Some good economic news emerged yesterday evening, when credit ratings agency Fitch, became the second firm to upgrade Irish debt to A minus. However, this week also saw the loss of 160 jobs in Carrick-on-Shannon. So, is the recovery really here? We took to the roads of Ireland to find out.
All week, international eyes have been focused on tensions in Iraq, and particuarly Kurdistan where ISIS militants have advanced periously close to the capital Irbil. But beyond the news headlines, what's life like on the ground? Brian O'Cathain is the CEO of oil company PetroCeltic. He's been working in the region for a number of years.
This week, developer Michael O'Flynn portrayed himself as a "David standing up to a Goliath" when he won back control of his property interests from an interim examiner installed by private equity firm, Blackstone. It's not the first time that Blackstone has appeared in the press. But who is Blackstone? We're joined by Bloomberg's John Morris.
Tomm Moore of Kilkenny based Cartoon Saloon is one of the leading lights in Ireland's animation scene. He's just about to release his new film "Song of the Sea", and he joins us to give us an insight into the animation industry.
This week saw teenagers around the country receive their Leaving Cert results, and begin their journey to the next step of their lives. But are there particular areas they should be focusing on if they want to be sure of employment in 5 or 10 years? Louise Campbell of Robert Walters Recruitment and Gerard O'Neill of Amarach Consulting discuss.