Archive - January 2018

2247: EU LOAN FUND TO GREATLY BENEFIT SMALL IRISH BUSINESSES
Tuesday 30 January 2018
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Small Irish businesses are to benefit greatly from a new €30 million loan package operated by the European Investment Fund.

The special fund will benefit micro-entrepeneurs who employ less than ten staff each.

It will function until 2023.

Garret Stokes of Micro-Finance Ireland says this Fund will bring huge benefits to small business operations who can't get loans from banks.



Interviewee: Garret Stokes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: through the banks

2246: EU HERITAGE YEAR CALLS ON PUBLIC TO ORGANISE EVENTS
Monday 29 January 2018
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Members of the public and community groups are being asked to organise events in their locality over the next 12 months to highlight Ireland's rich heritage.

The Heritage Council together with the European Commission is also calling on members of the public to visit at least one historic site of interest between now and next January.

Details of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 will be announced at 11am this morning in the National Museum on Kildare St. Dublin.

Beatrice Kelly of the Irish Heritage Council says the theme of the year ahead is for people to connect with their local history regardless of what form it takes. 

Interviewee: Beatrice Kelly | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: a heritage project

2245: IRISH WORKERS HAVE FIFTH SHORTEST WORKING WEEK IN THE EU
Friday 26 January 2018
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Irish people have a shorter working week than most other employees in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that the Irish work 39.1 hours per week compared to the EU average of 40.3 hours.

Full time employees in Denmark have the shortest working week clocking up 37.8 hours every week on average

Jonathan Claridge of the EU office in Dublin says UK employees have the longest working week.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: Netherlands and France

2244: EUROPEAN COMMISSION TAKES IRELAND TO COURT
Thursday 25 January 2018
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The European Commission is to take Ireland to the EU Court of Justice for not carrying out an environmental impact assessment of the Derrybrien wind farm in Co. Galway.

70 turbines were constructed at the site 13 years ago making it the biggest in Ireland but no proper impact assessment has been carried out.

Under EU law, a study is required for projects of this size before construction can commence.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU office in Dublin says this is highly significant for the local environment around Derrybrien.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the moorland there

2243: ECC WARNING ON INTERNET RENEWALS
Wednesday 24 January 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is advising internet users to double-check for 'automatic renewal' options when purchasing items or services online.

A growing number of Irish people are signing up for subscriptions or free trials without knowing how to cancel or what notice period is allowed before payment is taken.

More and more people are effectively paying for something they don't want and many are faced with threats of debt collection.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says some dating sites are among the worst offenders.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: signing up to

2242: JUST OVER HALF OF IRISH PEOPLE SHOPPED ONLINE IN 2017
Friday 19 January 2018
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53% of Irish people bought online in 2017, just below the EU average of 57%.

The UK at 82% had the highest share of people buying online followed by Sweden on 81%.

The figures from Eurostat show that Romania on 16% and Bulgaria at 18% recorded the lowest purchases online.

Jonathan Claridge of the European Commission says clothes and sports goods followed by travel and holiday accommodation were popular with Irish shoppers.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: and holiday accommodation

2241: EU CALLS FOR IRISH IDEAS TO ERADICATE PLASTIC IN OUR SEAS
Thursday 18 January 2018
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The European Commission is seeking ideas from Irish people to help in the eradication of plastic from our seas and oceans.

It is asking Irish people to make suggestions by contributing online at: ec.europa.eu/info/consultations before February 12th next.

Earlier this week, the EU published proposals to make recycling profitable for business, curb plastic waste and prevent littering at sea by 2030.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU Commission says this online consultation is a great opportunity for concerned Irish people to influence future policy in removing plastic debris from our oceans and seas.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: in the Sea

2240: EU RIGHTS ADVISORY ON UNWANTED GOODS BOUGHT ONLINE
Tuesday 16 January 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is reminding people with unwanted gifts bought online that they have rights under EU law.

It says many people receive gifts bought on the internet but are not sure where they stand legally if they want to return the items.

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

She says recipients of unwanted goods bought online within the EU should remember that they have a 14-day cooling off period to change their minds.

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

2239: VAST IMPROVEMENT IN IRISH HOME HEATING FIGURES
Thursday 11 January 2018
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There's been a significant rise in the number of Irish people who can now afford to heat their homes.

New figures for 2016 from Eurostat show that 5.8% could not afford to heat their properties in 2016.

In 2013, the figure was 10 per cent due mainly to the severity of the recession.

Jonathan Claridge of the European Commission says affordability in Ireland for home heating is now well ahead of the EU average.  

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: the EU average

2238: IRISH COMPLAIN THE LEAST IN EUROPE ABOUT NOISY NEIGHBOURS
Wednesday 10 January 2018
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Irish people complain the least about noisy neighbours compared to any other EU State.

New figures for 2016 from Eurostat show that only 8 per cent of us complain when neighbours make noise.

Malta is top of the list where 26.2 per cent complain annually followed by Germany on 25.1 per cent just ahead of Holland where 24.9 per cent of the Dutch confront their neighbours.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU Commission says the Irish are probably bottom of the list because so many people live in the countryside and we have low rates of apartment living.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: in rural areas

2237: FALL IN IRISH SPEND ON CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR
Tuesday 09 January 2018
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Irish people are now spending less on clothing and footwear than in recent years.

Figures from Eurostat show that in 2016, 3.9 per cent of Irish household spending went on footwear and clothing.

That figure was 4.9 per cent or €900 per annum on average in 2005.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU Commission says our spend in this area is significantly below the EU average.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: the EU average