The Business

The Business

Saturday 10 - 11am


Saturday 8th December

Presents for the business person in your life

Coral Movaselli, from Girls in Tech joined us in studio for some advice on gadgets to buy your loved ones, while John Fanning from the Smurfit School of Business gave some advice on books to buy.

Making Millions from YouTube

Forbes published a list of the highest earning YouTube stars. An Athlone man, Sean McLoughlin, also known as Jacksepticeye, came in at number 8 in the magazine's top ten. We caught up with another YouTube star, Craig Thompson, also known as Mini Ladd,

A History of the Stamp

An Post tell us parcel deliveries are up 50% on last year. Stamp sales are also up 4%, the first increase in sales in 10 years. All very good for An Post's coffers, but what about stamp collecting as a way of making money? Stamp expert Mike Kelly joined us in studio.

Keeping It In The Family

We're on a search for the family with the most number of siblings who have set up their own businesses. To kick it off we asked Liam Geraghty to visit an entrepreneurial family on the Aran Islands. Meet the O'Conceanainns.

Sending Out Good Thoughts

Michelle Daly runs P & G Cards with her sister Aisling from their base in Co. Roscommon. Each year they sell between 9 and 10 million greeting cards here and overseas.

Brexit Bust

Economist Dan O'Brien and President of the Irish Road Haulage Association Verona Murphy discuss the leaked British Government claims that Ireland could not only face food shortages, but also a 7 per cent drop in gross domestic product, if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal.

Saturday 1st December

Young Entrepreneurs

Students of St Kevin's NS in Kilnamanagh talked about games they would like to see created in an ideal world.

Craftsmen still creating classic toys

The rocking horse has had its ups and downs in the popularity stakes. It was a firm favourite during the Victorian period, but by the 1960's it seemed like the craft was disappearing forever. Fortunately, a few skilled craftsmen are still making them and our reporter Liam Geraghty went to meet one in County Longford.

The Toy Producers

Aine Conacur of Thinking Toys and Padraig Cuddy of The Field talk about the business of toys.

He's Behind You!

Christmas with children wouldn't be same without a trip to a panto. Around since the 1600's, pantomimes are seen as a quaint British tradition, but actually the idea stemmed in Italy. We're joined by the family behind the Helix Panto, mother and daughter Rita and Claire Tighe and Claire's husband Aidan Mannion.

The history of the Monopoly board

Christmas time is all fun and games until the monopoly board comes out. Journalist Frank McNally took a look at the hidden history of our favourite board game and the woman who was written out of that story.

We often hear how easy it is to write a children's book, but is that really the case? We asked business people Aine Kerr, Michael Dawson and

We often hear how easy it is to write a children's book, but is that really the case? We asked business people Aine Kerr, Michael Dawson and Tommy Bowe to give it a go. Their efforts were judged by writer Shane Hegarty and Elaina Ryan, Director of Children's Books Ireland.

Saturday 24th November

Dublin Markets

The growing economy here has been a very welcome development for many businesses. But Dublin Flea market was a product of the recession and has suffered as a result of land re-development and increasing rent prices.

Around the World

Business Plus Magazine's Siobhán O'Connell brings us around the world for stories that have been garnering attention further afield.

Football Financing

This week we saw the departure of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane from the FAI and it looks like one former manager is set to return reminding of world cups of old. There's been speculation that in the end O'Neill's dismissal was a financial one by the FAI. But are finances playing a role in our team's poor performance?

EU Brexit Summit

Jenifer Ranken, Brussels correspondent with The Guardian and Tom McTague, Chief UK Corresponndent with Politico bring us the latest from Brussels and London on the looming EU Brexit summit.

The Irish Border

'26 pages of waffle' is how Jeremy Corbyn has described Theresa May's Brexit deal. The Prime Minister on the other hand says it's the best deal for the UK. We go to The Irish Border to find out how he's feeling about it all.

Rita Shah, Shabra Plastics & Recycling

Kenyan born woman of Indian origin, Rita Shah, has been living in Ireland since the 1980s. She moved here to set up Shabra Plastics and Recycling with the well known horse trainer Oliver Brady.

Saturday 17th November

Room to Rent

People have been called on to rent out their spare rooms as a means of tackling the housing crisis. We think it’s a new phenomenon but actually it has been happening for years. DCU Lecturer, Ruth McManus, joins us to discuss.

Ghost of Business Past

The Old Player Wills factory is just one of many derelict businesses in Dublin, which could potentially help with our housing crisis. Our reporter Liam Geraghty has been looking at why some of these buildings are lying vacant.

She's in Fashion

Joanne Hynes is celebrating her fifth season creating exclusively for Dunnes Stores. She is a fashion designer originally from Tuam in County Galway and has designed pieces for Amy Huberman, Laura Whitmore and even Lady Gaga.

Women in Business

Charles Moore, a biography of Margaret Thatcher commented that women at the top can often find themselves more isolated than men. Paypal's Louise Phelan and Ellen Kavanagh of Waxperts are part of a mentorship programme called Going for Growth. They discuss whether this issue applies in business.

Brexit : Another View

Frances Ruane, economist and former Director of the ESRI and Katie Daughen, Head of Brexit Policy at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce discuss the implications of Brexit.

Businesses on Brexit

'Take the deal or leave it' : European Leaders have decided this is the best approach to take with the British Government on Brexit. We're joined by Damien Kennedy of Wheyhey Ice-cream and John Paul Deehan a Derry Florist.

Saturday 10th November

The Comeback Kings and Queens

The Spice Girls join a long list of artists announcing comeback tours. So are they back for the adulation, or the money, or both? Stuart Clarke from Hotpress Magazine joins us to discuss.

The Boom is Back?

Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Ed Sibley, talks Brexit, Mortgage rates and whether we are more wealthy as a nation now than during the Celtic Tiger period.

Culinary Tales From Our Past

Máirtín Mac Con Iomaire, lecturer in Culinary Arts and Food technology at DIT, talks about the evolution of restaurants in Ireland.

A Slice of Bray's Food History

One of Ireland's first ever pizzerias, Pizzas N Cream, was founded in Bray in 1986. They closed their doors this week and Liam Geraghty was there as the dough ran out.

Ryanair Fly Back Into The News

Barry O'Halloran from The Irish Times discusses why the French authorities seized a plane forcing 149 passengers to disembark on Thursday.

New Beginnings After Storyful

Mark Little and Áine Kerr both have a background in tradition journalism working in places like RTÉ and The Irish Independent. They started working together in Storyful, which was later sold for 18 million euro in 2013. They're back with a new business, an on-line news service called Kinzen.

Saturday 3rd November

Back To Basics.

Medical students have spent so much time in front of screens and so little time using their hands that they've lost the dexterity for stitching or sewing up patients. That's according to Professor Roger Kneebone. Liam Geraghty has been finding out about the companies that teach life skills.

Grainne Seoige on forging a career in diamonds.

Grainne Seoige has a new sparkling career in diamonds. Now two years into the business, she joins us from South Africa.

Jacqueline O’Donovan talks recycling, recessions and relationships.

Jacqueline O’Donovan, became managing director of O’Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd at the age of 19. The company is one of the largest independent waste companies in London, dealing predominately with waste from construction sites. It was established by her father in 1959.

Adrian Weckler and John Geary discuss the protests.

Adrian Weckler, tech editor with The Irish Independent and John Geary, UCD Professor of Employment Relations and Human Resource talk about why the uprising of workers in Google is happening.

Coders of the world unite

Thousands of workers in Google staged a walkout of their offices worldwide in protest at the company's handling of sexual harassment cases. Many were surprised at the protest as it was seen as a very unusual move for staff to take. Coral Movasseli of the Dublin branch of Girls in Tech explains why the protests took place.

Saturday 20th October

Scary Business

Brave reporter Liam Geraghty has been taking a look at some of the businesses making dough from Dracula.

Tommy Bowe's adventures in fashion

Tommy Bowe is well known for his speed on the pitch, but now he’s tackling the fashion industry.

Business issues post Brexit

Julie Sinnamon, CEO of Enterprise Ireland on what Irish businesses are facing post Brexit.

Bogroll Brexit trade - after the British leave

Dr Edgar Morgenroth of DCU Business School explains the potential pitfalls of Brexit.

The re-invention of Dylan McGrath

Restaurateur Dylan McGrath, the once angry young chef, has tried to re-invent himself. It’s a decade since he won his first Michelin star at Mint restaurant. It went down during the recession, but he has bounced back to open several restaurants including Rustic Stone and Fade Street Social.

Saturday 6th October

Time Called on Daylight Savings?

The Government has confirmed that the Irish public will be consulted on whether the State should end the practice of changing our clocks in Spring and Autumn. We gave our reporter Liam Geraghty some time to gather the thoughts of businesses on how this will affect them.

Protesting the Budget

This week over 10,000 protesters took to the streets to protest against the Government’s housing policy. But will these protests be in Paschal Donohoe's mind as he delivers Budget 2019? UCC Senior Lecturer and Sociologist, Niamh Hourigan, has been exploring whether protests have ever had an impact on decisions within the Department of Finance.

Ashoka Mody on Ireland, Brexit and the European Project

As Budget day looms, we've heard lots about household taxes and plenty about Brexit too. But what about other external factors. Former IMF official Ashoka Mody was a familiar face on these shores when the Troika were in town. He is very concerned about the future of the Euro. He also has concerns about Ireland. He joins us from Princeton.

Budget Breakdown

It looks like the Government has more money to spend in next week's budget than what was originally expected. The pre-budget White Paper was published this morning, it shows a surplus of more than €600 million, mainly due to strong growth in income tax receipts. Cliff Taylor of The Irish Times explains.

London Calling

Last week we brought you the view from the Irish Border on Brexit. This week saw more Brexit shenanigans so we decided to ask London based Irish comedian Gráinne Maguire to give her take on how the Irish Diaspora are feeling as Brexit looms.

The Kennedy Sisters

Louise and Caroline Kennedy occupy two different business worlds. Louise has run one of Ireland’s most recognisable fashion labels for decades. Caroline runs her own Public Relations company. Originally from Tipperary, business is in their blood. For many years their parents ran a drapery shop JK Maloneys in Thurles.

Saturday 30th June

Personal Brand - Louise Campbell

On Monday morning at work, have a scan around your office, are you surrounded by Scrum ninjas, Digital prophets & Directors of Better, do you have a an equally evocative job title that makes you & your job sound cool? The fact is that modern job title arms race has accelerated in recent years. Louise Campbell of Robert Walters Recruitment Agency joins Richard in studio.

Wrestling - Liam Geraghty

For wrestling fans, the 80s are often referred to as the 'Golden Age' as the expansion of cable televison & pay per-view, coupled with the efforts of promoters brought wrestling to a wider audience. Our reporter Liam Geraghty has been looking at the growing wrestling scene in Ireland.

Max Benjamin

Ten years ago Wickow brothers, David & Mark van Den Bergh developed the Max Benjamin brand of candles out of a craft candle enterprise their sister Orla founded in the late 1990s. Their scented candles & diffusers are now sold around the world in 45 different countries. David & Mark join Richard in studio this morning.

Rediscovery Centre

Underneath the candy-striped chimney of one of Ballymun's most iconic buildings is a community business dedicated to getting more out of the things we throw away. The Rediscovery Centre refurbishes & recycles everything from furniture to fashion, bicyles to paint, all of which are then sold in the centre's eco store. Sinéad Egan reports.

Profile: Mary McKenna - Tour America

Richard is joined by Mary McKenna, founder & MD of Tour America, a company that has survived Nine-Eleven, the Icelandic ash cloud & an earth-shaking recession & yet has never failed to profit.

Saturday 23rd June

Music - Gráinne Cotter

The jazz singer Gráinne Cotter sings 'Change Me'.

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Presenter: Richard Curran

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