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Wednesday, January 9th 2008



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NEIL HUGHES
IT'S A NEW IRLEAND IN TERMS OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP WITH LOTS OF NEW BUSINESSES APPARENTLY OPENING HERE LAST YEAR.

  • There were a thousand companies registered in 2007 by foreign nationals and there's about 40,000 PPS numbers given out by people from the accession states, so the reality is there's more and more foreign nationals setting up in business, not just in unskilled labour.
  • More and more people are setting up businesses for themselves.
  • More and more Hughes Blake customers are foreign nationals. It's no different to the Irish in the USA over the last 150 years
SO WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN IRELAND AND POLAND BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY THE POLES ARE THE BIGGEST GROUP OF FOREIGN NATIONALS IN IRELAND AT THE MOMENT?
  • European Championship to be staged in Poland in 2012
  • Poland to join the Eurozone (single economy) in the same year
  • At present from the 2m Polish workers in the UK and Ireland they're sending back 4.5bn per annum (which is over 10% of our GDP)The average wage in Poland has doubled in the last 5 years
  • Bank of Ireland estimate that between 6 and 10% of their new business start-ups are from outside Ireland


TIES
Over the past couple of decades, sartorial standards for men have changed.

In the past, a suit and tie was the standard uniform of the man going to the office, the professional, the bank manager, or the rest of us on the big days in our lives - the confirmation; the wedding day; the job interview.

Health authorities in Britain have said "the wearing of neck ties, other than bow ties, is now defined as poor practice in British hospitals."

Nowadays, dress codes have loosened and many people would say that this is all to the good. But, are we ready to let go of our notion that a well dressed doctor should be properly turned out in a tie. The Irish College of General Practitioners has thrown its tuppence worth into the ring on a debate that is happening in Britain. We speak to their spokesperson, Dr. Mel Bates.

HOW LONG WILL YOU LIVE?
If you are at home tonight, you might like to tune into How Long Will You Live? on RTE 1 at 8.30 pm. Because we often think of middle aged people reducing their life expectancy as a result of their lifestyles, we ignore the reality of young people and even teenagers doing damage with their party lifestyles.

Working, studying and partying - the life of the student is one we maybe all view with slightly rose-tinted glasses - but for 19 year old Rebecca Brady, it was all proving a bit too much.

Rebecca contacted the TV series 'How Long Will You Live?' for some help. You can see exactly how she got on later this evening but to give us a sneak preview, Rebecca is in studio to tell us about the changes she's made and on the line from Limerick we have the Stress Management Consultant and Coach Therese Ryan who worked with Rebecca in the series.

How Long Will You Live? - RTE 1 - 8.30pm



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