A weekly look at business and economics from an Irish perspective hosted by Irish Times Business Editor Ciarán Hancock.
Stobart Air closure: what's next for the aviation sector?
Cliff Taylor talks to Irish Times business reporter Barry O’Halloran and director of Shannon Chamber and former CEO of Shannon Development Kevin Thompstone about the closure of Stobart Air and the outlook for Irish aviation and regional connectivity. Thompstone also details the business case put forward to Government, which sets out the urgent need for a multi-annual, fully funded regional air access recovery and growth action plan for the struggling sector.
G7 tax deal: what was agreed and what does it mean for Ireland?
The decision by G7 finance ministers last weekend to back a major package of global corporate tax reform is significant, making agreement at the OECD on this issue look likely. It will also pose significant questions for Ireland, particularly in relation to the agreed 15% global corporate tax rate. Laura Slattery talks to Cliff Taylor about how such a move would affect Ireland's ability to attract investment in the future. Plus: Irish Times Europe correspondent Naomi O'Leary on the reaction of EU leaders to the G7 agreement.
Restaurants struggle to recruit staff / Does the pandemic recovery plan go far enough?
Sinead Lambert, owner of Sol Rio restaurant in Westport, Co. Mayo, joins Ciaran to discuss her reopening plans for the summer ahead and the mysterious shortage of staff for key positions in the hospitality trade.
Plus: Cliff Taylor on the Government's €3.5bn stimulus plan and reforms of the Local Property Tax.
Hotels and restaurants ready to reopen
Ciaran talks to Fáilte Ireland CEO Paul Kelly and to president of the Irish Hotels Federation and director of Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel and Spa in Adare Co. Limerick, Elaina Fitzgerald Kane, about the next round of reopening the country's tourism sector from 2nd June, when hotels can welcome guests once again.
Ransomware: how big is the threat to Irish companies?
The true scale of the ransomware attack on the HSE by the cybercriminals known as Wizard Spider is not yet clear, but the task of rebuilding the executive's computer systems is likely to take weeks. In today's podcast, Ciarán talks to Conor Scolard, technical director of Ekco Ireland, about how exposed Irish companies are to such attacks and what can be done to militate against them. Also in this episode, The Irish Times technology reporter Ciara O'Brien has the latest on the HSE cyberattack.
Climate action: why business as usual won’t work
Bold action is needed by governments, business and investors around the world in order to tackle climate change. On today’s show we look at some of the big challenges to this, ahead of the Dublin Climate Dialogues conference next week. The initiative brings together big names including United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, climate activist Mary Robinson and Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, to forge an agreement to move beyond ambition and enact meaningful commitments to achieve a transition to net-zero global emissions by 2050 at the critical UN COP26 in November. Cliff Taylor talks to former president of the European Parliament Pat Cox, who is chair of the Dublin Climate Dialogues, and Mike Hayes, Global Lead on Renewables and Decarbonisation at KPMG.
Very good content👍
Just came across this recently - it’s very good business content - well done.
Does a good job
I enjoy this podcast. Not a fan of the general roundup section. Perhaps separate that a different series or episode? I find myself skipping that section every time. Overall good though so keep it up.
The pulse of Irish business news
I love the podcast, keep up the good work.