can-do determination that gets people to the top in business translate to success in the world of the printed word? Two former high-flying executives that have heeded the call of their literary ambitions are Rachel Abbott and Ireland’s one-time “Mr. Opel', Arnold O’Byrne.

    Around the World

    From cutting back on big birthdays in Japan to Santa’s wobbly bottom line in Lapland, Siobhan O’Connell from Business Plus magazine takes a look at some of the global stories that might have escaped your attention in our monthly “Around the World” slot, courtesy of the Institute of Directors...

    Declan Ganley

    Declan Ganley’s position as the face and voice of Libertas during their successful campaign for a “No” Vote in the 2008 Lisbon Treaty Referendum first brought him to public attention, and ensured plenty of media coverage, as did later less successful campaigns. Before all the politics, however, he had established himself as an entrepreneur with a forestry business in the former Soviet Union and telecoms ventures on both sides of the Atlantic. He's also working on a project in Mexico with Rivada Networks, of which he is the CEO and founder.

    Saturday 15th August

    The Branded Individual

    as the Irish Rugby team continued its preparations this week for the upcoming World Cup, their former captain and talisman, Brian O’Driscoll, took the next step in his post-sporting career by launching a website, designed to put his personal brand front and centre. It’s a phenomenon that we’re starting to see a lot more of recently, as celebrities seek to turn their popularity into profits. With me now to discuss this brave new world of personal branding are Jenny Taaffe, Founder and CEO of iZest, the company behind, and John Fanning, lecturer at t, and author of “The Importance of Being Branded: An Irish Perspective”…

    Nightclub Economics

    There was a time in Ireland when no night out was truly complete until we’d made it past the bouncer, swapped our jacket for a cloakroom ticket we would soon lose, and cut the rug on the dancefloor of the local nightclub. It’s an experience that many Leaving Cert graduates had for the first time earlier this week, as they celebrated their results. Our own Liam Geraghty dusted off his dancing shoes to see how the sector has been holding up…

    Alain deBotton

    Alain De Botton is a Swiss-born philosopher and writer who has made a name for himself writing about philosophy’s relevance to everyday life. His popular publications include “Essays in Love”, “How Proust Can Change Your Life”, and “The Architecture of Happiness”. He has also written extensively on the world of work and our relationship with it. Alain has just released a new edition of “The New Art of Travel”, in which he examines the whole idea of holidays.

    Flanagan of Largo at the Coronet

    Eddie Izzard, Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock are just three of the hundreds of big name comedians that have worked the main stage of the Largo in Los Angeles, and Mark Flanagan has been the owner and impresario there since 1992. Originally from Belfast and known to his friends as simply 'Flanagan', he first went to the U.S. in the late 80s on an academic scholarship from Harvard...


    The eyes of the world have been on movements in China this week, as the ruling Communist government there chose to devalue their currency – the yuan – in response to an economic slowdown that comes after decades of unparalleled expansion. The global economy is now inextricably linked to the fortunes of that nation, so how will these developments affect the rest of the world and what do they mean for the Chinese people? Dr Declan Jordan, from the Department of Economics in University College Cork, and Jerusha McCormack, Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University joined Richard in studio.

    Saturday 8th August

    That's Entertainment

    Travelling the length and breadth of the country with a boot full of sequins and synthesizers is all part of a night's work for Ireland's jobbing performers. Reporter Liam Gerraghty joined the ranks of the roadies and met with some of our hardest working entertainers.

    Leadership Longevity

    The term 'Endless Enda' was coined this week when the Chief Whip, Paul Kehoe,speculated that Taoiseach Enda Kenny could be in power for another five years. Whether that dream becomes a reality depends entirely on the electorate, but are there strategies to help add staying power to any leader be it in business or politics? Rowan Manahan, Career Management Expert and Managing Director of Fortify Services,  filled Richard in on some of the more Machiavellian strategies.

    Business Figures in Politics

    Despite his polarising opinions - or maybe because of them - Donald Trump appears to be making headway in the race for the Republican nomination for the US Presidential race next year. Trump is well known for his ruthless attitude to business, his controversial stance on women, and his spotlight-stealing hair. Would his extensive and hugely successful business experience be a help or a hindrance in politics? Would our own Government benefit from a bit more business sense? Eamonn McCann, Journalist, Author and Political Activist, who joins us from Derry and Norah Casey, Director of the Harmonia Group, duke it out.

    Sports Agents

    After a close-run triumph in this year's Six Nations Championship, Irish rugby fans are no doubt hoping for similar jubilation to follow the upcoming Rugby World Cup, which gets underway next month. Ireland's first warm up game for that tournament kicks off later today when the boys in green take on Wales at the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. Supporting every player on that pitch is a rugby agent whose job it is to ensure they secure financial wins off the pitch as well. Two of Ireland's Jerry Maguires - Niall Woods, former rugby player and Managing Director of Navy Blue sports management agency, and David McHugh of Lineup, a sports media agency - spoke to Richard about the business behind the balls.

    John Plender: Money, Morals and Markets

    Ever since the financial crisis an increasing number of commentators have been questioning the merits of a capitalist economic structure. John Plender, a senior columnist with the Financial Times, has been looking back at the history of capitalism to see what insights that might hold up for the future, and has published his findings in a book called 'Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets'.

    The National Lottery

    Premier Lotteries Ireland has announced that the lottery is getting a makeover. There'll be more numbers in the drum and the cost of playing is going up, so from now on the chances that it 'could be you' are looking less and less likely. In fact, you're more likely to win an Olympic Gold Medal or be struck by lightning, but you are still more likely to win the lotto than become a saint, so there is that... What's the business logic behind the move? Simon Wilson, Head of the Statistics Department at Trinity College Dublin,and Donal O Donavan, Deputy Business Editor of The Irish Independent joined Richard to discuss.

    Saturday 1st August

    When Life is a Carnival

    The Macarena is one tune you might well hear at one of the many carnivals taking place in towns and villages all over Ireland at this time of year. But the tune may well be overshadowed by the buzz of bumper cars, the whir of the candy floss machines, and the clatter of arcade games as the fun fair rolls into town. Our reporter Liam Geraghty caught up with the Pipers, one of Ireland's oldest carnival families, in their home town of Kinsale.

    Songs of the Summer

    The songs of the summer conjure up memories of beaches, airports and bad dancing, but this year some people are complaining that there's no obvious summer hit. Has the rain fallen on the summer hit parade? If so, what does that mean for the artists' bottom lines? Stuart Clarke, deputy editor of Hot Press, and James Byrne of Any Other City Records - who is also a lecturer at BIMM College of Music - peruse the economics of the bangers and binners that populate our airwaves from May to September.


    Following news that Iranian sanctions are to be lifted following a landmark deal with the US, among others, the international business community is viewing Iran from a whole new perspective. Cuba has also recently emerged from the proverbial economic cold when trade and travel restrictions were lifted between the US and the Caribbean island. But what did these sanction achieve when they were in place? Who did they impact? And what now for these economies? Dr. Karen Devine, Chair of the B.A. Programme in International Relations at DCU, and Parsa Ghaffari, an Iranian business man based in Dublin, joined Richard to discuss.

    Heir Hunters

    If you've ever dreamed of a distant relative leaving you untold millions, a British company that has recently opened an Irish branch might be the answer to your prayers. Familiar to TV audiences from their BBC Show Heir Hunters, Daniel Curran, managing director of Finders International UK, and Padraic Grennan of their Irish branch are all set to find the rightful heirs to some unclaimed fortunes before the State claims the money.

    The Psychology of Pricing

    Summer Sales are in full swing all over Ireland this weekend, with great deals and lots of prices ending with the number 99... but what's the background of such pricing techniques and what part does psychology play in them? Damien O' Reilly from the School of Retail Management in DIT lifts the lid on the range of pricing plots out there...

    Dr. Emmeline Hill of Equinome

    Emmeline Hill's grandmother was a jockey, her father a horse breeder. Even though she chose a career in science, she's returned to her roots. Just over ten years ago, she discovered the speed gene for horses and has turned her discovery into a business, with horse trainer Jim Bolger her business partner and Donal Ryan its managing director. It's now an international company in 17 different countries from Europe to Australia to Japan.

    The Recovery in Numbers

    On the face of it, what appeared to be some very good news on the economy as a whole was announced this week, when the CSO released new figures stating that GDP was up 6.5% in the first half of the year. Frances Ruane, Research Professor at the ESRI, took a closer look at what exactly is happening, what's behind the growth, and where the jobs are.

    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.

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