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9431: Ireland, second most popular employment destination for EU citizens
Friday 12 July 2019
Ireland is now the second most popular destination for employees from elsewhere within the European Union. New figures from Eurostat show that...
9430: Ireland has EU’s second most expensive creche fees for under 3s
Thursday 11 July 2019
Ireland is now the second most expensive country in the EU for crèche places for children under the age of three. New figures...
9429: Ireland has highest proportion of under-fives in the EU
Wednesday 10 July 2019
Ireland’s long-standing baby boom means we now have the highest proportion of children under the age of five in the EU. New...
9427: Mercosur deal will open up markets for Irish food producers and other exporters
Friday 05 July 2019
The Mercosur Agreement with four South American countries creates the potential for a significant increase in exports not just for Irish food and dairy...
9428: ECC Ireland holiday advisory
Thursday 04 July 2019
The European Consumer Centre is advising Irish people to re-check if the foreign holiday they've bought for this Summer is...
9426: EU Agriculture Commissioner says Mercosur deal is no threat to Irish farmers
Wednesday 03 July 2019
The EU Agriculture Commissioner says he understands Irish beef farmers’ concerns about the Mercosur Trade Agreement reached with four South American countries. Under...

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9431: IRELAND, SECOND MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATION FOR EU CITIZENS
Friday 12 July 2019
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Ireland is now the second most popular destination for employees from elsewhere within the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that 12.8 per cent of all workers here are from another EU country - three times the EU average.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says however that Luxembourg attracts more employees from outside the EU than any other State in the European Union. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: from another country

9430: IRELAND HAS EU’S SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE CRECHE FEES FOR UNDER 3S
Thursday 11 July 2019
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Ireland is now the second most expensive country in the EU for crèche places for children under the age of three.

New figures from an EU Commission study show that the average crèche cost for this age group is €771 per month, that's around €440 less than the UK cost.

In countries like Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, childcare is completely subsidised by government, with parents paying only for their children's meals.  

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says crèche fees are expensive here because the Government leaves it to the market to determine costs.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: a family's income

9429: IRELAND HAS HIGHEST PROPORTION OF UNDER-FIVES IN THE EU
Wednesday 10 July 2019
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Ireland’s long-standing baby boom means we now have the highest proportion of children under the age of five in the EU.

New figures from Eurostat show that at 8.3 per cent of the overall population - or 398,000 children – are pre-schoolers.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says while Ireland currently occupies the top spot, Italy is at the bottom.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: aged under five

9427: MERCOSUR DEAL WILL OPEN UP MARKETS FOR IRISH FOOD PRODUCERS AND OTHER EXPORTERS
Friday 05 July 2019
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The Mercosur Agreement with four South American countries creates the potential for a significant increase in exports not just for Irish food and dairy producers but for many other businesses as well, according to the EU Agriculture Commissioner.

Phil Hogan says the tariff-scrapping deal will support over 110,000 jobs in rural Ireland, and offer export opportunities for the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, machinery, electrical equipment and medical devices sectors.

He anticipates the agreement will lead to a significant increase in the trade surplus Ireland currently has with Mercosur.

Interviewee: Phil Hogan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: next 15, 20 years

9428: ECC IRELAND HOLIDAY ADVISORY
Thursday 04 July 2019
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The European Consumer Centre is advising Irish people to re-check if the foreign holiday they've bought for this Summer is a package deal.

It says EU citizens now have new rights under a measure put in place last year that protects the consumer if certain holidays within the European Union don't go to plan.

Martina Nee is communications officer with the European Consumer Centre in Dublin.

She says there are a number of areas holidaymakers should be mindful of when jetting off on their Summer break.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: within 28 days

9426: EU AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER SAYS MERCOSUR DEAL IS NO THREAT TO IRISH FARMERS
Wednesday 03 July 2019
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The EU Agriculture Commissioner says he understands Irish beef farmers’ concerns about the Mercosur Trade Agreement reached with four South American countries.

Under the deal, up to 99,000 tonnes of beef - around 1 per cent of beef consumed - will be allowed in to the European Union every year at preferential tariff rates, while tariffs will be scrapped on almost €500 million worth of Irish exports.

Irish beef farmers, who are the fifth biggest producers in the world generating €3 billion per annum, fear that the deal could put them out of business.

However, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan rejects this, saying that a one billion euro support package will be in place to assist farmers in the event of significant market disturbance arising from the deal.

Interviewee: Phil Hogan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: the market place

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