Archive - May 2017

1158: EU IRISH LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST TOBACCO.
Wednesday 31 May 2017
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Today is 'World No Tobacco Day' and Ireland leads the fight against cigarettes.

Figures from Eurostat show that since 2009, 63 per cent of Irish people have never smoked, that's the highest figure in the European Union.

The statistics also reveal that the Irish recorded the highest level of support for keeping cigarettes from view in shops.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission office in Dublin, says the Irish are tops in the fight against cigarettes.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: in plain packaging

1157: EU IRISH UNDER-EMPLOYMENT ABOVE THE EUROPEAN AVERAGE
Thursday 25 May 2017
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101,000 people are under-employed in Ireland according to new figures from Eurostat.

People who are under-employed are classed as those who want to work more hours than their employer can provide and are usually subject to zero hours contracts.

About 23% of part-time workers in Ireland are under-employed which is just above the EU average.  

Eoin O'Leary of the EU Commission says one of the trends to emerge is that more women are under-employed than men.

Interviewee: Eoin O'Leary | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: Ireland, are women

1156: EU PLANS TO PHASE OUT CIGARETTES
Wednesday 24 May 2017
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The EU could be a cigarette-free zone by 2025.

That's the clear message coming from the EU Commissioner for Health who was in Dublin yesterday.

From September 30th next, Ireland will become the fourth Country in the World to introduce plain packaging on cigarettes and tougher measures are planned in the coming years.

EU Commissioner Vytenis Andrukitis says big changes are coming in Europe for the tobacco industry.

Interviewee: Vytenis Andrukaitis | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: free European Union

1155: EU ONLINE HOLIDAYS WARNING
Tuesday 23 May 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is warning consumers that when booking holidays online, the price indicated in an offer may not be the final one.

A report published by the Network of European Consumer Centres has found that just over 10,000 people complained of having to pay more than quoted for an online holiday due to hidden charges.

Martina Nee is press officer with ECC Ireland.

She says there are a number of things consumers can do to avoid being misled.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: what you got

1154: EU DUBLIN CONFERENCE ON HEALTH AND FOOD SAFETY
Friday 19 May 2017
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Members of the public are invited to attend a special EU Citizens dialogue event at the Print Works in Dublin Castle at 4.30pm next Monday.

The event will discuss the future of the EU, democracy and the EU's policies on Health and Food Safety.

Special guest will be Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU Commissioner for Health.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says in order to attend and hear the Commissioner, members of the public must register with the European Movement Ireland office.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: European Movement Ireland

1153: ECC DEBIT CARD ADVISORY
Thursday 18 May 2017
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The European Consumer Centre is warning debit card holders to be extra vigilant if purchasing goods online.

It says last week's infection of computers by malware virus worms should be a reminder that no one is safe from hacking.

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

She says card holders should double-check who exactly they are paying in advance of purchasing a product online.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: seek your consent

1152: EU ROAMING CHARGES ABOLITION NEXT MONTH: CHECK YOUR CONTRACT
Wednesday 17 May 2017
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There's just under one month to go to the abolition of EU mobile phone roaming charges.

On June 15th next Irish people will be able to phone home from another EU State for the price of a local call here.

Ruth Deasy is Head of Press at the EU office in Dublin.

She says Irish mobile phone owners should check the terms of their contracts in the coming weeks to determine their respective pricing plans. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: of the scheme

1151: EU BLUE STAR AWARD FOR LIMERICK SCHOOL
Tuesday 09 May 2017
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Askeaton senior National School in Co. Limerick has won an EU Blue Star award.

The accolade is given to schools who successfully complete a five-year set of projects aimed at raising awareness on how the EU operates.

161 schools nationwide took part in the project.

12-year old Michael O'Sullivan of Askeaton National School says the signs are Brexit will be a big blow to Ireland.

Interviewee: Michael O'Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: partner is America

1150: EU BLUE STAR AWARD FOR CLARE SCHOOL
Tuesday 09 May 2017
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Réalt Na Mara National School in Kilkee Co. Clare has won an EU Blue Star award.

The accolade is given to schools who successfully complete a five-year set of projects aimed at raising awareness of how the EU operates.

161 schools nationwide took part in the project.

10-year old Grace McCusker from Réalt Na Mara school says tasting food from other EU States was the tough part!! 

Interviewee: Grace McCusker | Clip duration: 0 minutes 22 seconds | Outwords: baguettes and stuff

1149: EU IRISH EUROPE DAY
Tuesday 09 May 2017
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Today, Tuesday, is Europe Day.

It marks the anniversary in 1950 when French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman announced a new relationship with Germany after years of hostilities during World War Two.

The new working relationship with Germany centred around trade in coal and steel and led to the creation of the EEC now known as the European Union.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says Europe Day this year has a whole new significance in light of the Brexit referendum in the UK last June.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: peace and stability

1148: EU IRISH ONLINE ADVISORY ON COMMUNION OUTFITS
Friday 05 May 2017
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The European Consumer Centre in Dublin is advising parents to be extra cautious if buying holy communion dresses online from outside the EU.

It says people who purchase faulty goods from non-EU States have little or no rights under EU law.

The average cost of a full communion outfit last year was €176.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says there a number tips to keep in mind when buying online.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: method of payment

1147: IRISH MEN STAY IN PARENTAL HOME LONGER THAN WOMEN
Thursday 04 May 2017
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Irish men leave their parental home later in life than Irish women.

New figures from Eurostat reveal that Irish males on average opt for independent accommodation at the age of 27.2 years of age.

Irish females are likely to leave home at 25.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says the Irish pattern is very much in line with the EU average.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: 19 years of age

1146: EU IRISH OVERSEAS DONATIONS REMAIN HIGH
Wednesday 03 May 2017
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The people of Ireland continue to be amongst the most generous in the world when it comes to donations for overseas development.

New figures from Eurobar show that 43 per cent of Irish people donate money to organisations for good causes in the Third World compared to the EU average of 27 per cent.

However we rank 7th in Europe per capita behind Sweden, the Netherlands, and Malta.

Tim Hayes of the EU Commission office in Dublin, says the Irish continue to be a nation of great donors. 

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the EU average