Podcast: Where Covid and Brexit collide

Belfast. Once known for linen, tobacco and rope-making, Belfast boasted the world’s largest shipyard, now has a major aerospace and missiles industry, and has blossomed into a big tourist centre. What have Covid and Brexit done to businesses here and what’s next for the city? Business Editor of the Irish News Gary McDonald and owner of Little Giant Films Robin Morgan join the team. 

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It’s time the UK Government looked to its neighbours for inspiration

It seems everyone is looking to see how other Governments are progressing with their attempts to find a vaccine. Spying perhaps, but still not a bad idea. We should all be looking at what our neighbours are doing in terms of protecting jobs and businesses too – bearing in mind of course that all economies are different and there are regional differences to be taken into account. And if the UK Government were to take a look at what’s happening in our nearest neighbour, Ireland, it will find they’re a step ahead in terms of their job protection scheme. 

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Business is returning to Ireland and here’s huge relief that includes hairdressers…

The few chapters I read of the book entitled ‘Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus’ was a revelation to me. It explained that when women have a problem, they want to talk about it, have someone listen without having solutions fired at them. Men instinctively have a propensity to offer solutions! I’ve learned that the situation requires only the occasional nod and the very odd question, solely for clarification. That discovery made for peaceful solutions without actually proposing solutions. Read the book.

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Ireland’s publicans rebel

“You can’t talk, unless you bellow!” commented a crestfallen Joe Duffy, one of Ireland’s best known radio presenters. Duffy was sitting in McCoy’s pub. It’s a set used in ‘Fair City’, one of the country’s television soaps. He was trying to enjoy a half pint of Guinness. 

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Social distancing decimates Ireland’s public transport

I was sitting in the back garden in my dressing gown, gazing forlornly at the reflection of the sky in my tea, and despairing for the future. All of a sudden, a stream of mood-lifting ideas was delivered through my head phones. I had been half-listening to RTE’s ‘Morning Ireland’ (the country’s ‘Today Programme’) when a few interviewees with small food businesses started to extol the benefits of adapting and modifying in the Lockdown.

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Tourism’s turmoil

‘How-ye Matt!’, she shouted in an ebullient and uninhibited manner. ‘How-ye’ being the slang version of how are you! The guy came jogging towards her on a footpath in Sallynoggin in Dublin last week. The woman regaled the audience of RTE Radio One with her account of crossing the path of Oscar winning Matt Damon.

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