The Business

The Business

Saturday 10 - 11am


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.

Oil and Religion

The oil industry has been in sharp focus lately. OPEC has warned that climate campaigners are the greatest threat to the industry, while tensions have increased between Iran and the US over the seizure of an oil tanker. Darren Dochuk has spent eight years looking at the history of the industry with a focus on the links between oil and religion.

Knobs and Knockers

Another Dublin institution has announced that it’s moving from the city centre out to the suburbs. It’s the latest in a long line of independent shops to make the move. Knobs and Knockers has been on Nassau Street for over 40 years and is owned by Des Cooney.

Trade with Tanzania

When you think of new markets for agriculture, East Africa and Tanzania might not be the first to come to mind, But Edna Lyatuu Hogan says there are huge opportunities for Irish businesses and investors in Tanzania. She is the chair of the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce EU and Ireland.

Crafting a Collaboration

The beef industry has been in the news a lot recently, with many Irish farmers concerned about Brexit and the Mercosur deal which would allow beef to be imported into Europe from South America. We're joined by Peter Hannan and Pat Whelen, two butchers who have been collaborating in the industry.

Solutions for Small Business

There have been a lot of issues facing small businesses in recent months, including Brexit, VAT rates and bogus insurance claims. It seems sentiment among SMEs has declined significantly. Pádraig Ó Céidigh has published a white paper packed with ideas on simple changes to help small businesses.

Saturday 22nd June

Corporates on Pride

This week Dublin’s LGBTQ Pride Festival kicked off, with many businesses vying for positions at the main parade. The parade’s main sponsors are Tesco and Google with dozens more companies partnering with the festival. Some within the community wonder if it's less Pride and more Pride Incorporated. Liam Geraghty has been finding out more.

Facebook Currency

This week social media giant Facebook announced its intentions to launch a cryptocurrency - Libra. Some have urged the company to halt the project, while the Bank of England has given the news a cautious welcome. Elaine Burke, editor of Silicon Republic, shares her views on Libra.

Drug Addiction

How do turn your life around and get a regular job after drug addiction and criminality? A Dublin company CJK Engineering has linked up with Coolmine Therapeutic Community to try to give people a second chance. We spoke to Jamie who has been through Coolmine and Damien Petticrew from CJK Engineering.

The Latest on Boris

It looks like the coronation of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister is inevitable. He has huge support within the conservative party, but some business groups aren’t too happy about the likely appointment. We spoke to George Parker of the Financial Times and Sonia Purnell, journalist and author.

Keeping Count of Criminal Assets

The Criminal Assets Bureau was set up after the death of Veronica Guerin in June 1996. Detective Chief Superintendent Pat Clavin is the head of the organisation. He joins us to discuss their work.

Saturday 15th June

Cocaine Confessions

This week, Michael Gove was the first of the Tory leadership contenders to admit to using cocaine on several occasions. Then Andrea Leadsom piped up that she had smoked cannabis. Boris Johnson dodged a line of questioning about drug use. But should you ever admit to drug taking in an interview situation? We ask resiliance coach Siobhán Murray.


Get your straw hat and monocles ready, tomorrow thousands will gather in locations all over the world to celebrate Bloomsday and James Joyce’s modernist epic Ulysses. We caught up with some of the business people that are involved in the celebrations here.

Oil Trade Troubles

This week two oil tankers, one Norwegian and one Japanese, were attacked as they traveled in the Gulf of Oman. The price of crude oil went up by 4.5% in the immediate aftermath and tensions are said to have increased between the US and Iran as a result. David Horgan, Managing Director of Petrel Resources talks us through the implications.

JAM Media

JAM Media is a large animation company with offices in Dublin and Belfast. They supply cartoons to Netflix, Nickelodeon, Amazon, BBC, and many others. The creators, John Rice, Alan Shannon and Mark Cumberton explain how they got into animation.

Charity Shop Chic

Charity shops have been associated for years with dowdy clothes, unloved furniture and hidden treasures. This week the St Vincent De Paul charity opened its 230th shop. To mark the occasion, they brought in an American retail expert to give staff tips on how to turn stores around. Liam Geraghty went along to find out more.

Lessons from Berlin

Our housing crisis remains front and centre of the news with rising rents and a lack of availability. Berlin, with a similar population, is looking towards radical solutions to solve its housing crisis. Can we learn from the German city? We're joined from Berlin by journalist Derek Scally and in studio by lecturers Lorcan Sirr and Orla Hegarty.

Saturday 8th June

Trump Tat

If you were in Dublin this week you may have spotted the Trump baby blimp flying overhead in protest as the US President made his first visit as President to Ireland. With a presidential visit comes the presidential merchandise. Consumer journalist Siobhán Maguire discusses the Trump tat that’s been sold worldwide.

Leaving Cert Grinds

This week Leaving Cert and Junior Cert students all over the country had to call a halt to their cramming, put aside their study notes or phones to sit their exams. For months most students have been studying and even getting additional grinds. We sent our own star pupil Liam Geraghty to meet the businesses who've helped in that journey.

Creative Children

Later today, primary school children will be pitching their business ideas to four dragons in UCD. The event is part of a BizWorld initiative, a not for profit organisation that promotes entrepreneurship in schools. Fiona McKeon, Bizworld CEO, and Robin Ryan and Kate Hamilton from St Bridget’s Girls School in Cabinteely spoke on the initiative.

Brian Byrne

Navan born composer Brian Byrne has arranged music for Barbra Streisand, Sinead O'Connor, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Bono and Liza Minnelli to name just a few. He's also worked with movie directors Jim Sheridan and John Carney. He's in Ireland putting the finishing touches to his new musical Angel of Broadway.

Trump in Town

While some protested against Trump's visit in Dublin and at Shannon Airport, others partied on the streets of Doonbeg to welcome the biggest local employer to the town. When it comes to your livelihood, where do you draw the line between principles and profit? We spoke to Tony Foley from DCU and Siobhán O'Donoghue of UPLIFT.

Huawei Hijinks

Google has warned the US government it risks compromising national security if it pushes ahead with preventing Huawei from doing business with American companies. But is Google putting its own interests first? Adrian Weckler, Technology Editor with The Irish Independent was at Huawei Headquarters this week.

Saturday 1st June

Plant Piracy

Leonie Cornelius, garden designer and Carl Dacus, co-founder of the Dublin School of Horticulture join us to discuss the world's most sought after plants and the flowers with a heavy price tag.

Green Office Benefits

Many workplaces are starting to embrace the idea of walls of plants and even gardens. We asked Fiann O’Nualláin, author of the Holistic Gardener, to take a look at this new trend.

Adventures in Gardening

Helen Dillon has been in the business for many many years. She's toured the world giving lectures about horticulture, and has inspired many down through the years.

Climate Change and Agriculture

Phoenix park local President Michael D Higgins opened Bloom with a clarion call for all to join the fight against 'catastrophic climate change' in Ireland. Electric car entrepreneur Norman Crowley and Thomas Cooney of the IFA join us to discuss farming and climate change

The Buzz of Beekeeping

Our intrepid and dedicated reporter Liam Geraghty braved the bee hives to find out more about the job of beekeeping.

Financing a Show Stopper Show Garden

What goes into bringing a show garden together and is it worth the hard slog? We're joined by Garden designers Peter Donegan, Monica Alverez and Barry Lupton (also of Horticulture Connected)

Saturday 18th May

Key to Songwriting Success

Tonight the Eurovision Song Contest finals will be held in Israel. Ireland was knocked out of the competition in the Semi Finals, but as Liam Geraghty has been finding out there's no shortage of songwriters in Ireland.

Around The World

Siobhan O'Connell from Business Plus Magazine talks us through the business stories that caught her eye this week.

The Career of a Cartoonist

Liza Donnelly has been making her living from the art of drawing for over forty years. She joined the New Yorker as a cartoonist in the 70's and has been capturing America’s biggest events ever since.

Irish Horse Racing Legend Noel Meade

Earlier this week Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary decided to disembark from horse racing after two decades in the race. We spoke to horse trainer Noel Meade, who has trained a number of horses owned by the Ryanair boss.

National Broadband Plan

After seven years, four ministers and a 3 billion euro price tag, Granahan McCourt, the last firm standing, has won the bid for the National Broadband Plan. The man tasked with delivering the scheme is Peter Hendrick, CEO of National Broadband Ireland.

Saturday 11th May

Business on the Mind

With the construction and hospitality industries looking at mental health, are many others following suit? Performance coach, Shane Cradock, says businesses need to do more to tackle mental health issues.

Reconstructing Mental Health

During the night and into the early hours of this morning, thousands of people from all over the country walked from Darkness into Light to raise money for mental health awareness charities. The construction industry has started to look at mental health. Liam Geraghty has been finding out more.

Swimsuits and Sponsorship

In 1952, Catalina Swimsuits founded Miss Universe and Miss USA in Long Beach, California. Every year, between 80 and 100 countries send a candidate to compete, with Ireland’s event taking place later this summer. We spoke to its director Brittany Mason. A former Miss Universe, she is in Miami trying to secure sponsorship for the Irish contest.

Non BS Innovation

Some sectors are well known for their jargon and unusual job titles, such as digital overlords and innovation Sherpas. Lots of the titles centre around innovation. The tech sector claims to be one of the most creative and innovative, but David Rowan is not convinced. He’s the author of Non Bullshit Innovation.

A Story of Connections

Sharon McCooey is one of the leading lights in Ireland’s tech sector. She heads up LinkedIn, employing over 1,000 people in their Dublin office. She talks to us about troubles in tech, mentoring and LinkedIn's business model.

A New Climate For Business

Ireland became the second country in the world to declare a climate emergency this week. It was welcomed by environmental campaigners such as Greta Thunberg. But what are the implications for business? We spoke to Lisa Ryan, lecturer in energy economics in UCD and David Maguire of BNRG Renewables.

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Presenter: Richard Curran

Producer: Aideen McLoughlin


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