Archive - November 2017

1229: IRISH ELECTRICITY COSTS 4TH HIGHEST IN THE EU
Thursday 30 November 2017
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New figures show that electricity prices here are the fourth highest in the 28 States of the EU.

Only Denmark, Germany and Belgium have higher prices, according to Eurostat.

On household gas prices, Ireland at €6.30 per 100 kilowatt hour is ninth highest, a little above the EU average of €5.80 per 100 kilowatt hours.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission Office says electricity prices here continue to remain higher than the UK.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: Kilo-watt hours

1228: EU CHANGES ON THE WAY FOR FOOD AND FARMING
Wednesday 29 November 2017
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Changes are on the way for the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy.

Later today (Wednesday) the European Commission will announce details of new proposals which will aim to improve performance and results for farmers across the EU while reducing red tape.

The changes will see greater supervision and engagement by National governments instead of the current arrangement which is administered by the European Commission in Brussels.

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan says the changes will bring greater benefits to EU food and farming production at local level.

Interviewee: Phil Hogan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the bio economy

1226: IRELAND THIRD ON EU ATTITUDES TOWARDS MORE WOMEN IN POLITICS
Tuesday 21 November 2017
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Ireland only comes third in an EU-wide belief that more women should be involved in political decision-making roles.

A new Eurobar survey says only 72% of Irish respondents are in favour of more women in executive political positions, the figure in Malta was 80% followed by Portugal on 76%.

The survey also found that 39% of Irish people believe that the most important role of a man is to earn money, which is below the EU average of 43%. 

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the figure for Irish people who believe more women should be at the top of commercial organisations, is only just above 50 per cent.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: and big organisations

1225: ECC ADVISORY ON INTERNET SHOPPING
Monday 20 November 2017
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Irish consumers are being urged to become familiar with their legal rights before purchasing online.

A survey by the European Consumer Centre has found that of 73% of Irish people who bought online in the past 12 months, almost half are not confident about their rights.

60% of purchases made in the past 12 months were from Britain with common complaints including items not arriving on time, unexpected extra costs and delivery restrictions, mainly in rural areas. 

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are some basic EU rights that all online shoppers should be aware of.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: of faulty goods

1224: CO. GALWAY CONFERENCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE MOVING ELSEWHERE IN EUROPE
Monday 20 November 2017
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A re-scheduled conference takes place at 1.30pm in Ballinasloe 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 European Union to live and work.

The original event last month was postponed due to "Storm Ophelia".

Helen Butler of 'Eurodesk Ireland' says there is a vast range of opportunities out there for young people who move elsewhere in the EU.

Interviewee: Helen Butler | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: covered by insurance

1223: IRELAND SECOND FROM BOTTOM WHEN IT COMES TO ORGANIC FARMING
Friday 17 November 2017
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Ireland has the second lowest rate of organic farming land in Europe.

New Eurostat figures show that in 2016, only 1.7% of agricultural land in Ireland - or 77,000 hectares - was devoted to organic farming.

The figure, which is up from 1.16% since 2012, puts us on a par with Romania and slightly ahead of  Malta.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin, says Austria tops the league table for organic farming in the European Union.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: at 18 per cent

1222: IRELAND HAS THIRD LOWEST RATE OF TYPE 2 DIABETES IN EU
Wednesday 15 November 2017
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Almost 30 million people in the European Union now report suffering from chronic diabetes.

New figures from Eurostat show that the over 65s age group make up the largest share of people with the condition across the EU.

The statistics show that those vulnerable to chronic diabetes are generally those who achieved little or no educational qualifications.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the Eurostat study of Type 2 diabetes found that Ireland has the third lowest rate in the European Union.

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

1221: EU WARNING ON ANTI-BIOTICS
Tuesday 14 November 2017
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The European Commission is warning that humanity faces an uncertain future unless science can tackle growing human and animal resistance to anti-biotics.

The problem is now costing 25,000 deaths per year in Europe and adding €1.5 billion to healthcare costs.

The Commission is investing €200 million over the next three years to combat growing anti-biotic resistance.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin, says if the problem isn't tackled successfully, routine hospital operations may become a thing of the past.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 21 seconds | Outwords: is doing now

1220: LOW NUMBERS OF FEMALE FARMERS IN IRELAND
Thursday 09 November 2017
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Ireland has the lowest rate of female farmers in the European Union.

Just 11.6 per cent of those in Irish farming are female, according to a new Eurostat survey.

Austria, on 44.5%, has the highest rate of female farmers in the 28 States of the EU.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission, says the amount of Irish farmers over the age of 64 is also on the decline.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: of 35 per cent

1219: DUNDALK STUDENT WINS EUROPE DIRECT SOAPBOX COMPETITION
Tuesday 07 November 2017
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Dundalk student Leah O'Shaughnessy has this afternoon won this year's Europe Direct Soapbox junior debating competition speaking on the motion: 'Brexit is an opportunity for Ireland'.

16-year old Leah, who is from Redbarn Road in the town and attends St. Vincent's Secondary School, successfully beat off 150 contestants in the under 18 category and for her efforts wins €1,000 and a free trip to Brussels.

Leah O'Shaughnessy believes Brexit will actually be an opportunity for smugglers.

Interviewee: Leah O'Shaughnessy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: main trading partner

1218: SLIGO MAN WINS EUROPE DIRECT SOAPBOX
Tuesday 07 November 2017
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This year's 'Europe Direct Soapbox' debating competition has been won this afternoon by Kieran Timmons of Thorn Hill, Sligo.

He successfully argued at the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham Dublin that Brexit could be an opportunity for Ireland.

He beat off 150 contestants nationwide to take the first prize of €1,000 and a trip to Brussels.

Kieran Timmons believes that Brexit could be an opportunity for Ireland to attract corporations looking for an English-speaking base in Europe, but only if the issues highlighted in the 'Paradise Papers' of such companies not paying all their taxes here, is properly addressed first.

Interviewee: Kieran Timmons | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: be addressed urgently

1217: IRISH ARE TOPS FOR LIVING IN HOUSES
Friday 03 November 2017
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More Irish people live in houses than any other nationality in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that 92.5% of Irish people live in a house while the EU average is only 57.5%.  

The UK had the next highest share of people living in houses at 84.8% while the rate for Spaniards is just 33.5% followed by people in Latvia on 33.8%.

According to the Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission, the rate for Irish people living in apartments and flats, is the lowest in Europe.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: 43 per cent

1216: IRISH MEN DO MORE HOUSEWORK THAN EU COUNTERPARTS.
Thursday 02 November 2017
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48 per cent of Irish men do housework every day, according to new figures out today.

The study by Dublin-based agency EuroFound, shows that 89 per cent of Irish women cook and do housework every day.

The figures put Irish men and women way ahead of the European average, where 79 per cent of women cook or do housework daily compared to just 34 per cent men.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says Irish men and women are better at sharing housework compared to most of their European neighbours.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: Sweden and Latvia

1215: IRISH ARE THIRD BEST EDUCATED IN THE EU
Wednesday 01 November 2017
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Ireland continues to produce one of the highest rates of university graduates in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat put us in third place out of 27 States in terms of graduates per capita from cities and rural areas.

Luxembourg remains top with 62 per cent of graduates from cities while the comparable figure in Ireland is 45%.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says the Irish remain one of the most educated nations in Europe.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: the EU average