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Saturday 18th November

Around The World

Siobhán O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine and joined us for a monthly look at some of the week's international stories that might have escaped your attention.

Black Friday

Get your elbows at the ready as the Black Friday sales return. Our own shop-a-holic reporter takes a look inside the phenomenon of the day that has been known to cause out and out brawls in the aisles.

The Gig Economy

Employment rights have been topical lately with legislation addressing 'Zero Hour Contracts' on track. Reporter Eoghan McLaughin took a look at what entitlements workers should have when they are answerable to an app like Uber or Delveroo rather than a human boss after some recent decisions in employment cases.

'Keep Cups' and the 'Latte Levy'

'Keep Cup' founder Abigail Forsyth joined us from Melbourne to discuss the disastrous waste potential of disposable cups. In recent weeks our government has been considering a so-called 'latte levy' to help combat the staggering 2 million cups sent to landfill every single day in Ireland alone.

Neal Davies New CEO of BBDO Dublin

After nearly two decades in the U.S. working at Madison Avenue's most prominent advertising agencies, real life Ad-Man Neal Davies is now in Dublin to take charge of the advertising campaigns of some of Ireland's most cherished brands.

Saturday 11th November

Cactus World News

Being a musician was a tough enough gig to make a living off back in the day & even more so now. Liam Geraghty went to meet Frank Kearns, co-founder of Irish Rock band formed in Dublin in 1984 - Cactus World News.

Dairy Master - Dr Edmond Harty

Joining Richard is Dr Edmond Harty, the CEO of Dairymaster, a company based in Causeway, Co Kerry where it employs over 360 people in roles ranging from manufacturing, sales through to engineering, software & more. Established by his father Ned, it now has customers in 40 countries worldwide for its product range, including milk machines, cooling tanks & the 'Moomonitor'.

Future of Banking

Brett King is a leading mind in predicting where banking & financial services will go in the next few decades. He was in Dublin recently to take part in Deloitte's Future of Financial Services Event at the Science Gallery & Sinéad Egan caught up with him there.

Diaceutics - Peter Keeling

A report published earlier this week by the Nat Cancer Registry showed that we are gaining some headway in out battle against the disease with more people than ever responding positively to treatment. Peter Keeling is the founder & CEO of Dundalk based Diaceutics & he joins Richard in studio.

Pippa Malmgren

Richard's first guest, Pippa Malmgren kicked off her White House career under President Ronald Reagan & later with George W Bush working as Special Assistant for Economic Policy. Pippa is in Ireland to take part in the Kilkenomics Festival which is on in Kilkenny this very weekend.

Saturday 4th November

Jack Dangermond - Esri Digital Mapping

Jack Dangermond & his wife Laura founded their company Esri - Environmental Systems research Institute in their hometown of Redlands, California in 1969. Starting with a modest eleven hundred dollars in their bank account, still based in Redlands, the valuation of the digital mapping company is now estimated by Forbes to be around the 4 billion dollar mark.

Star Wars & Film Industry

This year marks the 65th anniversary of John Ford's classic film The Quiet Man, filmed at locations in Mayo & Galway, marking the beginning of Hollywood's love affair with Irish scenery which has popped up again in the form of Skellig Michael in the trailer of the latest Star Wars instalment. Liam Geraghty reports.

Apple Trillions

With the launch of the iPhoneX, yesterday the market value of the Apple company briefly hit 900 billion dollars, prompting analysts to predict the company is on course to become the world's first trillion dollar company. Emma McNamara of RTE News joins Richard in studio.

John Collison - Stripe

Originally from Limerick, John Collison & his older brother Patrick, started the payments platform Stripe in 2009 after successfully selling their first venture. Stripe is now valued at more than 9 million dollars, with names like Elon Musk & Peter Theil on board as investors, the future of the innovative payments platform looks strong.

Saturday 28th October

Nicola Byrne - Cloud 90

Founder of 11890 Director Enquiries, Nicola Byrne is forging a way for businesses floundering their way through social media feedback & has branched out with Cloud 90, which keeps watch for company reputations online and helps them respond.

Dark Tourism - Liam Geraghty

Spooks, scares & general grimness are not just for Hallowe'en, when it comes to how we spend our leisure time, espcially on holidays. Liam Geraghty has been looking at the link between tourism & our fascination with humanity's darker side.

Ciara Donlon - Theya Healthcare

Richard's next guest walked away from her job with Vodafone to take the opportunity to set up her own enterprise, selling high quality lingerie in her own boutique in Ranelagh. Ciara Donlon is in studio this morning.

Tracker Mortgages Scandal

The Dept of Finance have summoned heads of the banks to account for their behaviour in the ongoing tracker scandal. Serious questions remain around issues of corporate governance of the banks themselves & whether the Central Bank has sufficient power to protect the interest of customers. Cliff Taylor of the Irish Times joins Richard in studio this morning.

Michael Earls - EasyFix

Michael Earls grew up in rural east Galway & in the late nineties set up his own company, EasyFix, with the plan to make rubber mats to improve the comfort of animals in sheds. Now EasyFix products populate sheds of farms around the world, from the US to New Zealand. Michael joins Richard this morning.

Saturday 21st October

London Publican

One of London's best known publicans retired after 32 years running the award-winning Churchill Arms pub near Notting Hill. Clareman Gerry O'Brien has been speaking to Robert Mulhern about his successful life as a landlord in a pub thats become a London landmark.

Around the World

Siobhán O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine & joins Richard in studio this morning for our monthly look as some of the week's international stories that may have escaped your attention.

E commerce - Liam Geraghty

Christmas has been on the minds of retailers for months now & once shoppers get the heads in gear, having a website in full festive working order is imperative of converting sales. Liam Geraghty reports.

Wolfgang Koenig - Kelloggs

Originally from Germany Wolfgang Koenig had been heading up the Kelloggs operation in Ireland, which is responsible for managing the American cereal giant's business throughout Europe, the Middle East & Africa.

Tracker Mortgages

Richard is joined in studio this morning by Ian Guider of the Sunday Business Post who is writing about the Tracker scandal this week.

Saturday 14th October


Conducting an interview is a skill & one that for the sake of both sides in the exchange, deserves to be finely tuned. Louise Campbell, MD of Robert Walters Recruitment is here in studio with a few tips on how to ask the right question.


Fergal Nealon is the man behind - an app where locals can upload their stories for tourists to listen to as they travel throughout the country. The app was winner of Best Pitch at the DCU Ryan Academy U-start Accelerator Programme Demo Day last week & Liam Geraghty has the story.

Data Centres

Subject to planning permission, the commercial court announced it was clearing the way for the multinational tech giant, Apple, to build a data centre in Athenry, Co Galway. It seems Ireland has become something of a global destination for these facilities, with Microsoft announcing it would be powering its Dublin based data centre with wind energy sourced in Kerry. Joining Richard in studio this morning is Maurice Mortell, Managing Director of Equinox Ireland.

Behavioural Economics

Earlier this week it was announced that this year's Nobel Prize for Economics went to Professor Richard Thaler of the University of Chicago. Thaler's theories now underpin many of the directions modern governments & societies are taking these days from opt out policies for organ donation to the popularity of e-cigarettes. Professor Liam Delaney of the Geary Institute in UCD joins Richard in studio this morning.

Evelyn O'Toole

Twenty three years ago Clifden woman Evelyn O'Toole founded her own expert testing company with a vision to support fellow scientists living & working in the West of Ireland. Her company Complete Lab Solutions has grown in scope & scale ever since, with a client list made up of indigenous & multinational names.

Saturday 7th October

Master Brewer - Liam Geraghty

Retirement for many is a time to kick-back & enjoy life. But for master brewer William Harvey, four years in, he wanted out! Liam Geraghty brings us the story of a man crafting a new career in craft beer.

Catalonia Independence Referendum

One week after the vote the reverberations of the Independence referendum in Catalonia continue to shudder through European politics. Yesterday, the Spanish government apologised for the level of violence used to suppress the vote, while still calling the vote itself an illegal act. Politics aside & sticking with the economics, will independence work for the people of the region? In studio with Richard is Dan O'Brien, chief economist at the Institute of International & European Affairs.

Dublin Bus Transgender Guidelines

As part of its Equality, Diversity and Non-Discrimination Strategy, Dublin Bus has launched one of the most comprehensive and advanced Workplace Gender Transition Policy and Guidelines in the country. In studio with Richard this morning are Vivenne Kavanagh, Employee Development & Equality Executive at Dublin Bus & Sara Philips, Chair of the Transgender Equality Network in Ireland.

Stephen McCarthy - Bid X 1

Richard's next guest is Stephen McCarthy who formed a company that partnered with the British firm, Allsops, to hold much-publicised auctions of commercial & residential assets on behalf of receivers. The Irish operation has bought Allsops out & is under the new name Bid x 1.

Budget Preview

We are only days away from knowing what the government's fiscal plans for the next twelve months are going to be. As Budget day rolls in Richard is joined in studio by Dr Anthony Foley, Lecturer in Economics at the DCU School of Business & Áine Brolly, Founder & CEO of executive recruitment company, Ardlinn.

Saturday 30th September


It's September & Back to School Time, so we are talking about the business of headlice & treatments with Evelyn O'Rourke.

Chris Horn - Technology

Chris Horn was a computer science lecturer when he & some of his colleagues set up Iona Technologies as an on-campus company in Trinity College Dublin. By 1997 it became only the 2nd Irish company ever floated on the Nasdaq, raising 137 million dollars in the process. He has since been active as investor & mentor to Irish tech & he joins Richard in studio this morning.

Pregnancy & Baby Fair

Like many expectant parents, Jennifer Shjaw found herself micromanaging her first pregnancy to such a degree that she spotted an interesting gap in the market. Together with her colleague turned business partner, Clare Finnan, they set about launching a retail event aimed at parents of the more than 70,000 babies born in Ireland every year.

EU Taxation

In the aftermath of last weekend's German elections, has the balance of power in Europe lurched away from Angela Merkle towards Emanuel Macron? Joining Richard in studio is Frank Barry, Economist at the Trinity School of Business & Emenuelle Schon-Quinlivan, lecturer in politics in UCC.

Saturday 23rd September

Biz Around the World

Siobhán O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine & joins Richard in studio for our monthly look at some of the week's international stories.

Wellness - Liam Geraghty

Research conducted by Ibec earlier this year found out that six out of ten employees are more likely to stay long-term with an employer who shows an interest in their health & well being, while nearly half would leave a job where they perceived an employer did not care about their well-being. Liam Geraghty reports.


Earlier this week the government announced the roll out of Electricity Smart Meters across the country which will bring with them the prospect of real-time consumption information & end house to house calls for meter readings. Joining Richard in studio is Paul Melia, Environment Editor of the Irish Independent.

Book - Kill Bad Meetings

We've all been there, an interminable, directionless meeting where none of the attendees actually want to be & precisely zero decisions are taken. Richard's next guests, father and son, Kevan & Alan Hall are authors of a no-holds-barred title of a new book 'Kill Bad Meetings'.

Thia Hennessy

The Ploughing was on this week reminding people at large of the special place we have for the land in our hearts & Richard's next guest has spent her life immersed in what has long been the beating heart of the Irish identity - the agricultural economy. Thia Hennessy, Head of the Department of Food Business & Development & Chair of Agri-Food Economics at Cork University Business School .

UK PM's Brexit Speech

Theresa May has proposed remaining in the single market for a transition period of around two years after Brexit. In a landmark Brexit speech in Florence, the PM said existing market arrangements should continue to apply during a two-year implementation period after Britain leaves the bloc in March 2019. Richard is joined by Justin Urquhart-Stewart, MD of Seven Investment Management in London.

Saturday 16th September

Coal Mining - Liam Geraghty

With the chill in the air this week, it's fair to say that the Indian summer we might have hoped for was a non-event! But it is not all bad news, the prospect of a cold winter is music to the ears of the businesses in this country that deliver coal. Liam Geraghty hopped into the trucks to find out!

Facial Recognition Technology

Apple launched a much anticipated & very expensive new device this week, the iPhone TEN, which has an armoury of cool new innovations, the ability to recognise the users face. This capability is being used as a security feature on the device but of course may open the door to other potential uses. In studio with Richard is Adrian Weckler, Irish Independent's Technology Editor.

Tech Against Terrorism

With the growth of our online world, the issue of how to deal with the darker content on the web - such as terrorist & extremist content presents an ever growing challenge for tech companies. Evelyn O'Rourke went along to the Tech Against Terrorism conference held in Dublin recently.

Taxation & EU partners

In the same week as the head of the Fiscal Advisory Council, Séamus Coffey published his report into Ireland's corporation tax policies, European Commission President, Jean Claude Juncker has again drawn attention to the tension between this country & our EU partners. Joining Richard in studio is Joe Tynan, Head of Tax at PwC & from our Limerick studio we have Prof Sheila Killian of the Kemmy School of Business at UL.

Michael Dowling - Northwell Health

Richard's first guest this morning is Michael Dowling, President & CEO of Northwell Health, a network of hospitals, medical schools & health insurance providers. With over 60,000 people on its payroll, it is the number one employer in the New York state with revenues of more than 11 billion dollars.

Saturday 9th September

Jonathan Self - Ethical Business

Joining Richard from our Cork studio this morning is Jonathan Self, who has written a book based on his own experience of succeeding in buisness, titled 'Good Money: Become an Ethical Entrepreneur, Change the World, Feel Better'

30th Anniversary of Erasmus

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Erasmus, the education program that has seen over 60,000 students & staff from Ireland travelling to one of the other 32 eligible destinations for study periods or trainee-ships. Liam Geraghty has been looking back at its 30 year history.

Barry Possner - Leadership

He is the Accolti Professor of Leadership at the Leavey School of Business in Santa Clara University, in the Silicone Valley & co-author of many books including 'The Leadership Challenge', world management expert Barry Possner joins Richard this morning.

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Presenter: Richard Curran

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