Archive - October 2016

1069: GLOBAL DIABETES BREAKTHROUGH FOR IRISH COMPANY
Friday 28 October 2016
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A Dublin-based company has announced today it's made a major breakthrough in the treatment of Type-2 Diabetes.

Assisted by an EU Horizon 20/20 grant of €3 million, the Nuritas Corporation has uncovered a body acid called a Peptide which can balance blood/sugar levels in humans.

The substance will be integrated in to everyday foods and should be on the market by 2020 for Ireland's 225,000 diabetes sufferers.

Nuritas CEO Emmet Browne says the development is the biggest scientific advance yet in the treatment of the disease. 

Interviewee: Mr. Emmet Browne | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: it's a breakthrough

1068: EU IRISH HALLOWEEN COSTUMES WARNING
Thursday 27 October 2016
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The European Consumer Centre is warning parents to read the labels on all Halloween costumes purchased in the coming days.

It says labels should state that costumes are flame resistant while plastics should have a CE mark which means the product is of an acceptable EU health and safety standard.

The ECC says Halloween costumes bought online from outside the EU are more vulnerable to catching fire.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says if a new Halloween costume doesn't contain a CE label, it should be reported to the Consumer Protection Commission.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: Consumer Protection Commission

1067: IRELAND BOTTOM OF EU TABLE FOR ORGANIC FARMLAND
Wednesday 26 October 2016
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Ireland has the lowest rate of organic farming in western Europe.

New figures from Eurostat show that after Malta, we have the smallest percentage of total agricultural land devoted to organic farming of all 28 EU Member States, just 1.6%.

Only 73,000 hectares of Irish land is now devoted to organic production compared to just 48,000 hectares in 2010.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says we lag way behind countries like Austria and Sweden which lead the way in this sector.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: land, under organics

1066: NEW EU FIGURES SHOW EIGHT IN TEN IRISH IT WORKERS ARE MEN
Tuesday 25 October 2016
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Eight out of ten employees in the Irish I.T. sector are male.

That's the startling finding in a new survey from Eurostat.

The figures show that just under 78 per cent of men in the business have a 3rd level Degree, and one in every three is under the age of 35.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the signs are that the female numbers will rise in the coming years.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: will be different

1065: NEW EU GUIDE FOR IRISH SMES SELLING ONLINE
Friday 21 October 2016
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The European Consumer Centre and the Dublin Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to launch a guide to update Irish SMEs who are selling online on the latest EU consumer legislation.

The '10 Tips for Selling Online' guide outlines key issues such as privacy statements, terms and conditions, withdrawal periods and product quality.

Irish consumers spent €6.5bn online in 2015, a figure which is predicted to grow to more than €21bn by 2020.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says the new additions to the guide aim to facilitate dispute resolution where complaints exist about unacceptable goods bought online.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: full contact details

1064: NUI DEGREE COURSE FOR INTERPRETERS GETS EU SUPPORT
Thursday 20 October 2016
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The European Commission is calling on Irish students to consider careers as interpreters.

To be considered as an interpreter, one must be fluent in three EU languages and have a Masters Degree in Conference interpreting.

A delegation from Brussels is visiting NUI Galway today to give its full support to the Masters Degree course in interpreting.

Brendan Woods of the European Commission says the profession has many privileges.

Interviewee: Brendan Woods | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: things in Europe

1063: EU IRELAND "LEADING THE WAY" IN GLOBAL POVERTY FIGHT
Tuesday 18 October 2016
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The European Commission says Ireland is leading the way in the global fight against poverty.

It says no other country is doing more to harness international co-operation to help the poor and tackle universal illiteracy.

At present 123 million women and children around the world can not read or write and this, with other political tensions, is ultimately leading to mass migration towards Europe.

Speaking in Dublin today, the EU Commissioner for International Co-operation and Development, Mr. Neven Mimicha, said many countries can learn a lot from the Irish approach to helping the poor of the world.

Interviewee: Mr. Neven Mimicha | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: nutrition, food security

1062: IRISH GRADUATES URGED TO WORK IN EU INSTITUTIONS
Friday 14 October 2016
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The European Movement is calling on more Irish graduates to consider careers with EU institutions.

Close on 700 Irish people work in various EU departments primarily in Belgium, Luxembourg and France.

Noelle O'Connell is Director of the European Movement in Ireland.

She says there are numerous EU institutions where Irish graduates are required and have made a huge impact in since the 1970's.

Interviewee: Noelle O'Connell | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: highly thought of

1061: EU IRISH TICKET SCAM ADVISORY
Thursday 13 October 2016
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people not to purchase concert or event tickets from second-party websites.

It says there is little or no legal comeback if the sites selling such tickets are fraudulent.

The comments come amid controversy over tickets for certain events being re-sold for inflated prices on alternative websites.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says customers should be mindful that they have no legal rights when purchasing tickets from private individuals.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: method of payments

1060: EU IRISH SMES FUNDING SUCCESS
Wednesday 12 October 2016
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Irish SMEs have the highest success rate in Europe for winning grants from the Horizon 20/20 science and innovation programme.

New figures show that 160 small Irish companies have won €54 million in funding since the Programme began in 2014.

That's a 16 per cent success rate compared to a European average of just 6 per cent.

Dr. Imelda Lambkin of Enterprise Ireland says Irish companies are winning the grants because their applications are simply the best.

Interviewee: Dr. Imelda Lambkin | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: forward quality applications

1058: EU LAUNCHES WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS WEBSITE
Thursday 06 October 2016
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The European Commission has launched a new website to assist female entrepreneurs.

WEgate.eu gives advice on mentoring and how to source finance for women who wish to start or grow a business.

The site has specific pages for each member State including Ireland.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the site aims to encourage more women to start their own companies.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 21 seconds | Outwords: the EU average

1059: EU IRISH TEACHING STATS
Wednesday 05 October 2016
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The Republic of Ireland continues to have more female school teachers than males.

Figures released from Eurostat to mark 'World Teachers' Day' today show that 87 per cent of primary school teachers here are female while 71 per cent of positions in secondary schools are held by women.

Lithuania is top of the female primary teaching league in the EU with 97 per cent of positions held by women while Latvia, with 83 per cent, has more female teachers in secondary level.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the teaching profession here is completely dominated by women.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 22 seconds | Outwords: primary school level

1057: EU IRISH LONGEVITY STATS
Tuesday 04 October 2016
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New statistics show that if an Irish woman reaches the age of 80, she is likely to live an extra nine years. A man is likely to live another seven years.

The figures from Eurostat show that people in France have the longest life expectancy and can expect to live an extra 11 years if they reach the 80 mark.

Spanish nationals were close behind in the study with an extra 10.4 years.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the Eurostat figures reveal that women across the European Union are living longer than men. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: one third are men