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

    Business class weathers the pandemic / pension auto-enrolment

    Business class weathers the pandemic / pension auto-enrolment

    Predictions of a Covid-induced slowdown that was expected to wreak havoc on the economics of business travel are not, say the aviation industry, being borne out. Emirates country-manager for Ireland, Enda Corneille, talks to Ciarán about how the airline has weathered the pandemic, the company’s carbon credentials and Emirates’ plans for its Dublin-Dubai route.

    Plus: Cliff Taylor on the SSIA-style top-up from the State that is being proposed as part of a pensions auto-enrolment system currently being designed by the Government.

    • 36 min
    The pendulum swings down for insurance costs - but for how long?

    The pendulum swings down for insurance costs - but for how long?

    Irish motor insurers last year enjoyed their highest level of profitability since at least 2009, as the level of road accidents and claims declined during Covid-19 restrictions, according to a Central Bank of Ireland report.

    On today's podcast Ciarán Hancock talks to markets correspondent Joe Brennan about the health of Ireland's insurance industry. He also talks to Conor Faughnan, who in his former role as director of consumer affairs for AA Ireland became well known to a generation of Irish motorists.

    They discuss premiums, claims and profits in the industry that some say are excessive.

    • 37 min
    Seán FitzPatrick's legacy / The real aviation climate villains

    Seán FitzPatrick's legacy / The real aviation climate villains

    Simon Carswell talks to Ciarán about Seán FitzPatrick, the former banker who died this week. FitzPatrick oversaw the rise of Anglo Irish Bank, from a small Dublin lender into Ireland’s third largest bank, before the financial crisis and property crash brought down the bank.

    Plus: Eoin Burke-Kennedy on who the biggest polluters in aviation are and how they avoid the harshest penalties.

    • 28 min
    What's happening at Web Summit? / Janet Yellen visits Dublin

    What's happening at Web Summit? / Janet Yellen visits Dublin

    Charlie Taylor reports from Web Summit in Lisbon where conference founder and CEO Paddy Cosgrave made some waves in his opening address, referencing the investigation of Tanaiste Leo Varadkar's leak of confidential documents in front of a global audience. But how did it go down with the assembled tech elite? And what else is happening at Web Summit?

    Plus, Eoin Burke-Kennedy on the latest strong exchequer figures and on US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's visit to Dublin where she talked about moves to set a minimum global corporate tax rate, but didn't ruffle any feathers over Ireland's controversial role in international tax avoidance.

    • 26 min
    Will Ireland be able to meet the recommended carbon budgets?

    Will Ireland be able to meet the recommended carbon budgets?

    This week, the Climate Change Advisory Council unveiled its recommendations for two, five-year carbon budgets aimed at reducing the State’s carbon emissions by 51 per cent by 2030. But are these targets feasible? Despite the Covid lockdown last year, carbon emissions fell by only 3.6% in Ireland, casting doubt on Ireland’s ability to meet the upcoming climate objectives. Joining Ciaran Hancock to discuss the enormity of the task ahead for business, industry and individuals is Cliff Taylor and Kevin O’Sullivan of the Irish Times.

    • 32 min
    "Turbo-charging the affordable housing sector" - Land Development Agency CEO John Coleman

    "Turbo-charging the affordable housing sector" - Land Development Agency CEO John Coleman

    Under the Government's recently published 'Housing For All' plan, the Land Development Agency has a big role to play in delivering badly-needed affordable housing in Ireland. Ciaran talks to the LDA's chief executive John Coleman about the details of how the agency plans to fulfil that ambition.

    • 57 min

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