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Saturday 22nd July

Biz Around the World

Well Siobhán O’Connell of Business Plus Magazine and joins me now for our monthly look at some of the week’s international stories that might have escaped your attention.

Shane Ryan - FEED

Shane Ryan started out his career in the hospitality industry, training at the renowned Shannon College of Hotel Management. Shane did some serious searching, and began to question the effort to personal reward of the hospitality business. This led him back home with the idea for his current business, the healthy ready-meal brand, FEED


Potter Elaine Fallon, she's turned to crowdfunding to try and raise €15,000 for The Brookwood Pottery Project. The project is hoping to create an open access pottery on Dublin's northside, giving classes on fundamental pottery techniques such as throwing and hand-building.

HSE Chief information officer

Well in this age of modern technology and information gathering, a new and crucial role has been emerging in major corporations and that’s the job of chief information officer, getting control of the vast data that organisations hold. Richard Corbridge to the role of Chief Information Officer spoke to Richard.

TCD Provost Patrick Prendergast

The university has announced plans to build a second campus on land it owns at Dublin’s Silicon Docks, off Pearse Street in Dublin’s city centre... The college says the move is based in a belief that computer science, engineering and natural sciences now need to be taught in radical new ways to future-proof Ireland’s finest academic minds.

Saturday 15th July

Cartoon Industrial Complex

We've been talking about creating animated shows that will teach and inspire kids in life but do they teach them and indeed their parents anything about the world of work?  From the industrious Ms Rabbit on Peppa Pig, to Ryder’s team leadership skills in Paw Patrol. We sent our own Liam Geraghty, to find out about cartoon corporate culture.


In May of next year every business in the EU must adapt to a new set of rules when it comes to what they are allowed to retain about the details of their clients’ lives... And failing to meet these new standards of care could mean harsh punishment.  Aoife Sexton, a lawyer that has recently co-founded Frontier Privacy joined Richard in studio.

Kim Kristensen

Kim Kristensen is now Master of Ceremonies at the Danish Royal Court but he has also harnessed his many years of frontline leadership in extreme conditions and applied those lessons to the corporate world as a coach and now with his book Follow Me: Leading from the front. Kim believes that the power of example is the key, and that no boss should


Sinéad Egan visited Gibraltar recently and spoke to residents there – and while the territory may have delivered the most resounding Remain vote of last year’s referendum at 96 per cent - there was absolutely no appetite to abandon or even change their relationship with the UK now, as reality bites.

Brown Bag

Cathal Gaffney and Darragh O’Connell founded Brown Bag Films in 1994 after eschewing the traditional Bluth Studios post-college route & they made a name for themselves with Give Up Your Aul Sin there, of course. Two years ago they sold the business to Canadian Studio 9 Story, taking up roles as Chief Operating Officer and Group Creative Director.

Saturday 17th June

Jarlath Regan

Comedian, and producer and host of 'An Irishman Abroad' podcast, Jarlath Regan spoke to Richard about the business of comedy and podcasting!

Brexit & Business

Richard was joined by Joe Lynam, BBC's business correspondent, Brendan Conway, who has been working in property development in London for the last 15 years and John Egan, head of strategy practice at Anthemis Group to see how last year's vote is impacting day to day business life in the UK.

Derry Entrepeneurs

A little more than a year ago Richard spoke to entrepreneurs on both sides of the boarder ahead of the Brexit referendum. With Brexit now on the horizon we go back to see what, if anything, has changed!


Labour Councillor Sally Mulready, Lisa O’Carroll, Brexit Correspondent with The Guardian and economist Liam Halligan joined Richard to talk about the politics of Brexit in the wake of the UK General Election.

Evan Davis

Evan Davis, host of Newsnight, spoke to Richard about his new book “Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit”.

Saturday 3rd June

Big in Japan - Liam Geraghty

Between Brexit & Donald Trump's isolationism, there is a very strong argument for European companies to really focus on strengthening their trading partnerships with the Far East. Earlier this week both Irish & Japanese business people gathered in Dublin for a seminar, Rising Opportunities, to promote investment in the Land of the Rising Sun. Liam Geraghty went along to get some tips on how to make it 'Big in Japan'.

Political Intelligence - Natasha Fennell

After two weeks campaigning the FG party selected a new leader in Leo Varadkar. The result might have seemed a forgone conclusion after it became clear Varadkar had so many parliamentary colleagues lined up to declare their support for him early. However, politics is not the only arena where being 'more politically astute' can pay off. Natasha Fennell, Communications Consultant & Director of Stillwater Communications often find herself being asked to teach people some of the more subtle skills required to get ahead.

Mandatory Retirement - Evelyn O'Rourke

For many workers, turning 65 means one thing - retirement. While some people have great plans for their well earned retirement years, what is the situation if you don't want to retire or need to keep on working? Evelyn O'Rourke takes a look at issues around mandatory retirement.

Climate Change Disagreement

US President Donald Trump said he was sticking to his campaign promise & pulling America out of the Paris Accord on Climate Change. The US now joins Syria & Nicaragua in the minority group of UN countries that aren't participating in the global initiative. Richard is joined in studio by David Horgan, MD of Petrel Resources & Norman Crowley, CEO of Crowley & Founder of the Cool Planet Foundation.

Profile: Josephine Fairley

Josephine Fairley is a classic case of the serial entrepreneur, not only did Jo Fairley co-found, build & sell the iconic organic chocolate brand, Green & Black, which now brings in more than a hundred million pounds sterling a year for its current owners, Kraft. Jo is also an author, has set up a bakery, a wellness centre & an online 'Perfume Society'. Josephine was featured guest at Investec's Inspire event yesterday.

Saturday 27th May

Cargo-tecture - Liam Geraghty

In a world obsessed with reclying, up-cycling & sustainability, the opportunity to do something new & useful with a shabby old thing is too hard to pass up. The potential of the humble shipping container is being tapped by savvy architects & entrepreneurs alike. Liam Gaeraghty has been finding out more.

New Media Old Media

It was announced this week that The Times Ireland will launch a print version of its online offering, which will replace the Times UK edition on Irish newsstands from 3rd June. In this digital age there is evidence to show that physical reading material is experiencing a renaissance. Laura Slattery, Irish Times journalist joins Richard in studio.

Book - Self-Awareness

Tasha Eurich is an occupational psychologist & her new book 'Insight: The Power of Self Awareness in a Self Deluded World' delves into the murky world of how much we really understand about how others view us. Originally conceived as a squarly business book, Tasha realised that all humans & not just captains of industry - could benefit from learning to be self-aware. Tasha Eurich joins Richard from London.

AIB IPO - Anthony Foley

It's been the speculative talk of financial circles for months now & it is expected that next week Min for Finance Michael Noonan could announce the government's intention to float AIB. The Irish Times writes that the government & IPO advisers will asses the performance of stock markets on Monday as part of their final decision process. Anthony Foley, lecturer in Economics at the DC School of Business joins Richard in studio.

Profile: Paul Hackett

Paul Hackett's entire career has been at the centre of the travel industry here in Ireland. Starting out in Aer Lingus Holidays & moving to Budget Travel under the stewardship of the legendary Gillian Bowler. Pual went on to found two successful enterprises of his own, the second of which, online travel agency, Click & Go, turns 7 this weekend.

Saturday 20th May

Bizz Around the World

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

Fidget Spinner - Liam Geraghty

Nevermind Trump, Brexit & the FG leadership contest, there is only one thing on everyone's mind & that's Fidget Spinner! Liam Geraghty has been taking a look at the latest toy craze sweeping the county & the world!

The Business of Festivals - Evelyn O'Rourke

The Irish festival calendar has been thriving, with events big & small happening every weekend across the country & hardy perennials like the Galway Arts Festival & Waterfor Spraoi on the horizon. Evelyn O'Rourke has been finding out more about the setting up of festivals & joins Emma in studio.

Bike Tech - Collette Kinsella

Since the introduction of bike to work scheme & the point to point rental models like Dublin Bikes, the popularity of cycling has increased, which of course brings an opportunity for any clever inventor or entreprenaur with an idea or gadget to improve the lot of cyclists on our roads. Colette Kinsella has been meeting enthuasiastic inventors with an eye on making two wheels a safer & more comfortable option for commuters.

US - Airlines Laptop Ban

The reason for banning laptops in cabins is very much about security but even so, airlines are strongly opposed to the move, since laptops are so important to their big spending business passengers. The International Air Transport Association has already come out to say that extending the ban to Europe would cost business-class passengers one billion dollars in lost productivity. Emma is joined in studio by Killian Woods of's business website, Fora who has been looking into just how important those Business Class customers are to the airline industry.

Profile - Peter Garvey

Emma's first guest is MD of the leading exponent of what is actually a relatively new concept here in Ireland, equity investment. Peter heads up the Irish wing of the The Carlyle Group, a 40 year-old global equity investment fund with Headquarters in Washington & a staggering 170 billion dollars in capital.

Saturday 13th May

Conversational Commerce - Liam Geraghty

Last week saw the inaugural ConverCon get under way in the Science Gallery Dublin, where speakers from companies like Facebook & Google came together to discuss 'conversational commerce'. Liam Geraghty went along to find out how conversational commerce is changing the way businesses talk to their customers.

Shadow Banking

Its not everyday you realise that you're one of the world leaders in a sector that most people didn't even know existed, but it turns out that Ireland's 'Shadow Banking' sector is thriving, as it is worth 2 trillion euro & is the 4th largest in the world. Richard is joined by Joe Brennan of the Irish Times, to give us a broad definition of what it is.

Protein Bars - Fulfil

Fulfil was conceived by Niall McGrath & Tom Gannon when the two were working together in senior roles at one of Ireland's leading food & drink distribution companies. After a couple of years of developing the protein bar they went to market with high expectations but they didn't reckon they would be spending every minute since battling to keep up with an ever increasing & global market. Tom & Niall join Richard this morning.

Wannacry Hack Attack

Yesterday's ambitious & catastrophic-international cyber attack caused chaos in 99 countries across the globe, with vulnerabilities exposed & systems crashing, including the National Health Service in the UK, resulting in heart surgeries being cancelled. Using technology originally developed by the spooks at the US National Security Agency, the WannaCry ransomware attack hijacked computer systems. Pat Moran of PwC, who leads their cyber security, Threat Intelligence & IT Forensics team, joins Richard in studio.

Carolan Lennon - Open Eir

Carolan Lennon is the MD of Open Eir, which is the division of Eircom, now rebranded as Eir, that is responsible for installing & controlling the company's networks & broadband infrastructure. Carolan is currently tasked with bringing it to 300 thousand homes in her current project & she joins Richard in studio this morning.

Saturday 6th May

Brand Revival

The old BBC science & technology series, Tomorrow's World will be making a glorious comeback with a new strand of documentaries from the luminaries of science including Stephen Hawking. Clearly BBC recognised the value of Tomorrow's World brand as it was axed in 2003. Aoife Barry of The has been looking at brand revival & is in studio with Richard this morning.

Gluten Free - Liam Geraghty

This Monday marks Coeliac Awareness Week 2017. According to Bord Bia research, the gluten free market in Ireland is estimated to be worth 66 million euro, experiencing an increase of more than a third since last year. Liam Geraghty has been looking into the gluten free industry.

Terminal Politeness

The Irish habit of not saying it as it is, dancing around the issue, not causing a fuss & rarely complaining might make life easier on the surface but when it comes to doing business, is this reluctance to openly engage in conflict causing us problems? In studio are Dr. Colm Foster, Dir of Executive Education at the IMI & Louise Campbell, MD of Robert Walters Recruitment.

Tax & Brexit

There are mixed news on the Irish economy this week with unemployment rate hitting 9 years low & yet somehow the government's income tax & corporation tax take has failed to hit its targets for the first four months of the year. Joining Richard in studio is Brendan Keenan, journalist with the Irish Independent.

Profile - Robin Gill

Richard's first guest is a Dubliner who has carved out a successful niche for himself, leading the march for sustainability in the cut-throat London restaurant scene. Robin Gill start his cheffing career in Irish kitchens but quickly moved to London where he focused on gaining experience in Michilin starred establishments. Robin was recently one of the judges of TV3's Celebrity Masterchef & will be taking part in the Ballymaloe Litfest event in two weekend's time.

Saturday 29th April

Hell and Back

Hell and Back - the infamous obstacle course in Wicklow - pulls in over 3,000  people at each event and the company behind it now has turnover of about €1 million.    We sent Liam Geraghty to run, jump and report on the course ahead of it's next outing in June.

Sullivans Brewing

Paul Smithwick relaunched a brand that used to belong to a rival family, the Sullivans, and earlier this week Sullivan’s 'Maltings Red Ale' was awarded the title of Champion Keg Ale at the International Brewing Awards earlier this week. We spoke to The company’s CEO Alan Quane and Chief Financial Officer, Dan Smithwick.

Forest Businesses

From ziplines whizzing high up in the trees to bike trails , As official figur it seems that nowadays with Irish forests offering visitor experiences – maybe money does grow on trees. Evelyn O’Rourke went a took a look at this growth area for us.

Colin Harmon

Colin Harmon of 3FE has learned a lot about his trade ever since he first participated in the World Barista Championships in 2009, so much so that he figures there’s a book in it... He has just published the aptly-titled 'What I Know About Running Coffee Shops'.

Simon Coveney - Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Development

The government announced the latest proposal to tackle the housing crisis in Ireland, offering over 800 sites that are currently owned by city and county councils and state bodies such as the IDA and the HSE to property developers and housing agencies. Simon Coveney - Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Development spoke with us.

Saturday 22nd April

Around The World

Siobhán O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine and joined Richard for our monthly look at some of the week's international stories that might have escaped your attention. Top of the list is a high-tech juicing machine that lost out when pitted against a pair of human hands.

Is There Cash In Your Handbag?

Our own reporter Liam Geraghty has been trying to discover if handbags are worth the investment.

Burning Man - Where Money Has No Value...

The legendary Californian festival is famous for many things including it's ethos of money having no value. But for all it's right-on principals Burning Man has been making the headlines over the lavish lengths that weathly CEOs have gone to in making their experience more comfortable - Richard spoke to one of the founders, Harley Du Bois.

How Does Ireland Value Science?

There will be a 'March for Science' in Dublin this afternoon, but just how much do we value the sciences here in Ireland? Debating Ireland's approach to scientific research funding and focus are Ruth Freeman and Professor Luke Drury

Lorna Ross And Her 30 Year Career In Design

Lorna grew up in Blackrock and spent 27 years in the US pursuing a fascinating career in fashion design, computers and wearable technology. She is now back to her Dublin roots and heading up Accenture's new Global Innovation Hub, The Fjord Studio.

Saturday 15th April

Composing for a Living

On Thursday Dublin saw a big musical anniversary marking the 275 years since the 17th Century German composer, George Frideric Handel wowed audiences with the first performance of his choral masterpiece, The Messiah on Fishamble Street. Our reporter Liam Geraghty has been looking at the business of composing.

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