A weekly look at the world of business and personal finance with Richard Curran. Listen live Saturday at 10am on RTÉ Radio 1.
This week put the spotlight firmly back on Ireland’s housing market with news of global property firms buying up significant chunks of housing estates. There was also talk of the new not-so-affordable affordable housing schemes. To discuss this, we’re joined by Orla Hegarty, Lecturer in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environment at UCD.
What about getting away from the rocketing prices in our cities? Is the solution for some to buy cheaper homes in rural areas? We’re joined by Tracy Keogh of Grow Remote.
Sounds We've Missed
This Monday we’ll see significant changes in terms of reopening. We’ll be embracing again the sounds of squeaky polished floors of galleries and museums, hushed sounds in libraries, and the dryers going full blast in the hairdressers. Liam Geraghty has been finding out what sounds you’ve been missing during this lockdown.
A pilot concert took place in Liverpool last weekend. It was called the Shefton Park Pilot event. Over 5000 people without masks or social distancing sang and danced while mysterious people wandered around nearby with clipboards taking notes. Aisling Ryan of Ryan’s Cleaning was at this special gig.
We're joined by two unlikely friends. They come from two of Ireland’s biggest brewing families that were in competition for generations - The Smithwicks and The Guinesses. But Paul Smithwick and Lord Ned Iveagh have joined forces to oversee the reopening of the Iveagh markets, a Dublin landmark.
An Appointment Worth Waiting For
While we’ll have to wait another month before we can get back into the pubs at least we’ll look much better when we do. Hairdressers will reopen on Monday and take it upon themselves to get to the root of the nation’s bad hair days. For some, Monday can’t come quick enough. Our own Siobhán Maguire has been counting down the days.