Archive - February 2017

1119: IRELAND BOTTOM OF THE LIST FOR FOREIGN LANGUAGE LEARNING
Friday 24 February 2017
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Ireland has the lowest rate of students learning foreign languages.

A new report from Eurostat shows that only 88.3 per cent of students in this country learn an international language while the EU average is 98.6 per cent. 

French at 60.4% is the most popular choice with Irish students, followed by German at 23.9%.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says we are way behind our European counterparts.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: below the average

1118: EU IRISH REPORT IS POSITIVE
Thursday 23 February 2017
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Ireland is on course to have economic growth of three per cent in 2017.

That's one of the main findings in the EU Country Report for Ireland just published.

It says however the Government here will have to improve its taxation policy in areas such as consumption, environment, property and labour.

Patrick O'Riordan who is EU Country attaché for Ireland, says all the projections for the Irish economy this year are positive.

Interviewee: Patrick O'Riordan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: that are arising

1117: IRELAND HAS LOWEST INFLATION RATE IN THE EU
Wednesday 22 February 2017
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Ireland had the lowest inflation rate in the European Union during the past 12 months.

New figures from Eurostat reveal that inflation here only rose by 0.2 per cent in that period.

Belgium, at 3.1 per cent, had the highest inflation rate between January 2016 and January 2017.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says prices have actually been falling here across a range of areas.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: biggest downward impact

1116: EU DEAL WITH CANADA TO BENEFIT IRISH COMPANIES
Thursday 16 February 2017
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A number of Irish companies look set to benefit from a new EU trade deal with Canada.

Under the Agreement, almost all tariffs on trade between the two trading blocks will end, thus delivering jobs and growth for both Canada and Ireland.

The deal will also allow Irish companies to tender or apply for Canadian public contracts.

Tim Hayes of the EU office in Dublin says this deal opens up a whole new market for Irish exporters.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: the single market

1115: WATERFORD COLLEGE TO REPRESENT IRELAND IN EU EVENT
Thursday 16 February 2017
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Students from St. Paul's Community College in Waterford City will receive a briefing today (Thursday 16 February) from Seamus Boland of the European Economic and Social Committee.

It comes as the College prepares to represent Ireland at the European Youth Assembly in Brussels on March 30th next.

The College will be one of 33 from all EU member States participating in the "Your Europe, Your Say" debating competition on the future of Europe.

Seamus Boland of the European Economic and Social Committee says this is a wonderful opportunity for St. Paul's students to represent Ireland at the highest level in this event.

Interviewee: Seamus Boland | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: the highest level

1114: EU TAKES IRISH GOVERNMENT TO COURT
Wednesday 15 February 2017
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The European Commission is to take the Government of Ireland to the EU Court of Justice in a dispute over the collection of urban waste water.

38 centres including Thurles, Navan, Cobh, Killarney and Waterford City have been cited for not preventing serious risks to human health and the environment.

The European Commission says untreated waste water can put human health at risk and pollute lakes, rivers, soil, coastal and groundwater.

Tim Hayes of the EU office in Dublin says the Government here has not adequately addressed this issue since 1991.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 24 seconds | Outwords: proceed against Ireland

1113: ECC VALENTINE'S DAY ONLINE SCAMS
Wednesday 08 February 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people to be extra vigilant for Valentine's Day online scams.

It says people who use dating sites should never send money to people they have never met or don't fully trust.

It says more and more people are complaining about fraud with a deceptive so-called romantic 'friend' outside of Ireland.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says romance or otherwise, don't send money to people you don't know in person. 

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: Economic Crime Bureau

1112: IRISH SCHOOLS TAKING PART IN SAFER INTERNET DAY TODAY
Tuesday 07 February 2017
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Today is "Safer Internet Day".

It's an EU-wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people.

Over 70,000 children and teenagers in at least 402 schools around the country are taking part in programmes today aimed at safer and more responsible use of the worldwide web.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says 'Safer Internet Day' is just as important for parents as it is for their children.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: internet more safely

1111: MAJOR EU GRANT FOR DUBLIN COMPANY
Monday 06 February 2017
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A Dublin company is to share in the award of €2.3 million from the European Commission in the drive to develop potent anti-biotics.

Statistica-Medica is working with a UK company in the development of the Breathspec project which is a device that analyses one's breath to diagnose if infections are present in the body.

The EU award comes as more and more bacteria are becoming resistant to anti-biotics.

Gloria Crispino of Statistica-Medica in Dublin, says this project will revolutionise disease detection.


Interviewee: Gloria Crispino | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: or viral infection

1110: EU IRISH FORESTRY INVESTMENT PLAN
Friday 03 February 2017
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The European Commission and European Investment Bank will unveil a €200 million package in Co. Wicklow this morning to encourage investment in the Irish Forestry sector.

Just under ten per cent of Irish land is forest, one of the lowest ratios in the EU.

Sweden tops the European league with close on 70% of land under forest. 

EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan says this investment package will bring many benefits to the environment and Irish economy.

Interviewee: Phil Hogan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: and our economy

1109: ECC ADVISORY ON DEBIT CARDS
Thursday 02 February 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people travelling to eastern Europe to spend cash instead of using debit cards.

It says it has received numerous complaints from Irish consumers who have had their cards skimmed when buying items in restaurants and nightclubs.

One Irish man had €9,000 unknowingly deducted from his account.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says cash is generally a safer option.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: police straight away

1108: NEW EU MOBILE PHONE CHARGES READY FOR LAUNCH
Wednesday 01 February 2017
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The final hurdle has been cleared for the abolition of mobile phone roaming charges.

The European Commission, Parliament and Council of Ministers have agreed a deal on the rate phone companies will charge each other for calls made in neighbouring EU States.

From mid Summer, mobile calls within the EU will cost 3.2 cent per minute while texts anywhere in the European Union will set you back one cent each.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says the countdown is on for June 15th when roaming charges will be abolished.  

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: June, this year