The Business

The Business

Saturday 10 - 11am


Saturday 19th January

Tommy Guns and Tanks

The European Union was formed in the aftermath of World War II to unite countries economically and politically in order to secure lasting peace in the region. This week we met William Sullivan at the Irish Military War Museum in Co Meath, the museum was inspired by that period.

Brexit Take Two

British Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal suffered a defeat in a historic House of Commons vote. How will the tale unfold on the Brexit battlefield? We’re joined from Belfast by Adrian Huston from the Alliance for British Entrepreneurs, former president of the Irish Exporters Association Nicola Byrne as well as economist David McWilliams.

Life Of An Actor

The row between artists and the Abbey Theatre continued this week. Over 300 people have signed a letter complaining about new employment policies and other changes within the National Theatre. Liam Geraghty takes a look at the jobs that writers and actors take on to make ends meet.

Ireland’s Rich List

With Brexit, Trump’s trade wars and falling stocks, we looked at the big money makers who weathered the storms of 2018. Samantha McCaughren of the Sunday Independent brings us the latest from The Sunday Independent Rich List.

Supermacs vs McDonalds

Supermacs scored an important victory against McDonalds this week. The company had been fighting to set up outlets in the UK and Europe, but McDonald's had succeeded in putting a stop to these plans for Trademark reasons. Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh joins us.

Brexit and the Border

This week the Taoiseach admitted that border checks will be hard to avoid in a no-deal scenario. To look at the ins and outs of this, we’re joined by Dr Edgar Morgenroth from DCU’s Business School.

Saturday 12th January

Million Dollar Divorces

The world’s richest man, Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie announced their divorce. There’s been speculation that MacKenzie Bezos is likely to become the world’s richest woman as a result. They married 25 years ago, without any pre nuptial agreement. Sinead Ryan, consumer journalist with The Herald joins us in studio to discuss.

Trade Wars

The US and China continue to lock horns in an escalating trade war. A deadline of early March has been imposed to resolve differences. Talks between both sides continued this week. Chris Johns of the Irish Times and John Whelan of Linkage Partnership spoke to Richard about the impact of this trade war on the ground.

Around The World

From alcohol prices in Qatar, to intelligent toilets. Siobhan O'Connell of Business Plus Magazine fills us in on some of the more unusual business stories from around the world.


Brexit again brought us some more moments of madness this week. MPS faced chants of Nazi scum outside parliament. Yesterday saw another interesting development when two big financial backers of Brexit said they think the UK will remain in the European Union. Justin Urquhart Stewart of Seven Investment Management spoke about the recent developments.

Ireland's Most Hated Jobs

This week groans could be heard all over the country as revenue reminded people of the deadline for property tax submissions. Liam Geraghty went on a mission to find the people who have the most hated jobs in the country.

Gary McGann

Richard spoke to Gary McGann, who worked in some of Ireland's best known companies including Anglo Irish Bank and Aryzta, at this year’s Pendulum Summit. Some of what he had to say made headlines, specifically his assertion that the makeup of the Anglo Irish board, of which he was a member, lacked banking expertise.

Saturday 5th January

Future Trends

Ciara O’Brien from The Irish Times and Mairead Brady, assistant professor in the Trinity Business school joined Richard to discuss future trends. From wearable technology, deepfake videos to driverless cars, what will 2019 have in store for our digital future?

Team Work

Daniel Mackney and Peter Coppinger run Teamwork, a company with its headquarters in Cork that’s all about effective organisation within businesses. Disney, Netflix and Paypal are among its customers.

Join The Circus

New year, new you. Or so they say. It’s around this time of year that many pledge to become healthier, happier and fitter and if the thought of the gym doesn’t do it for you is it time to join the circus? Liam Geraghty finds out.

The Business Of Drag And Drinks

Rory O’Neill aka Panti Bliss and Shane Harte, the general manager of Panti bar, joined Richard to discuss the expansion of one of Ireland’s most glamorous gay bars later this month.

Hospitality VAT Rate Debate

Will the increased VAT rate from 9% to 13.5% cut jobs in the hospitality sector or be more costly for the consumer? Pat McCann, CEO of the Dalata Group and Patricia King, General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions discuss this with Richard.

Saturday 22nd December

Saving Room For Dessert

Mairtin MacConIomaire spoke about one of the best parts of Christmas day, the dessert.

The Bewley's Family

The story of Bewley's started when Paddy asked Veronica to go on a date with him on Grafton Street. Little did they know they would become the Campbell couple that own the café which became a Dublin institution. Paddy, Veronica and their son Cól Campbell spoke about the reopening of Bewley's after millions was spent on its renovation.

What's For Christmas Dinner?

Olivia Duff produced 1000 turkeys and 200 geese this year with her husband and also co-runs the Headford Arms Hotel in Kells. She joined us in studio with Bernard Coyle of Mr Crumb and Brendan Allen of Food 360 and Castlemine Farm. Mairtin MacConIomaire stayed with us to share more foody tales.

A Cracker Of A Story

Liam Geraghty pulls apart the history of one of the most popular Christmas traditions: the Christmas cracker.

Starters For 10

Brigita Curtin of Burren Smokehouse, Peter Caviston of Caviston's Food Emporium and Mairtin MacConIomaire, a lecturer in culinary arts in DIT, gave us some ideas on what to have before the Turkey on December 25th.

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.

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Presenter: Richard Curran

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