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4301: EU free rail travel deadline looms
Friday 22 June 2018
Next Tuesday is the deadline for applicants to apply for a free rail travel prize across the EU. The competition is...
4300: EU President to visit Dublin
Wednesday 20 June 2018
The President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is to visit Dublin tomorrow (Thursday) for a two-day series of events. Accompanied...
4299: Irish deaths from drugs amongst the highest in Europe
Tuesday 19 June 2018
Ireland now has one of the highest death rates in the EU from drug use. New figures for 2015 just published...
4298: Lung cancer remains leading cancer killer in the EU
Friday 15 June 2018
Lung cancer continues to be the main killer of all cancers in the European Union. 273,000 deaths were recorded across the...
3298: Ireland has one of lowest rates in Europe for overcrowded households
Thursday 14 June 2018
Ireland has the third lowest rate in Europe for overcrowded households. Only 3.2 per cent of the population live in overcrowded...
3297: Irish fare well in EU mortgage and rent arrears stats
Tuesday 12 June 2018
Ireland has the fourth lowest share of the population in the EU who are in arrears with mortgages and rent. Fewer...

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4301: EU FREE RAIL TRAVEL DEADLINE LOOMS
Friday 22 June 2018
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Next Tuesday is the deadline for applicants to apply for a free rail travel prize across the EU.

The competition is open to 15,000 young people across Europe who reach 18 on July 1st next.

140 of the rail passes are available for Irish teenagers as part of the 'Discover EU' initiative, but winners will have to fund their own meals and accommodation.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says applicants must answer a quiz to be in with a chance of winning a rail ticket. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: 26th of June

4300: EU PRESIDENT TO VISIT DUBLIN
Wednesday 20 June 2018
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The President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is to visit Dublin tomorrow (Thursday) for a two-day series of events.

Accompanied by EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, he will hold talks with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and will meet President Higgins.

The discussions come one week ahead of the EU June Summit as pressure mounts on the UK to declare its formal plan on the Northern Ireland border.

Gerry Kiely, who is Head of the European Commission's Representation in Ireland, says President Juncker will confirm his backing for the Irish position on Brexit during his visit.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: need to be discussed

4299: IRISH DEATHS FROM DRUGS AMONGST THE HIGHEST IN EUROPE
Tuesday 19 June 2018
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Ireland now has one of the highest death rates in the EU from drug use.

New figures for 2015 just published by Eurostat show that 70 people in every million in this country are now dying from illicit drugs.

The figure is three times the EU average.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the rate of drug-induced deaths in Ireland is of real concern.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: drug-related deaths

4298: LUNG CANCER REMAINS LEADING CANCER KILLER IN THE EU
Friday 15 June 2018
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Lung cancer continues to be the main killer of all cancers in the European Union.

273,000 deaths were recorded across the EU in 2015, according to figures just published by Eurostat.

Hungary, at 27 per cent, recorded the highest number of lung cancer deaths in the EU. 

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says Irish lung cancer deaths, at 21 per cent, tallied with the EU average. 

 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: all cancer deaths

3298: IRELAND HAS ONE OF LOWEST RATES IN EUROPE FOR OVERCROWDED HOUSEHOLDS
Thursday 14 June 2018
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Ireland has the third lowest rate in Europe for overcrowded households.

Only 3.2 per cent of the population live in overcrowded conditions.

The Eurostat figures cover the year 2016.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says we come in third lowest for overcrowding, whereas Malta and Cyprus had the lowest levels with 2.9 per cent and  2.4 per cent respectively. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: in overcrowded accommodation

3297: IRISH FARE WELL IN EU MORTGAGE AND RENT ARREARS STATS
Tuesday 12 June 2018
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Ireland has the fourth lowest share of the population in the EU who are in arrears with mortgages and rent.

Fewer than two per cent of people in Ireland are in arrears, compared with a figure for the UK of just under four per cent of the population.

The Eurostat figures, just published, are for the year 2016.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin, says Ireland compares favourably to other EU States.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: is fifteen per cent

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