Archive - Spetember 2017

1200: IRISH HAVE LOW AWARENESS OF NEW EU PHONE RATES
Thursday 28 September 2017
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41% of Irish and French consumers, that's more than any other nationality, think that phoning home from another EU State is more expensive than a domestic call in Ireland.

This is despite the abolition of mobile roaming charges within the EU last June.

A Eurobar study found that only 15% of Irish people actually know that a call home from another EU State costs the same as a domestic call in Ireland.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says the study also showed a lack of Irish awareness when it comes to sending text messages from other EU States.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: the case either

1199: NEW ECC GUIDE LAUNCHED FOR ONLINE DISPUTES
Wednesday 27 September 2017
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The European Consumer Centre has launched a new guide to using its online dispute resolution platform.

The platform aims to make it easier, faster and less expensive to resolve disputes over online trading both here in Ireland and elsewhere in the EU.

Details on how it works can be seen on the ECC website.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says the guide assists the aggrieved consumer to use the platform to process a complaint with an online trader where a dispute occurs. 

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: within 90 days

1198: IRISH WORKING LIFETIME AMONGST LONGEST IN EU
Friday 22 September 2017
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New figures show that Irish men and women now work an average of 35 years in their lifetime.

The figures from Eurostat allow for the fact that a significant number of Irish women opt out of the workplace to raise families.

The survey revealed that people in Sweden work for 41.3 years, longer than any other EU nationality.

Ruth Deasy of the European Commission says that at 35.4 years, Irish people are amongst the longest working in the EU.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: and the Netherlands

1197: EU PAYMENTS TO IRISH FARMERS INCREASED
Thursday 21 September 2017
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The European Commission has agreed to increase the Basic Payment Scheme from 50% to 70% to Irish farmers.

The one-off payment, amounting to €250 million, follows intense lobbying arising from recent adverse weather that has caused cash-flow difficulties for 139,000 farming families.

Details of the increased payments were made by the EU Agriculture Commissioner at the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore this morning.

Commissioner Phil Hogan says the payments are necessary for farmers who are presently struggling to pay their bills.

Interviewee: Phil Hogan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: fifty per cent

1196: EU CANADA AGREEMENT TO BENEFIT IRISH BUSINESS
Wednesday 20 September 2017
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Business opportunities for Irish companies look set to boom from today as the new EU-Canada trade agreement comes in to effect.

At present, Irish exports to Canada are worth €1.4 billion per year but this will now increase under the deal.

Irish exports of pharmaceuticals and alcohol alone are worth just under €400 million per annum.

Ruth Deasy of the EU office in Dublin says this new trading deal with Canada will open a world of opportunities for Irish traders and professionals.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: tenders in Canada

1195: IRELAND PREPARES FOR EU MOBILITY WEEK
Saturday 16 September 2017
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Today (Saturday) marks the start of EU Mobility Week.

Between now and next Saturday, towns and cities around Europe will be staging over 2,000 events aimed at persuading people to share car journeys and be more mobile by cycling and walking.

A range of events are taking place in most towns in Ireland over the next seven days.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says our major cities, including Limerick, Galway and Cork, will also be staging a number of initiatives aimed at reducing our carbon output.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: in the town

1194: DUBLIN PRODUCES MORE THAN ALL IRISH REGIONS COMBINED
Thursday 14 September 2017
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More than half of Ireland's yearly industrial production now comes out of Dublin City.

New figures from the Eurostat Regional Report show that over 50% of Ireland's GDP - the total value of everything produced in the country - is generated in the capital even though 60% of the population live outside Dublin.

The figure is out of kilter with the majority of other EU capitals.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the figures show that since 2004, more and more industrial output is coming from Dublin City.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: of the Country

1193: HURRICANE IRMA REFUND POSSIBLE
Wednesday 13 September 2017
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Irish people caught up in last weekend's hurricane Irma storm in the Caribbean may be entitled to a refund.

The European Consumer Centre says EU citizens who experience flight delays with European-based airlines have certain legal entitlements.

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

She says the circumstances for refunds vary from incident to incident.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: of the ticket

1192: EU CRITICISES UK OVER IRELAND
Thursday 07 September 2017
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The war of words between the EU and UK on Ireland in Brexit talks have heated up today.

The EU chief negotiator has criticised the UK for using Ireland as a test country for its frontier with the European Union.

Michel Barnier said the UK has created the Brexit problem on the island of Ireland and therefore it must fix it.

Michel Barnier added that any plans by the British to exploit its border and customs arrangement with the Republic of Ireland will not happen.

Interviewee: Michel Barnier | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: will not happen

1191: EU TELLS UK GOVT TO SORT OUT BREXIT IN IRELAND
Thursday 07 September 2017
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The European Union has piled pressure on the British Government to sort out the complex issues on the island of Ireland arising from Brexit.

In a key address in Brussels this morning, EU Chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the European Commission wants to minimise the impact that Brexit will have on Ireland.

He said everything must be done to avoid a hard border between the UK and Republic.

EU spokesperson Ruth Deasy says Michel Barnier has made it clear that it's now up to the British and NOT the Irish to sort out its Brexit issues on the island of Ireland.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: this throws up

1190: EU SEEKS IRISH FEMALE INNOVATORS
Thursday 07 September 2017
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The European Commission is seeking Irish female innovators.

A first prize of €100,000 is on offer to a woman entrepreneur who has developed outstanding innovations and brought them to market.

Last year, Irish woman Dr. Sarah Burke finished third in the EU Prize for Women Entrepreneurs for her work with Skytek which provides software for the international space station.

Spokesperson Ruth Deasy says more details on this competition can be had from the EU Commission office in Dublin.

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: can look online

1189: IRISH WORK LONGER HOURS THAN MOST EU CITIZENS
Friday 01 September 2017
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Irish people work 90 hours more per year than the EU average.

That's one of the key findings in a new report from the Dublin-based EU agency EUROFOUND.

The study also found that Irish workers, on average, only get 20 days holidays each year compared to 25.7 days for citizens of the first 15 EU member States.

Ruth Deasy of the EU Commission says the figures means the Irish are among the most industrious in the European Union. 

Interviewee: Ruth Deasy | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: older member States