A weekly look at business and economics from an Irish perspective hosted by Irish Times Business Editor Ciarán Hancock. Sponsored by Davy Group.
Dublin Bus CEO Ray Coyne on the future of transport in the city
With such reduced passenger numbers, how has Dublin Bus adapted and survived in the age of Covid-19? And what does the future hold?To find out, Ciaran went to the semi-state transport company's newly refurbished Broadstone depot to meet CEO Ray Coyne. They talked about the future of transport in Dublin, how technology will allow bus routes to become more flexible, the electrification of the fleet, and how Dublin Bus may diversify into "last mile" transport solutions such as e-scooters.
Interview: Rick Larkin Executive Director at Twinlite
Twinlite describes itself as the best property company in Dublin. A family run business, their property portfolio consists of housing and apartment developments in Dalkey, Clongriffin and Stepaside. In today’s episode, Ciaran Hancock sits down with Executive Director at Twinlite, Rick Larkin, for a wide ranging discussion on the Irish housing market. Larkin speaks about the impact of lockdown restrictions on construction, the economics of building apartments and the future of housing design.
Retail rent pressure / Ulster Bank: will it stay or will it go?
After almost a year in an out of lockdown, many retailers have seen their premises shuttered for vast majority of the last 52 weeks. A good deal of them have managed to strike rent agreements with their landlords, but some are refusing to make concessions for the pandemic. Ciarán talks to Michael Callaghan, head of commercial finance at Carraig Donn, about how they've been handling the issue with their 42 landlords across the country and the future of the retail sector after coronavirus. They're joined by Mark Paul, The Irish Times business affairs correspondent.
Plus: We could find out this week if Ulster Bank is to exit the Irish market, when its UK parent company NatWest publishes full-year results on Friday morning. Joe Brennan has the background on what’s led to this moment and the impact a wind up of the bank would have here.
Dublin rents dip, tax headaches for remote workers
On this week's podcast we look at how Covid-19 has created a series of complications for the many companies based in Ireland with large numbers of employees from other countries. What are the tax implications for foreign workers employed here who, having been sent home from the office, decided to return to their home countries temporarily? Ciaran asks reporter Colm Keena and Daryl Hanberry, tax partner with Deloitte.
Plus: Trinity College Dublin economist Ronan Lyons on his recent report for property website Daft that shows residential rents in Dublin have dipped by 3% in the past year while continuing to rise elsewhere. Ronan explains what is behind these trends and what lies ahead for our dysfunctional housing market.
This podcast is sponsored by Davy.
Construction sector shutdown / Innovation Awards Winner
Galway-based company HidraMed Solutions has won the Irish Times Innovation of the Year award for 2020 for developing a novel dressing system aimed at those suffering from the incurable skin disease, Hidradenitis Suppurativa. In today’s episode, HidraMed founder Suzanne Maloney joins Ciaran Hancock to speak about the company’s origins, products and plans for expansion.
But first, Ciaran is joined by Irish Times business journalist Eoin Burke Kennedy and by James Benson, Director of the Irish Home Builders Association to discuss the impact ongoing lockdowns are having on the construction sector. The IHBA has estimated that the supply of new homes could be reduced by 8,000 this year as a result of the current stoppage, so what will this mean for the already squeezed housing market if the lockdown is extended beyond March?
When will tourism take off again?
After a devastating 2020, it was hoped that the tourism sector could be restarted in the second quarter of 2021. With the extension of Level 5 restrictions to March 5th and new mandatory quarantine travel rules, that now looks unlikely. Just when, and how, will tourism - domestic and overseas - get its post-Covid reboot? Ciaran talks to Dublin travel agent John Galligan, hotelier and president of the Irish Hotels Federation, Elaina Fitzgerald Kane and Irish Times business journalist Mark Paul.
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