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    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.

    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...

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