526 episodes

A weekly look at business and economics from an Irish perspective hosted by Irish Times Business Editor Ciarán Hancock. Produced in association with EY.
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Inside Business with Ciaran Hancock The Irish Times

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    • 4.3 • 78 Ratings

A weekly look at business and economics from an Irish perspective hosted by Irish Times Business Editor Ciarán Hancock. Produced in association with EY.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    Why did Bank of Ireland shares plummet despite record profits?

    Why did Bank of Ireland shares plummet despite record profits?

    Bank of Ireland were in the strange position on Monday of reporting pre-tax profits of €1.94bn for 2023, up from €1bn in 2022, but seeing their share price plunge by over 10pc. There was also the announcement of a €1.15bn of dividends and share buybacks.
    To make sense of Bank of Ireland’s latest results, along with some insight into what this year is likely to have in store for the three main banks here, host Ciarán Hancock was joined by Irish Times Markets Correspondent Joe Brennan and Financials Analyst at Goodbody, John Cronin.
    Also on this week’s episode, Director & Head of Research at BNP Paribas John McCartney was in studio to break down the latest data on commercial property vacancy rates and why they are hitting record levels.
    Produced by John Casey with JJ Vernon on sound.

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    • 46 min
    Germany in recession: What does it mean for Ireland and the EU?

    Germany in recession: What does it mean for Ireland and the EU?

    It was not good news for Europe’s largest economy on Monday when the Bundesbank announced during its regular monthly report that Germany was officially in recession. A range of factors, including weak external demand and cautious consumers, have contributed to the fourth straight quarter of zero or negative growth.
    But what does a German recession mean for the euro zone and Ireland? And are there any indications of when Germany’s economy will likely turn a corner? Host Ciarán Hancock is joined by Cliff Taylor and Irish Times Berlin Correspondent Derek Scally.
    In the second half of this episode, we look at video-sharing platform TikTok’s restructuring plan that could see a few hundred of its workforce here being impacted. Irish Times technology journalist Ciara O’Brien gives some insight into why restructuring and layoffs has become a common theme in the tech sector over the last 18 months.
    Produced by John Casey with JJ Vernon on sound.

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    • 35 min
    Electric vehicle prices are tumbling, but is it all good news for the customer?

    Electric vehicle prices are tumbling, but is it all good news for the customer?

    The high price of electric cars has long been seen as a barrier for those looking to switch from the traditional combustion-engine car to an EV, but that is now changing with many car makers slashing their prices. But what is driving prices down and what impact will it have on the second-hand EV market here? Irish Times writer specialising in motoring Neil Briscoe explains.
    And what of the broader picture for EV usage here, how do we compare to other countries and is charging infrastructure keeping pace? Brian Caulfield, Professor in Transportation & Head of Department at Trinity College Dublin gives his thoughts.
    Host Ciarán Hancock is also joined by Markets Correspondent Joe Brennan to get some insight into Denis O’Brien’s business empire after he sold his majority stake in the Beacon Hospital.
    Produced by John Casey. JJ Vernon on Sound.

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    • 31 min
    Vision Capital vs IRES REIT: trouble brewing at Ireland’s largest private landlord

    Vision Capital vs IRES REIT: trouble brewing at Ireland’s largest private landlord

    Next week the battle between listed property landlord IRES REIT and its 5% dissident shareholder Vision Capital will come to a head at an extraordinary general meeting of shareholders in Dublin.
    IRES is the biggest private landlord in the state with more than 3,700 apartments. On the face of it IRES is performing well, however the share price has struggled and a government-imposed 2% annual cap on rents is a potential drag on the business.
    Vision Capital owns 5% of IRES and is not happy with the way the company is being run. Jeff Olin is president, CEO and portfolio manager of Vision Capital and he joins the podcast this week to discuss his issues with IRES.
    Produced by John Casey. JJ Vernon on sound.

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    • 33 min
    ‘It’s a fool who turns down money’

    ‘It’s a fool who turns down money’

    With ATMs now an endangered species, the Access to Cash Bill, recently announced by Minister for Finance Michael McGrath, would oblige banks to maintain access to cash dispensers at December 2022 levels.
    But should cash play an important role in our economy into the future?
    Ciaran Hancock is joined this week by Vincent Jennings, Chief Executive Officer of the Convenience Stores and Newsagents Association who feels that cash has an important role to play and would welcome oversight of the many non-bank ATMs in operation here. Irish Times business and technology journalist Ciara O’Brien thinks plastic and digital are safer, more convenient and more hygienic, but still keeps an emergency tenner on her just in case.
    Also on this week’s episode, senior business reporter Barry O’Halloran gives us the latest on the pay talks between pilots and Aer Lingus, with the airline’s 8.5% pay offer being rejected. He also has the latest Ryanair profit numbers, information on their new deals with online travel agents and its chief executive Michael O’Leary’s prediction that air fares will continue to rise in Europe this year as many airlines struggle to add capacity.
    Produced by John Casey with JJ Vernon on sound. 

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    • 30 min
    ‘To blame the lowest paid for challenges in our economy is cheap’

    ‘To blame the lowest paid for challenges in our economy is cheap’

    Employers group Ibec’s chef executive Danny McCoy sent an open letter to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Monday calling for a pause on labour policy measures to avoid ‘uncoordinated and cumulative’ costs to businesses. Those measures include upping the national minimum wage and increases in employer Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI). In response, Owen Reidy, general secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, labelled Mr McCoy’s proposals as “short termist”. They joined host Ciarán Hancock to discuss the measures.
     
    And Irish Times Work Correspondent Emmet Malone brings us up to speed on the public sector pay talks impasse. We hear what the main points of contention are for both sides after discussions stalled last week.
    Produced by John Casey. JJ Vernon on sound.

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    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
78 Ratings

78 Ratings

KramLekly ,

Very good content👍

Just came across this recently - it’s very good business content - well done.

Ingo Jaeckel ,

Better interviews needed

Interviews feel superficial and don't explore enough where guests on the podcast are coming from.

Eamon in Kilkenny ,

Stunningly poor insights

Caveat, the airing of different opinions is valuable and I may re-rate after listening to other episodes. This rating is based on the housing episode. Guests from the Moon. Certainly not experienced in trying to find a rental property

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