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A weekly look at the world of business and personal finance with Richard Curran. Listen live Saturday at 10am on RTÉ Radio 1.
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Tánaiste Leo Varadker

Tánaiste Leo Varadker

2020-07-1116:24

We’re joined by Tánaiste Leo Varadker, the new Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
There have been umpteen stories in the news recently of politicians making mistakes - a drink driving scandal, ministerial appointments that prompted one local newspaper to call it “a cabinet fit for Cromwell” and the Bobby Storey funeral controversy - to mention just a few. Our reporter Liam Geraghty and others own up to their own mistakes.
Bright Guys

Bright Guys

2020-07-1111:12

We’re joined by two brothers in business. New entrants to the energy market, Ciaran and Stephen Devine from Derry are the people behind Bright a tech based energy company. They started out in the energy sector in their mid twenties when they set up a renewable energy power plant in their home county.
Privacy and Covid

Privacy and Covid

2020-07-1103:41

The pandemic has thrown up all kinds of concerns regarding privacy. One of the areas where we’re seeing issues emerge is around temperature checks in workplaces, bars and restaurants. But should we be concerned about this? We’re joined from Waterford by Rachel Finn of Trilateral Research, a company that specialises in data ethics.
It’s been a summer of protests as the pandemic has brought the roots of disadvantage and anger into sharper focus. Our next guest Mark Blyth has been looking at the causes of anger in Western democracies and how to fix it in his new book Angrynomics. We caught up with him earlier.
The Death of the Tie

The Death of the Tie

2020-07-1106:26

It looks like the tie might be a thing of the past. It doesn’t lend itself very well to working from home and to make matters worse there’s strong evidence that they’re potential germ carriers. Could this pandemic spell the end of the line for the tie? We asked the dapper Fashion designer Peter O’Brien for his thoughts on the death of the tie.
News - Travel Issues

News - Travel Issues

2020-07-0407:56

The National Public Health Emergency Team are telling people to only travel if necessary. With our own tourism industry on its knees you can imagine our first guest will be of the same opinion. We spoke to Maurice Pratt, the acting chairman of the Irish Tourism Industry Confederation.
Walking through many of our cities, towns and villages it’s tough to see some businesses have decided to shut up shop for good. Author Emer McLysaght has been reflecting on when we’ve been here before and the closure of some of her favourite shops.
To look at whether there’s anything we can do to rescue retail and restaurants and maybe re-imagine our towns and cities we’re joined by Ali Grehan, Dublin City Architect; and Nick Corcoran, Co-founder of Cardinal Capital.
Moving to a Rural Town

Moving to a Rural Town

2020-07-0405:32

We’ve heard of many people who see a future working from home and are now considering a move to the countryside. Counties around Ireland have jumped on this opportunity to show the benefits of moving to a rural location. Our reporter Liam Geraghty has been finding out more.
Pat Kiely Interview

Pat Kiely Interview

2020-07-0416:41

This week Pat Kiely ended a career spanning over 20 years working at the heart of TV3 now Virgin Media. A former ad man, Pat is now setting up his own business venture. He joins us in studio.
Tik Tok

Tik Tok

2020-07-0404:24

Barely a day has passed in the last few months without a new TikTok sensation appearing on our screens. This week, the $100 bn dollar app announced that it is going to base its European Privacy Headquarters here in Ireland. We're joined now by Aifric O’Connell, 2FM DJ and former TikTokker for more.
The three parties have all signed off on the Programme for Government, but what’s in it for business? We’re joined by Mark Paul, business affairs correspondent with The Irish Times.
There’s been lots of speculation about how the pandemic will change society. To look at how some of these profound changes might play out here we’re joined by Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times columnist; Áine Kerr, co-founder of Kinzen; and Bríd Horan, co-chair of Balance for Better Business.
The pandemic has been detrimental for some sectors, but our next guest's company has been flourishing. Founded by Eric Mosley - Workhuman has achieved ‘unicorn’ status - meaning it’s now valued at over €1 billion. The company specialises in company rewards for workers. We spoke to Eric about growing up in Tallaght and building his business
Working from home has been tough going for many, trying to monitor kids, colleagues and calls at the same time. So how has it been for creatives trying to produce work when payments and audiences have been thin on the ground? Liam Geraghty has been finding out.
It’s Derby weekend at the Curragh and festivities are bound to be curtailed a bit. This time 75 years ago, the same event was taking place, with a very different atmosphere. I’m joined by Tim Carey, historian and author of the book Dublin Since 1922 to tell us more.
Government Announcment

Government Announcment

2020-06-2006:19

What will June 29th look like for you? A morning at the gym, a haircut and stuffing yourself with popcorn at the cinema. Last night the Government announced that most lockdown restrictions will be eased by June 29th. We’re joined by Ian Talbot - Chief Executive of Chambers Ireland and Tony Foley economist and lecturer in DCU for more.
Dillon's Restaurant

Dillon's Restaurant

2020-06-2009:27

For some businesses social distancing and no seasonal trade mean it simply wasn’t possible to keep going through the pandemic. Dillon’s Restaurant in Timoleague in West Cork, set up by Richard Milne and his partner Valeria Ventura, was a Michelin-recommended cosy nook. We spoke to them about how Covid-19 forced them to close up shop.
“The summer is not lost” - said the Taoiseach as he announced that travel restrictions will be lifted at the end of the month, allowing people to holiday anywhere within the country. So can the Staycation, that much-maligned term, save our tourism industry? Consumer journalist Siobhan Maguire has been looking into it for us.
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