Archive - July 2016

1039: EU IRISH ERASMUS BENEFIT
Wednesday 27 July 2016
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The Republic of Ireland will benefit greatly from student exchange programmes when the UK leaves the EU, according to the European Movement Ireland office.

It says foreign students are likely to come here in order to learn English as the UK will no longer be a partner in the Erasmus exchange scheme.

€60 million was spent in the Irish economy by Erasmus students in 2014.

Noelle O'Connell of the European Movement says Ireland is likely to be the country of choice for students ahead of Malta in the coming years.



Interviewee: Noelle O'Connell | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: here in Ireland

1038: EU GREEN DRIVING TOOL FOR MOTORISTS
Wednesday 27 July 2016
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The European Commission has launched a new website aimed at helping car drivers save money by making them aware of the costs of journeys they are making.

The Green Driving Tool is designed for motorists in all 28 Member States of the EU. Drivers input details about their car and the routes they drive, and are told how much fuel is used and CO2 emitted on the journey.

The site aims to trigger changes in drivers’ behaviour such as modifying how they drive, considering car-pooling, or choosing a different car when they next come to buy one.

Nathalie Vandystadt of the EU Commission in Brussels says its application can save motorists money – and help the environment - by following a few simple tips.

Interviewee: Nathalie Vandystadt | Clip duration: 0 minutes 21 seconds | Outwords: It will generate

1037: EU IRISH ONLINE HOLIDAYS ADVISORY
Thursday 21 July 2016
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people to check the small print on contracts if going on package holidays booked online.

It says many people are unaware they have fewer rights in law compared to those who book a holiday with a walk-in bonded travel agent.

The advice comes following the collapse of the Low Cost Holidays group last weekend which has caused chaos for over 120,000 holiday makers.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says people planning a holiday booked online should check the ECC website or confirm the bookings with the respective airlines and hotels before travelling.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: will remain valid

1036: EU BREXIT ASSESSMENT STATS
Tuesday 19 July 2016
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The European Commission says economic growth in the UK could fall by as much as 2.75 % over the next 18 months arising from the vote to leave the EU.

The figures are contained in its first economic assessment following the British Referendum on June 23rd last.

It says GDP growth in the Euro area could also be affected from Brexit with figures slipping from a projected 1.7% in 2016 to 1.5% in 2017.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says the issue of uncertainty appears to effecting investment and trading confidence.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: still not clear

1035: EU IRISH FARMERS FINANCIAL PACKAGE
Tuesday 19 July 2016
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The European Commission  is making €11 million available to Irish farmers to address trading difficulties in the market place.

The money is mainly directed towards dairy farmers who have seen a fall in milk prices after quotas were relaxed in April 2015.

Other sectors will also benefit from the package.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the €11 million package is aimed at compensating Irish farmers for producing less product.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: to market conditions

1034: EU IRISH TOP INNOVATION SCOREBOARD
Thursday 14 July 2016
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The Republic of Ireland is the number one country for innovation in Europe amongst small and medium-sized enterprises.

The European Commission 2016 Innovation Scoreboard puts us top out of 28 Member States.

However countries like Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands and the UK are fast catching up.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says Ireland performs well in all innovation categories but we are the best at creating jobs.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: in young companies

1033: EU IRISH CULTURE CAPITAL BID
Wednesday 13 July 2016
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Judging continues in the South East today as the judging panel visits counties Waterford, Wexford and Kilkenny, competing to be the European Capital of Culture in 2020.

The "Three Sisters" as they will be known, are competing against cities Limerick and Galway for the prestigious title.

The successful applicants will be announced on Friday lunchtime by Arts and Regional Affairs Minister Heather Humphreys.

Michael Quinn, who is Bid Director for the three counties, says a win on Friday could generate a minimum of €150 million for the local economy.


Interviewee: Michael Quinn | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: on the economy

1030: EU IRISH TICKETS ADVISORY
Tuesday 12 July 2016
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people not to post pictures of concert tickets for sale on social media sites.

It says fraudsters are using photographs of bar codes to make fake copies of tickets.

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

She says it's best not to post photos at all of concert or sports event tickets.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: to minimise that

1029: EU IRISH ONLINE HOLIDAYS ADVISORY
Wednesday 06 July 2016
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The European Consumer Centre is reminding Irish tourists that they have legal rights under the law if holiday packages booked online don't turn out as promised.

The advisory comes as new figures show that 75 per cent of Irish people are now booking flights online instead of through a travel agent.

The figures from Eurostat also reveal that 56 per cent of Irish people now book their holiday accommodation over the internet.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says if online holiday packages don't go to plan, there are several options for redress. 

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: or full refund

1028: EU IRISH SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS
Tuesday 05 July 2016
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An EU briefing in Dublin has been told that Syrian refugees are now paying three times more than this time last year to be smuggled in to Europe.

The comments were made by EU Migration chief Matthias Ruette who said more will have to be done to stop making it lucrative for people smugglers.

The Government here has given a commitment to take in 4,000 refugees from Syria.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says just under 300 Syrians have arrived here so far and more are expected in the Autumn.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: the people smugglers

1027: EU IRISH RETAIL SPEND INCREASE
Tuesday 05 July 2016
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New figures out today from Eurostat reveal there was an increase of 6.7 per cent in Irish retail spend between May 2015 and May 2016.

The increase was higher than in the UK, where the increase in spend was 6.5%

The Republic of Ireland recorded the fourth highest increase for the period across the 28 member states of the EU.

Cora De Paor of the EU office in Dublin says the figures show that people now have more money to spend. 

Interviewee: Cora De Paor | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: money to spend