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7367: Irish people trust radio more than any other form of media
Friday 18 January 2019
It's official: Irish people trust radio more than any other form of media. New figures from Eurobarometer show that 68 per...
7368: Irish are low spenders on recreation and culture
Thursday 17 January 2019
Irish people are among the lowest spenders in the EU when it comes to recreation and culture. New figures from Eurostat...
7366: EU to tackle pay disparity between men and women
Tuesday 15 January 2019
The European Commission is calling on members of the public to have their say in addressing equal pay for men...
6368: EU Commission to restrict use of four harmful chemicals
Friday 11 January 2019
The European Commission is to restrict the future use of four harmful chemicals known as "Thalates" from June 2020. The substances are...
6367: Record numbers now at work in the European Union
Thursday 10 January 2019
The number of people at work in the European Union at the end of 2018 was the highest ever on record. 239...
6366: EU gets tough with ruthless retailers
Wednesday 09 January 2019
The European Parliament and EU Commission have reached agreement to impose new measures to stop ruthless retailers from engaging in unfair trading...

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7367: IRISH PEOPLE TRUST RADIO MORE THAN ANY OTHER FORM OF MEDIA
Friday 18 January 2019
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It's official: Irish people trust radio more than any other form of media.

New figures from Eurobarometer show that 68 per cent of Irish people trust radio output compared to the EU average of 59 per cent.

Sweden recorded the highest level of trust in radio on 83 per cent followed by Denmark on 80 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says the remarkable thing about the statistics is that more people in Ireland trust radio over television.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: of Irish people

7368: IRISH ARE LOW SPENDERS ON RECREATION AND CULTURE
Thursday 17 January 2019
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Irish people are among the lowest spenders in the EU when it comes to recreation and culture.

New figures from Eurostat show that households in the EU spend 8.5 per cent of their disposable income on culture and leisure pursuits.  

The average spend per person per year in the EU is €1,400.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says Irish personal spend on culture and recreation is close to the bottom of the EU league.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: recreation and culture.

7366: EU TO TACKLE PAY DISPARITY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN
Tuesday 15 January 2019
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The European Commission is calling on members of the public to have their say in addressing equal pay for men and women.

It has launched a consultation process across the European Union to assess personal experience and proposed solutions.

Members of the public have until April 5th to make submissions and can do so online by entering 'Equal Pay consultation' in to Google.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Dublin says this is a real opportunity to address the pay disparity culture between men and women.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: fifth of April

6368: EU COMMISSION TO RESTRICT USE OF FOUR HARMFUL CHEMICALS
Friday 11 January 2019
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The European Commission is to restrict the future use of four harmful chemicals known as "Thalates" from June 2020.

The substances are known to have toxic effects on human reproductive health and male fertility, and can contribute to breast cancer.

Substances including the four thalates can be present in plastics in a wide variety of everyday products such as cables, children's toys, coated fabrics and sports equipment. 

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says that the EU is taking action to protect consumers from these harmful chemicals. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: into contact with

6367: RECORD NUMBERS NOW AT WORK IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday 10 January 2019
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The number of people at work in the European Union at the end of 2018 was the highest ever on record.

239 million people were in jobs across the EU with 158 million working in the Euro currency zone.

Malta recorded the highest employment growth in 2018 of 4.9 per cent with Ireland fourth on 3.4 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the European Union is continuing to bounce back from the financial crash of 2008.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: the top four

6366: EU GETS TOUGH WITH RUTHLESS RETAILERS
Wednesday 09 January 2019
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The European Parliament and EU Commission have reached agreement to impose new measures to stop ruthless retailers from engaging in unfair trading practices.

The conduct, whereby some supermarkets force suppliers to reduce their prices below break-even point, has resulted in thousands of food and product suppliers across the EU going out of business.

The new measures, which will impose penalties on major retailers who engage in unfair practice, could be law here by the end of 2019.

Gerry Kiely of the EU Commission office in Ireland says the agreement is good news for suppliers and will help to maintain job security and prosperity in several sectors.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: terms of trade

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