Archive - December 2017

1239: IRISH COMPANIES RECEIVE MAJOR EU GRANTS
Thursday 21 December 2017
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Six Irish companies are to receive EU grants worth millions of Euros to advance their innovative ideas.

Pure Fibre Limited and Soapbox Labs, both in Dublin; Eircomposites Teoranta at Inverin Co. Galway; and W1dA Experience in Westport are amongst the companies which will benefit from the funding under the EU Horizon 20/20 Programme.

Irish start-up companies have received more grants per capita under the scheme than all other EU States.

Gerry Kiely, who is Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the awarding of the grants reflect the high level of innovation in Ireland.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: Irish industry today

1238: IRISH SME EMPLOYEES TO BENEFIT FROM SHARE OPTIONS SCHEME
Wednesday 20 December 2017
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There's good news today for Irish employees who have shares in small and medium-sized enterprises.

The EU Commission has approved an Irish proposal to reduce the taxation of employee share options for SMEs.

The move means employees of SMEs will be relieved from paying income tax and social contributions when exercising their share options.

Gerry Kiely of the EU office in Dublin says the incentive will benefit employees and make small companies more competitive.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: for the future

1237: IRISH TOPS ON FUTURE OF THE EU
Wednesday 20 December 2017
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80 per cent of Irish people are optimistic about the future of the European Union, according to new figures from Eurobar.

The Irish rate of optimism is the highest in the EU and puts us way ahead of Luxembourg on 72% .

The average figure on optimism about the future of the EU stands at just 57 per cent.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the figure for Ireland is all the more significant as the survey was carried out prior to the recent EU Brexit Summit.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: solidarity with Ireland

1236: IRISH MAKE HUGE EU VOLUNTARY CONTRIBUTION TO CULTURE
Wednesday 13 December 2017
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Ireland continues to be one of the top nations in Europe for volunteering in the cultural sector.

A new Eurobar study shows that 11 per cent of Irish people contribute voluntarily to culture, putting us second in Europe behind Sweden where the participation rate is 14 per cent.

The Study also found that 93 % of Irish respondents think cultural heritage is important, a figure that puts us two points ahead of the EU average.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the GAA plays a huge part in the voluntary contribution to our culture.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: like the GAA

1235: DUBLIN TO HOST MAJOR EU CITIZENS' DIALOGUE
Tuesday 12 December 2017
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Members of the public can have their say on the future of Europe at a major EU citizens' dialogue in Dublin tomorrow (Wednesday).

The event takes place at the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street, Dublin starting at 12 noon.

Contributors will include the EU Education, Youth and Sport Commissioner, Tibor Navracsis, and the Minister for European Affairs, Helen McEntee.

Noelle O'Connell of the European Movement in Ireland says the event has great significance in the light of ongoing Brexit talks and members of the public are invited to contribute.

Interviewee: Noelle O'Connell | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: the years ahead

1234: ECC ADVISORY ON CHRISTMAS SHOPPING
Monday 11 December 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is advising the public to be fully aware of their rights when buying goods in shops or online over the next two weeks.

It says consumers are entitled to a 14-day cooling off period for online purchases but there is no automatic right to a refund or exchange for goods bought in a store.

Martina Nee is Communications officer with the European Consumer Centre in Dublin.

She says the returns policy for goods bought in a shop is at the discretion of the trader.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: not as described

1233: EURO CURRENCY MOST POPULAR IN IRELAND
Thursday 07 December 2017
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A new Eurobar poll shows that 85% of Irish people think the Euro currency is a good thing for this country, compared to the EU average of 64%.

The Euro is least popular in Lithuania with an approval rating of only 36%.

89% of Irish people think that the currency has made travelling easier and less costly, which is the highest rate in the Euro area where only 50% take that view.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the Eurobar survey also came up with interesting findings about one and two-cent coins.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: up to now

1232: €6 MILLION EU GRANT FOR UCG SCIENTISTS
Wednesday 06 December 2017
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A team of scientists at University College Galway has been awarded €6 million for research from the European Commission.

The consortium will use the money to develop an imaging platform for re-generative medicine.

Their 'Starstem’ project  will allow researchers and eventually, hospital doctors, to detect and measure the healing effects of novel stem cell therapies for treating a wide range of human diseases.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the award of €6 million is a major boost for the reputation of UCG.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: be called Starstem

1231: IRISH SCHOOL CHILDREN BEST EU PERFORMERS IN READING
Wednesday 06 December 2017
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New figures show that Irish school children are amongst the best performers in the world.

Statistics from the EU Education and Training Monitor show that fewer Irish 15-year olds are under-achieving on their reading goals than any other EU State.

The figures also show that Irish 15-year olds do better than the EU average on maths and science - however, the number of people in this country taking part in adult education at 6.4% is below the European average of 10.8%.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says Irish children are doing remarkably well internationally on literacy tests.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: on literacy tests

1230: IRISH OVER-65S AHEAD OF EUROPE ON FLU VACCINATIONS
Friday 01 December 2017
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Just over half the over-65 population in Ireland have taken the flu vaccination.

New figures from Eurostat indicate that a large proportion of elderly people here either aren't aware of vaccination or else feel they don't need it.

However Ruth Deasy, communications officer with the European Commission, says that vaccinations of Irish people over 65 are above the EU average but way behind the UK.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: cent, since 2009