A weekly look at business and economics from an Irish perspective hosted by Irish Times Business Editor Ciarán Hancock.
Super League shambles and the future of European football
On Sunday, twelve of Europe’s biggest football clubs announced plans to form a breakaway Super League, drawing an onslaught of criticism from fans, players and regulators alike. Less than seventy two hours later, their grand plan had collapsed, with six English clubs bowing out of the proposal. So what are the core problems at the heart of European football which led to this shock move and how can the model be adjusted to better serve the sport? Ken Early of The Irish Times and Second Captains and Andrew Doyle, owner of Shelbourne Football Club, join Ciaran Hancock to discuss.
Interview: Hotelier John Fitzpatrick on the reopening of NYC
In today’s episode Ciaran Hancock is joined by hotelier John Fitzpatrick, owner of the Fitzpatrick Hotel Group in New York City. Later this month, the Fitzpatrick Manhattan will reopen following over twelve months of closure. In today's episode we hear about the reopening plans, the impact of Covid-19 on the hotel business and Fitzpatrick's thoughts on the Irish mandatory hotel quarantine system.
Contradictory exchequer numbers paint a messy picture of Ireland's pandemic economy
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe says better-than-expected exchequer returns show our economic "resilience", but do the numbers hide deeper scars? Cliff Taylor joins Ciaran to look at the latest set of economic figures showing Ireland's tax, spending and unemployment in the pandemic-stricken Q1 of 2021.
Plus, Barry O'Halloran looks at Ryanair's passenger numbers for the same period of time and assesses the health of our aviation sector.
The long goodbye to lockdown
This week the Government revealed its plan for the phased reopening the economy from April 12th onwards. On today’s show, Ciaran is joined by Ibec chief executive Danny McCoy and Cliff Taylor of The Irish Times to discuss what will it mean for Irish business and the wider economy. Is the timeline for reopening too sluggish? And, with the pace of the vaccine rollout ramping up, when might the Government begin withdrawing the financial supports currently propping up so many parts of the Irish economy?
Interview: Mark Carney, economist, banker and author of Value(s)
Value(s) is the new book by economist and former governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney. It’s an exploration into the ways in which economic and social values have become blurred and the radical change that is needed to build a better world for all. Recently, Irish Times columnist Chris Johns sat down with the Canadian banker for a wide ranging discussion on reshaping societal values, his involvement with online payment firm Stripe and his proud Irish heritage. Today we bring you that interview.
The pandemic economy one year on; a fair deal for tenants in George's Street Arcade
It's a year since the Irish economy first shut down. Parts of it have scarcely reopened since. For an update on how the pandemic is affecting the overall economy, Ciaran talks to Mark Paul of The Irish Times and economist Jim Power.
In the retail sector, many businesses are carrying significant rent arrears from periods of lockdown. Some of them may never be able to pay those arrears back. But the shopkeepers and stall-holders of George's Street Arcade in Dublin won't face this problem, because their landlord has suspended rents throughout the periods of lockdown. We hear from Gwen Layden of Layden Group, the family company that owns the Arcade, about why she has taken this approach, how much it has cost her family and why she says all commercial tenants should be treated in this way.