Archive - November 2016

1086: EU IRISH MULTI MILLION EURO GRANT (EMBARGO 00.01 1ST DECEMBER)
Wednesday 30 November 2016
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Ireland is to receive €336 million from the European Union for research and innovation.

The money is being granted under the Horizon 20/20 Science Fund and will amount to an average allocation of €2.4 million every week.

Ireland is the most successful applicant for funding under the Horizon 20/20 Programme.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says many sectors in the State will benefit from the money. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: companies including SMEs

1083: EU IRISH PERSONAL EXPENDITURE STATS
Wednesday 30 November 2016
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Irish households devote almost one euro in every four of earned income on energy bills.

Eurostat figures also show that the Irish spend 13 per cent of income on transport and 12.3 per cent on food and non-alcohol beverages which is double the EU average of 6.8 per cent.

However the figures show that the Irish spend more on eating out and drinking than on day-to day food.

Tim Hayes is communications Director with the EU office in Dublin.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: is about seven per cent

1082: ONE IN FOUR IRISH PEOPLE NOW OBESE
Thursday 24 November 2016
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Irish people are getting fatter, quicker, than any other nationality in the EU.

Figures from the OECD and European Commission show that since the year 2000, one in four Irish adults now classify themselves as obese compared to just 1 in 10, sixteen years ago.

Obesity is defined by Body Mass Index when a person's weight is disproportionate to their height.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says the trend on weight gain for Irish people is worrying.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: of this issue

1081: EU IRISH MEDIA STATS
Wednesday 23 November 2016
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Irish people are more positive about truth and independence in the media than any other EU State.

71 per cent of Irish people believe what they receive from national media outlets compared to an EU average of 66 per cent.

Greece, at just 26 per cent, came in lowest in a Eurobar survey in terms of belief in its media output.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says radio news and current affairs came out tops amongst media sources with Irish people - however, social media fared worst of all.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: source of information

1080: EU IRISH BLACK FRIDAY ADVISORY
Tuesday 22 November 2016
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The European Consumer Centre is advising shoppers to read up on their purchasing Rights ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday this weekend.

€130 million was spent on shopping in Ireland during Black Friday in 2015 and that figure is expected to rise significantly this weekend due to the weakness in Sterling.

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

She says do your homework in advance of purchasing, otherwise you could pay dearly. 

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: and cancellation policies

1078: 1 IN 3 IRISH CHILDREN AT RISK OF POVERTY - LATEST EU FIGURES
Friday 18 November 2016
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With the United Nations marking Universal Children's Day on Sunday (20 November), new figures from Eurostat show that one in every four EU children aged 0-17 is at risk of poverty.

Ireland is slightly above the EU average with 30 per cent or just under one in three at risk.

Romania at 46.8 and Bulgaria at 43.7 per cent have the highest rates of at-risk poverty in the 28 member States of the European Union.

According to Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin, poverty levels are continuing to decline in Ireland.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: think about too

1079: ECC WARNING ON PURCHASING PETS
Thursday 17 November 2016
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The European Consumer Centre is warning people to undertake verification checks when purchasing pets from unknown vendors.

It says more and more people are buying pet dogs under the impression they have a full documented pedigree however the reality can be somewhat different.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says there are certain factors that should be explored when purchasing a pet in a private deal.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: and temperament obviously

1077: EU IRISH WORKING LIVES INCREASE
Wednesday 16 November 2016
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People in the European Union can expect to work almost two years longer than ten years ago.

According to Eurostat, the expected working life of a person in the EU stood at 35.4 years in 2015, an increase of 1.9 years compared to 2005.

Irish men worked 38.9 years as of 2015 while women here have an an average working life of 30.9 years.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the signs are that working lives are increasing as people live longer. 

 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: least is Italy

1076: LAOIS STUDENT FINISHES RUNNER-UP IN EU DEBATING COMPETITION
Tuesday 08 November 2016
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County Laois student Anna Delaney has finished runner-up in this year's All-Ireland EU Soapbox debating competition.

18-year old Anna, who represented Mountrath Community School, won second prize in the under-19 section at the event in the National Concert Hall Dublin today.

She competed having won the Midlands Europe Direct debating event in Mountmellick. 

Anna Delaney argued that the European Union is not united in diversity.

Interviewee: Anna Delaney | Clip duration: 0 minutes 22 seconds | Outwords: unity and diversity

1075: GALWAY TEACHER WINS EU DEBATING COMPETITION
Tuesday 08 November 2016
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Galway teacher Siobhan Fitzgerald has won the the All-Ireland EU Soapbox senior debating competition.

A native of Ahascragh, Siobhan, who represented Mountmellick EU Direct Centre, won top prize in the Over-19 section at the event in the National Concert Hall Dublin today.

She was presented with a prize of €1,000 and will travel to Brussels to attend a session of the European Parliament.

Siobhan Fitzgerald argued that the European Union is united in diversity.

Interviewee: Siobhan Fitzgerald | Clip duration: 0 minutes 22 seconds | Outwords: the first place

1074: DUNDALK STUDENT WINS EU DEBATING COMPETITION
Tuesday 08 November 2016
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Dundalk student Aoife McGeough has won the the All-Ireland EU Soapbox debating competition.

16-year old Aoife, who represented St. Vincent's Secondary School, won top prize in the Under-19 section at the event in the National Concert Hall Dublin today.

She was presented with a prize of €1,000 and will travel to Brussels to attend a sitting of the European Parliament.

Aoife McGeough argued that the fallout from Brexit will make the EU less diverse.

Interviewee: Aoife McGeough | Clip duration: 0 minutes 22 seconds | Outwords: the european Union

1073: SKIBBEREEN IT CENTRE MAKES EUROPEAN FINAL
Tuesday 08 November 2016
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The Ludgate IT Hub in Skibbereen Co. Cork has been selected as one of 16 finalists for the European Broadband Awards.

Details of the five successful IT centres for 2016 across all of Europe will be announced in Brussels next Monday.

The ongoing Ludgate project will provide one giga-byte of connectivity to 1,800 premises in the town when complete.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says Skibbereen is a leading model for rural broadband roll-out in Ireland.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: all rural communities

1072: IRELAND HAS LOW RATE OF ADULT EDUCATION TAKE-UP, SAYS EU
Tuesday 08 November 2016
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Ireland has one of the lowest rates of participation in adult education.

New figures from The EU Education and Training Monitor show that only 6.9 per cent of Irish adults are going back to the books to learn new skills.

Croatia has the lowest rate in the EU with only 2.8 per cent of adults returning to education.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says skills shortages in economies are determining the numbers returning to study.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the IT area

1071: PRICE OF IRISH COD & CHIPS COULD BE SET TO RISE
Friday 04 November 2016
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The price of a fresh cod with a bag of chips looks set to rise.

The European Commission has informed Irish fishing fleets that they will have to reduce their annual cod catch by 68 per cent.

Cod stocks have fallen dramatically off the coasts of Ireland and the EU authorities are planning to re-grow numbers over the coming years.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Office in Dublin says the decline in cod stocks could see an increase in demand for other types of fish. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: fish and chips

1070: LATEST EU FIGURES RELEASED FOR GENDER PAY GAP IN IRELAND
Thursday 03 November 2016
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Irish men earn 13.9 per cent more than women here, according to new statistics from the European Commission.

This compares with an EU average gap of 16.7 per cent.

The average hourly earnings gap between male and female is at its narrowest in Romania at 4.5 per cent while in Estonia the margin is 28.1 per cent.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says Irish female employees fare better here compared to the UK.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: picture in Ireland