Archive - October 2017

1214: EU INVESTMENT IN IRISH LAMB PROMOTION
Friday 27 October 2017
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The European Commission is to spend €10.3 million promoting lamb consumption in France, the UK and Germany over the next three years.

Bord Bia will contribute €300,000 to the promotion between 2018 and 2020.

The marketing initiative will bring huge benefits to the Irish sheep sector.

Declan Fennell of Bord Bia say the campaign will target the 25-35 years of age demographic.
 

Interviewee: Declan Fennell | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: doing in-store promotions

1213: NEW EU LAWS ON PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES
Wednesday 25 October 2017
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The EU is to tighten the laws on selling and possessing synthetic drugs or legal highs.

Under new European legislation, member countries will be given six months to apply any EU decision to ban a substance instead of the current implementation period of 12 months.

New penalties for trading psychoactive substances will range from five to ten years in jail.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says large quantities of these drugs are imported from China and India.





Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: apply that decision

1212: ECC ADVISORY ON UNSAFE HALLOWEEN ITEMS
Tuesday 24 October 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is advising the public to be vigilant if buying Halloween items over the coming days.

It says the market can be flooded with sub-standard materials which do not meet EU safety standards.

The advisory comes after 700 unsafe Halloween items were seized and destroyed at Dublin Airport after failing to meet certain thresholds.

Martina Nee of the ECC office in Dublin says only items that carry a CE label are acceptable here and is warning the public to watch out for Chinese imitations.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: EU CE mark

1211: IRISH SCIENTISTS MAKE MAJOR BREAKTHROUGH IN TACKLING LUNG CANCER
Friday 20 October 2017
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Scientists in three Dublin hospitals have discovered that a well-known drug used to treat alcohol addiction can fight chemotherapy resistance in large-cell lung cancer.

The development now offers great hope to people suffering from the disease.

Resistance to chemotherapy has become a significant challenge in the fight against lung cancer, which kills more people worldwide each year than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.  

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission, which part funded the research, says this is a major breakthrough in the fight against lung cancer.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: people are receiving

1210: DONEGAL CONFERENCE ON MOVING TO EUROPEAN MAINLAND
Thursday 19 October 2017
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The last in the series of conferences offering guidance to young Irish people planning to move to the European mainland next year takes place at 1.30pm today in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.

The "Europe is Open to You" event will explain the do's and don'ts of moving elsewhere in the EU.

The conference will also give details of funding sources and programmes that can be accessed for such a move.

Helen Butler of 'Eurodesk Ireland' says the speakers today will include people who have enjoyed the benefits of  the "Europe is open to You" programme.

Interviewee: Helen Butler | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: story as well

1209: IRELAND HAS SECOND LOWEST INFLATION RATE IN THE EU
Tuesday 17 October 2017
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Ireland recorded the second lowest consumer inflation rate in the EU during the past year.

New figures from Eurostat show that the inflation rate here for the 12 months up to September was only 0.2 per cent.

Only Cyprus had a lower inflation rate at 0.1 per cent while Lithuania had the highest at 4.6%.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the inflation figure for the UK suggests the uncertainty around Brexit has weakened the sterling currency.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: value of sterling

1208: CO. GALWAY CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE MOVING ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE
Tuesday 17 October 2017
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A major conference takes place at 1.30pm in Ballinasloe Library today (Tuesday) which will offer guidance to young Irish people planning to move to the European mainland next year.

The "Europe is Open to You" event will explain the do's and don'ts of moving elsewhere in the European Union to live and work.

A similar event is planned for Letterkenny thisThursday.

Helen Butler of 'Eurodesk Ireland' says certain funding programmes can be accessed for young people planning to move elsewhere in the EU. 

Interviewee: Helen Butler | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: further away countries

1207: IRISH AIRLINE PASSENGER NUMBERS CONTINUE TO RISE
Friday 13 October 2017
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Air passenger numbers from Ireland rose by more than 10 % from 2015 to 2016, according to new figures from Eurostat.

32 .6 million passengers were recorded leaving Irish airports in 2016 with the majority flying to Britain.

Air passenger numbers are up all over Europe with a record 1 billion passengers being carried in 2016, up 54.4 million on 2015.  

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says the Irish figures have risen in accordance with the improving economy.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: a big jump

1205: SIGNIFICANT FALL IN THE RATE OF IRISH PSYCHIATRISTS
Tuesday 10 October 2017
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The number of psychiatrists in this country is on the decline.

New figures from Eurostat show that since 2012, Ireland saw the biggest per capita fall of practitioners in the profession than any other EU State.

Germany, with 22 psychiatrists per 100,000 population, has the highest rate in the EU.

According to Ruth Deasy of the European Commission, the fall in the ratio here in the past five years is significant.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: just three years

1204: TIPPERARY CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE MOVING ELSEWHERE IN THE EU
Monday 09 October 2017
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A major conference takes place at 1.30pm in Ballykisteen Hotel, Limerick Junction in Co. Tipperary today (Monday) which will offer guidance to young Irish people planning to move to the European mainland next year.

The "Europe is Open to You" event will explain the do's and don'ts of moving elsewhere in the EU and will give details of funding sources and programmes that can be accessed for such a move.

Other similar events are planned for Ballinasloe and Letterkenny in the coming weeks.

Helen Butler of 'Eurodesk Ireland' says the great thing about this service is that it prepares people in advance when moving elsewhere in Europe to work or study. 

Interviewee: Helen Butler | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: try new experiences

1203: EU IRISH CODE WEEK IS UNDER WAY
Monday 09 October 2017
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EU Code Week is under way with events taking place across Ireland in the coming days aimed at encouraging more people to learn computer coding for web page and phone app development.

Further details on Irish coding events are available at codeweek.eu

Mags Amond of CoderDojo Ireland says coding opens up unlimited career opportunities and is a hobby or work option for all ages.

Interviewee: Mags Amond | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: of the Country

1202: IRELAND HAS HIGH RATE OF FEMALE SCHOOL TEACHERS
Thursday 05 October 2017
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Ireland has a higher rate of female school teachers than most other countries in the western world.

On what is 'World Teachers Day', a new Eurostat study has found that 80 per cent of teachers here are female.

The study also found that only 25% of teachers here are over 50 compared to the EU average of 36%.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says our teacher demographics are out of line with the rest of Europe. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 22 seconds | Outwords: six per cent

1201: CONFERENCES ACROSS IRELAND FOR YOUNG PEOPLE MOVING ELSEWHERE IN EU
Monday 02 October 2017
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A major conference takes place at 1.30pm in Blanchardstown library tomorrow (Tuesday) which will offer guidance to young Irish people planning to move to the European mainland next year.

The "Europe is Open to You" event will explain the do's and don'ts of moving elsewhere in the EU and will give details of funding sources that can be accessed for such a move.

Other similar events are planned for Tipperary Town, Ballinasloe and Letterkenny in the coming weeks.

Helen Butler of 'Eurodesk Ireland' says working and living elsewhere in the EU opens a world of opportunities for young people.  

Interviewee: Helen Butler | Clip duration: 0 minutes 21 seconds | Outwords: volunteering in Europe