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Taking Stock with Mandy Johnston takes a global view of the big business stories and the trends affecting the world economy. Listen and subscribe to Taking Stock on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Download, listen and subscribe on the Newstalk App. You can also listen to Newstalk live on newstalk.com or on Alexa, by and asking: 'Alexa, play Newstalk'
Boris was back in the dock this week. The Ex-PM was hauled in front of the parliamentary privileges committee as part of the investigation into whether he had deliberately misled the Commons. This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston talks to Stephen Castle who is the London Correspondent for the New York Times to get the low down on the testimony Boris gave. Mandy also discusses the issue of losing a very high profile job; being made redundant can be a difficult experience for anyone, but when it happens to those in the C-Suite, it can be very public. And finally, what’s going on with TikTok and why are countries banning it?
This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston talks to Howard Schneider the Federal Reserve correspondent with Reuters about the chaos being caused by the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. Former Ambassador to the US Michael Collins chats to Mandy about what President Biden's visit to Ireland means metaphorically and logistically. Plus Mandy talks to Ciara Sugrue who is the head of Festivals and Events with Failte Ireland about the changing nature of the Irish Festival.
This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston talks to Lorcan Allen of the Sunday Business Post about the ‘actual’ state of Ireland’s Windy Energy Sector. Conor Pope of the Irish Times details some very frightening ways people can get scammed. Plus Mandy talks to Steve Dempsey, Product Director at Mediahuis Ireland about how Facebook is now using AI to perfect advertising that's uniquely designed for you and how AI is affecting search engines.
This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston delves into the world of Silicon Valley and the ongoing saga of Sam Bankman Fried with Joshua Oliver of the Financial Times. Staying stateside Rupert Murdoch testifies that Fox commentators endorsed Trump's 2020 Election. Jeremy Peters of the New York Times tells us all the latest news on the trial that's gripping America. Plus Mandy takes a closer look at the gender pay gap as we approach International Women's Day and how Irish businesses are faring with new reporting requirements when she chats to Doone O'Doherty Tax Partner, People & Organisation with PwC Ireland.
Are you curious about the future of cash? This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston looks at the Bank of England's plans to design a digital pound. Financial expert Siddharth Venkataramakrishnan from the Financial Times explains the details. Mandy will also be discussing the recent overhaul in Whitehall, as PM Rishi Sunak creates four new Government Departments. She is joined by Frank Fitzgerald of the University of Limerick and Marc Collison of Bangor University to debate whether Ireland should be following in the UK's footsteps. And finally Mandy takes a look back at the one-year anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. She talks with Jackie Northam the Foreign Affairs correspondent for NPR News, to hear her views on whether the sanctions against Russia have had the desired impact.
'As I Remember It: Bertie Ahern & the Good Friday Agreement' is a new podcast that tells the story of the Good Friday Agreement as told by those who negotiated it and marks the first time all those involved have reunited to reflect on the negotiations in 25 years. Head to newstalk.com/goodfridayagreement.
This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston talks to Rana Foroohar about the phenomenon known as ‘Shadow Working’ where we're becoming increasingly responsible for doing those small jobs that companies used to do for us. 100 days of a leader's reign are said to be crucial, and this certainly holds true for Elon Musk’s new position at Twitter. We’ll be hearing from journalist Chris Stokel-Walker and getting his assessment on how Musk has fared during this period. And finally, with the European Parliament’s decision to phase out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035, we’ll be discussing the current state of electric cars in Ireland and the challenges that motorists face when choosing to switch to lower carbon emission vehicles with Motoring Journalist Geraldine Herbert.
In this new podcast, Life and Leadership, Bobby Kerr explores the lives of some of the most successful Irish business leaders and entrepreneurs of our time, including beauty guru Aimee Connolly and GAA star Bernard Brogan. Listen and follow the podcast now wherever you get your podcasts.
This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston chats to James Politi of the Financial Times about the current state of President Joe Biden's political career and his potential bid for a second term. As the tech industry continues to make headlines announcing worldwide layoffs it reminds us that losing your job can be a difficult and stressful experience. So Career Consultant Sinead English talks about how to deal with redundancy and getting back on track. Finally Mandy chats to Martin Lipton Chief Sports reporter with the Sun about all that's going on with the Economics of the Premier League.
This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston looks at cost and benefit of Saint Brigid’s day; with the first bank holiday of the year happening she asks what's bill to the exchequer and the workforce? Mandy is joined by Elizabeth Bowen the acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Mandy will also be discussing the EU's recent announcement of a comprehensive plan to support new investment in 'Green' sectors. With the US making a push to attract green investment, we'll see how this plan could potentially enhance investment in green energy here in Ireland. Mandy talks to Javier Espinoza the EU Correspondent for the Financial Times. Plus Mandy talks to Sean Keyes of the Currency about commercial property investment in Ireland, and why it seems to be lagging behind.
As the UK marks the three-year anniversary of its exit from the EU this week, on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston asks if the country is living up to the "golden age" promised by the Conservative leaders and she is joined by Hanna Ziady, a writer for CNN Business in London, Mandy also looks at the current issues facing the medication supply chain and talks to Kathy Maher of the IPU about how you can protect yourself from buying counterfeit drugs online. Mandy also delves into the state of the housing market, exploring the impact of the "Bank of Mum and Dad" and the growing reliance on property inheritance and large deposits for mortgages. She chats to Karl Dieter.
This week on Taking Stock as global leaders gathered in the Swiss Alps, Mandy Johnston looks at the origins of the conference - and finds out what its all about with Jon Sopel of the News Agents Podcast. And over at Disney the Executive Chairs were spinning like a merry go round. Mandy chats to the Financial Times’ LA Chief Christopher Grimes about all the drama in the boardroom of one of the world’s largest media companies. And finally we ask why so many new Chinese investors are flocking to the Emerald Isle?
This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston talks to journalist Jeff Maysh about the strange story of what happened when he went to be buy his wife a Rolex Watch. Mandy also chats to Former Diplomat Ted Smyth about why Ireland can't take the special relationship between Ireland and the US for granted. Plus Marian Ryan on Taxback tells us about all you should be claiming back.
This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston talks to Federica Taccogna an International Anti-Financial Crime expert about taking down the Mob and why Financial Crime is so widespread. Mandy asks leading Economist Cormac Lucey if Ireland, Europe or the US are headed for a recession in 2023? Plus the Tourism Industry Confederation CEO will be joining Mandy to explain why he thinks the sector will not fully recover from the pandemic until 2026!
There's a Special Taking Stock this week when Mandy Johnston talks to some of her regular contributors about the best business and politics books they read this year. You'll hear from the likes of Mick Clifford and Will Hutton. You might get some last minute gift ideas for the news-obsessed person in your life.
The bounce back from Covid lockdowns is over. Growth is slowing and we can’t rule out a recession here in Ireland. But it is not showing up in the exchequer figures, with an extraordinary surplus of €12 billion reported for the first 11 months of the year last week. This week on Taking Stock Mandy chats Dan O Brien, Chief Economist for the Institute of International and European Affairs and columnist for the Sunday Business Post about why despite being awash with cash, the Government needs to tread carefully. And so too do CEO’s navigating business in these uncertain times – Mandy will be asking Leadership and Human Behaviour Expert Jodie Rodgers, about some of the alternative ways that business leaders are getting through these challenging times. And finally, with all the buzz about drones this Christmas, if you are lucky enough to get one of these winged wonders, what are you required to do legally to make sure you are protected? Mandy chats to an industry expert to tell you all the does and don'ts for your maiden drone voyage this Christmas.
A UK Supreme Court has ruled that the Scottish government does not have the legal authority to hold an independence referendum without agreement from Westminster and this week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston is joined by Minister Ivan McKee of the SNP who is Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise in Scotland This week saw unprecedented protests against President Xi Jinping and his zero-Covid policy in China. Mandy talks to Cindy Yu the Assistant Editor at The Spectator and she will tells us what lies beneath the uprising. And finally, a new study shows that over 600,000 people who are living with a disability in Ireland are unable to access services online. Mandy talks to a man with a solution.
He’s the man with a plan to halt Donald Trump's bid for re-election – but who is Ron DeSantis? This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston talks to Bernd Debusmann Jr who is a BBC journalist based in Washington to talk about DeSantis the man, his mission and his meteoric rise within the Republican Party. And the man with no plan at all - Sam Bankman Fried, the owner of collapsed crypto exchange FTX. is facing multiple charges of company fraud in the US. Mandy talks to the Financial Times journalist Joshua Oliver about the extraordinary rise and fall of yet another Tech Messiah. And finally what’s your plan to deal with new pension regulations that are set to kick in for business in just five short weeks? Pensions expert Mairead O'Mahony who is Head of Wealth Solutions with Aon Ireland has some advice on how to prepare.
This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston look at the historic nature of the mid-term reshuffle which is due to take place here in Ireland next month and takes a deep diver into the Government; how it was formed, how it has performed and what is likely to happen when the changes are made by Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar. They’ll be switching places as they try to deal with everything that entails including a cost of living, energy and housing crisis. Mandy is joined by three experts who watch politics here in Ireland to give us all their views on what lies ahead for the new administration. And Mandy takes an alternative looks at the sector by speaking to one of the Approved Housing Bodies ‘Circle Voluntary Housing Association’ and hears about how the profile of the people needing this type of assistance has changed radically in recent years.
This week on Taking Stock Mandy Johnston looks our eating and travel habits post pandemic, because we have gone back to both with great gusto. Ryanair this week reported pre-tax profit of €1.4bn for the six months of the year. How did it recover so well and what are its plans for the future? Mandy chats Sean Keyes of the Currency about the secret of Ryanair’s success. Back on the ground here in Ireland, how we eat and when we eat has changed, and we hear from Maureen Gahan of Bord Bia about our new post pandemic dining-out habits And Former president Donal Trump is expected to declare his candidacy, but he will do so under investigation for everything from his handling of top-secret documents to the price tag placed on his New York penthouse. Joe Miller from the Financial Times in New York talks us through the big legal battles ahead for Mr Trump and his Business Empire
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