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Saturday 9th November

Climate Business

Well, sticking with climate change - there are a number of Irish companies and businesses going above and beyond to try and achieve a zero-carbon status. They say it helps win over customers and even attract new staff… Our reporter Liam Geraghty has been meeting the businesses doing their bit for the planet

Climate future

One of the more unexpected images in the news this week was of a group of people in swimwear, protesting climate change. To talk through some of the trends for consumers and companies we’re joined by Tomas Sercovich, CEO of Business in the Community Ireland, and Professor John Walsh from UCD

Regulating Porn

Earlier this week, two children were sentenced for the murder of Ana Kriegel. Although they were only 13 at the time, one of them had thousands of graphic, violent pornographic images on his phone. What are the responsibilities of the platforms hosting pornography? We ask Dr Kate Dawson, from the Active Consent Programme at NUIG.

Paul Krugman

Sticking with high-end investments, and the 1% who can afford to pay out phone book numbers for art - this is an area that my next guest knows a thing or two about. Paul Krugman is an economist and nobel laureate, and he is in Ireland taking part in the Kilkenomics Festival of economics and comedy in Kilkenny this weekend.

Barbara Dawson Hugh Lane

The controversial question of ownership of the Hugh Lane collection of paintings has been cropping up over the years. WB Yeats, Lady Gregory, Michael Collins and Jack Lynch are among the many who have fought to bring the collection back to Ireland. Barbara Dawson has been at the helm of the Hugh Lane Gallery for a quarter of that century.

Kevin Lunney Attack Latest

It's seven weeks after Kevin Lunney was tortured by a gang who abducted him from near his home in Fermanagh. During police raids of properties here and in England, a suspect died. He has been named as Cyril McGuinness, also known as “Jimmy Dublin”. So what does this mean for the investigation? We ask retired Chief Superintendent John O’Brien.

Saturday 2nd November

Rich Girl Face

‘Rich Girl Face’ is the name given to a certain look that many women are paying through the nose to achieve. Men too are spending more on trying to look younger. But some are complaining that it’s an example of the wealthy gaining unfair advantage on those less well off. We speak to Roe McDermott, journalist with the Irish Times and Hotpress.

Juggling Everything

The term rat race has been around for a long time. Some suggest it’s been used as far back as the late 1930s and the fact that it's still used now shows that not a whole lot has changed. People are still trying to make a living, while having a life and feeling exhausted the whole time. Liam Geraghty has been finding out more.

The Gig Economy

Film director Ken Loach is well known for tackling numerous social issues in his films. His new film - ‘Sorry We Missed You’ puts a focus on ‘the gig economy’. Some people claim the gig economy has its advantages, but are they right? We’re joined by journalist Fionn Rogan and Gillian Horan, CEO of employer brand company The Pudding

Tackling Tech

The fallout of Mark Zuckerberg’s comments that Facebook won’t ban political advertising, even if it includes lies, rumbles on. The company has been accused of assaulting the truth, of allowing crazy lies to be pumped into the water supply. Twitter meanwhile, has been praised for saying they won’t take advertising revenue from political parties. We’re joined by Liz Carolan of Digital Action, an organisation that looks at digital threats to democracy.

David McRedmond

we’re joined by a man who has turned around the fortunes of An Post. When he took over the company it was losing 12 million a year. Last year it made a profit of 40 million. Before An Post, he was the head of TV3, chief executive of Eircom and an Operations Director with Waterstones.

Saturday 26th October

Halloween Business

The pumpkins have been carved, the fake webs strewn across hedges and mounds of monkey nuts at the ready! Halloween has become big business for some as our fearsome reporter Liam Geraghty has been finding out.

Peter Sutherland, The Globalist Book

John Walsh is the author of the newly-released biography of Peter Sutherland. Sutherland, in the public sector, was instrumental in shaping the global economy. He was given the moniker ‘The Globalist’ after the success of his work on the Uruguay Round of Global Trade negotiations in 1993.

Human smuggling and trafficking

The tragic news of the deaths of 39 people in Essex this week is front and centre of the newspapers this morning. Who is profiting from this criminal and predatory industry? Who is this money being paid to? We ask Lucia Bird, Senior Analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime:

Is your accent holding you back?

New research from Yale University suggests that recruiters are still making assumptions about candidates based on their accents – and hiring people who sound like themselves. Dr Elaine Vaughan from the University of Limerick, joins us from Limerick and Writer and Playwright Emmet Kirwin joins us in studio to tell us more.

Noel and Valerie Moran

Noel and Valerie Moran’s business made a turnover last year of over 70 million euro. Prepaid Financial Services is one of the fastest growing technology companies and e-money payment institutions in Europe. They speak to us live in studio about their business and its journey.

Saturday 19th October

Rugby - Ireland vs New Zealand

We’re going head-to-head with the All Blacks in the World Cup quarter finals today. As the scrums measure up on the pitch, we decided to take a look at how the two countries measure up when it comes to their vital statistics. We ask Kiwi-turned-Irishman Dean Hand, who owns the convenience store Hand’s Daybreak, in Clerihan Tipperary:

The Language of Brexit

Another word was added to the Brexit Dictionary, GINO, Government In Name Only. So many terms have been introduced since the word Brexit itself was coined, that it’s hard to keep up. Tony Thorne, a visiting linguist consultant at King’s College has been collecting some Brexit terms and sussing out the intentions of those that use them

A Good Deal for Business?

There was a lot of relief when the deal was struck this week. But is it a good deal for business and the economy? We ask Martina Lawless from the ESRI, who is the author of multiple papers on trade and Brexit.

Brexit Latest

It’s Super Saturday. It’s going to be hard to tear ourselves away from radios and TVs today with all the action. MPs tackling Boris Johnson in parliament, the Irish and the All Blacks taking strips off each other on the pitch. But first let’s go to the latest on Brexit We’re joined by Enda Brady from Sky News

History of the Fruitmarket

Nick Corcoran and his husband’s bid will be one of many for the Victorian Market. Sticking with that market, it’s a place that’s steeped in history. Liam Geraghty has been looking back at Smithfield’s Fruitmarket through the decades

From Fruit stalls to Finance

Nick Corcoran has been in business since he was a teenager. His career brought him from street trading to Wall St trading. Along with Nigel McDermott he set up Cardinal Capital Group. They’re well known for their investment in Bank of Ireland with Wilbur Ross and for taking on companies such as Lily O’Briens, Payzone and AA Ireland.

Saturday 12th October

In The Picture

Well maybe it is time to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. On that note we might consider the business of picture framing to be a gentle leisurely kind of pursuit. But is it? Liam Geraghty, whose always in a good frame of mind, has been checking it out.

Clocking Off

This week the Financial Services Union called for a ‘right to disconnect’ legislation to be put in place. But is it a practical solution? We ask a Futures of Work expert Peter Cosgrove. He’s a firm believer that the whole family should be unplugged from devices and just published a book called Family Fun Unplugged.

Around The World

Besides Brexit, there were plenty of other stories making headlines around the world this week. Siobhan O’Connell of Business Plus magazine joins us to share some of her favourites

The Blame Game

The power plays of Brexit changed quite a lot this week. Earlier it looked like many were positioning to take the least amount of blame for things. Now it looks as if Boris Johnson is trying to pull people behind him, to sell a deal that may not palatable for some. We speak to Organisational Psychologist Louize Carroll on people blaming others.

A Legend of business on Brexit - Chris Haskins

Chris Haskins is a legend of business on these two islands. Originally from Co. Wicklow, he’s the former head of Northern Foods. He’s also been involved in politics. He was given the moniker ‘Rural Tsar’ for his role advising Tony Blair. These days he maintains business interests and sits in the House of Lords as a Labour peer.

Brexit Update

Brexit remains front page news in all of the main papers, as talks intensify. Sebastian Payne is the Financial Times’ Whitehall Correspondent and provides a London perspective on these updates.

Saturday 5th October

#MeToo: Two years on, what's changed?

Dr Christine Cross, Head of Department of Work and Employment Studies at UL talks about the impact of the #MeToo campaign on the workplace, and what changes have occurred over the last two years.

Brexit and Northern Ireland businesses

Áine is joined by Tina McKenzie, CEO of Grafton Recruitment and Chair of the Federation of Small Businesses for Northern Ireland and Grainne Kelly, CEO of Bubblebum to talk about the impact of Brexit on businesses of Northern Ireland.

Faber & Faber: The Untold Story

Author Toby Faber wrote the book 'Faber & Faber: The Untold Story' about the publishing company set up by his grandfather 90 years ago.

Instagram at 9

Liam Geraghty reports on the businesses getting themselves picture-perfect especially for Instagram, the popular photo app that turns 9 this week.

Tom Lyons and Ian Kehoe on The Currency

Journalists Tom Lyons and Ian Kehoe join Áine to talk about their new venture in business journalism - the subscription-only publication 'The Currency'.

Saturday 21st September

Taxidermy Tales

Taxidermy, the process of stuffing animals to preserve them has grown in popularity again, mostly in the States. Next weekend our National Taxidermy Championships will take place in Limerick. Hobbyists and professionals will battle it out to be judged by leading taxidermists. Liam Geraghty has been looking into this world of feathers and fur.

Cheap Irish Houses

There's been a lot of conversations on social media about how impossible it is for younger people and middle income earners to buy a home. It seems Maggie Molloy is onto something with her Instagram account Cheap Irish Houses. Her followers have jumped from 300 people to over 20,000 people in the space of a few weeks.

Bodyguards in Business

We talked about the dreadful attack on Quinn Industrial Holdings Executive Kevin Lunney. As we know that kind of incident is not very common in Irish business. We ask Daniel Cluskey of Global Risk Solutions to look at the threats facing executives in Ireland.

Festivals from Jeddah to Red Square

Meath man, Robert Quirke, has spent the last six years working with various governments in countries such as Bulgaria and Saudi Arabia to introduce large scale music events - which are later broadcast on MTV. His latest one in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia caused quite a stir. We ask him how he got into the business

Is Michael O'Leary Worth it?

Michael O’Leary could make 100 million euros over the next five years after shareholders agreed to his bonus. Some of them complained that there was no justification. Meanwhile the company has 900 jobs at risk. Is Michael O'Leary worth it? We ask Norman Crowley, CEO of Crowley Carbon and Professor Sheila Killian at the University of Limerick.

Alan Dukes on Kevin Lunney Attack

Kenny Lunney, an executive of Quinn Industrial Holdings, was kidnapped from outside his home and savagely beaten. It's the latest in a long line of attacks on executives of the company. Lunney has been with the company for many years. We speak to Alan Dukes, who served on the board of IBRC when it took over the Quinn businesses.

Saturday 14th September


This week, the Taoiseach framed Ireland as ‘Athena’ in relation to Boris Johnson's Heracles. Does a speech crafted like this help to land the speaker’s message? We ask Miriam O’Callaghan, former speechwriter for Enda Kenny and Conor Brophy, Director of Strategic Communications with Teneo.

Business GAA Style

Dublin and Kerry will battle it out for the second time for this year’s Sam Maguire Cup, and tomorrow sees Dublin’s women’s team meet Galway in Croke Park for the all-Ireland women’s title. But what are the lessons that can be taken from the pitch into business? We ask Donegal footballer Kate Keaney and Mayo footballer Chris Barrett.

Where's The Beef

The beef protests remain front and centre of the news. Both sides are resuming talks in the hope of resolving the dispute. Meanwhile, some farmers say they're happy to remain on the picket line until Christmas. We ask Dermot O'Brien from the Beef Plan Movement and Dr Edgar Morganroth from DCU's Business School to talk about the dispute.

An Irish Tail

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland listed a number of businesses that were closed last month for breaches of food safety legislation. The businesses were all over the country. Our reporter Liam Geraghty has been looking behind the scenes at the reasons for such closures.

Peter O'Brien

Peter O'Brien is a man who has travelled the world with a career in fashion. He has worked with Givenchy, Dior, and Chloe. These days he's working with Dunnes Stores and has just launched his fifth collection there.

Saturday 7th September

Breaking Bad Language

Boris Johnson's use of unparliamentary language has raised the question, is there ever a suitable moment for unsuitable language? We ask Louise Campbell of Robert Walters Recruitment.

Checking Customs

As October 31st looms closer, the nitty gritty details of a no deal Brexit are all being poured over. The Taoiseach says there will have to be customs checks in a no-deal scenario. But where they will happen isn't clear. Derek Dunne, Managing Director of Manifests Ireland has been exploring possible alternatives to customs posts on the border.

Minding Your Mind

The Prime Minister's adviser and Brexit mastermind Dominic Cummings has told employees that they won’t be having a weekend off between now and the UK leaving the EU. But is working without a break really such a good idea, is it good for the brain? We ask Ian Robertson, Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.

Gallery Exhibitions

As the summer draws to a close, visitor numbers are expected to increase at various galleries around the country. But what goes on behind the scenes? Our reporter Liam Geraghty puts the business of exhibitions in the frame.

Guarding The Gate

Selina Cartmell has been front and centre of The Gate theatre as Artistic Director for two years now. She took over from Michael Colgan who had been director for 33 years. She explains the challenges and rewards of her position.

Returning to Recession

The Taoiseach has assured us that Brexit won't spark a recession or a return to austerity. Professor Patrick Honohan has a lot of experience of both, as the former head of the Central Bank and author of 'Currency, Credit and Crisis'. We ask him if the Taoiseach is right or if Brexit will spark a recession.

Saturday 6th July

Sickies in the Sunshine

with festival festivities, and sunshine streaming in through office windows, is it really any wonder that many of us are more likely to pull sickies during the summer? Louise Campbell of Robert Walters Recruitment has been looking at the issue for us.

Festival People

Well it is beginning to feel like summer, all over the country small and large festivals are kicking off. Jugglers, fire eaters and stilt walkers are being drafted in, to entertain the crowds. And it’s a business that’s on the up as Liam Geraghty has been finding out.

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Presenter: Richard Curran

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