Archive - November 2018

6356: VALUE OF IRISH EXPORTS TO EU TRADE PARTNERS MORE THAN DOUBLES IN 17 YEARS
Friday 30 November 2018
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The value of Irish exports to countries outside the European Union rose to €128 billion in 2017.

New figures from the European Commission show that this export activity kept 700,000 Irish people in work.

The statistics reveal that one in every three Irish jobs depends on exports.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says that successful EU trade deals have facilitated the increase in Irish exports.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: EU trade deals

6355: IRISH MOST SUPPORTIVE OF EURO CURRENCY
Thursday 29 November 2018
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85 per cent of Irish people think that the Euro currency is a good thing.

Irish approval of the currency is the highest in the Euro Area.

Within other Euro Area countries, the average approval rating of the Euro is 64 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says there are several reasons for the positive attitude in Ireland towards the Euro currency.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: for comparison purposes

6354: IRISH AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY RISES BY FIVE YEARS
Wednesday 28 November 2018
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Irish life expectancy has risen by five years since 2000.

A new EU 'Health at a Glance' Report shows that Irish people on average are now living to 81.5 years.

This puts us above the EU average of 80.6 years.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says changes in diet and lifestyle are contributing to improved outcomes.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: a major issue

6351: ECC BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING ADVISORY
Friday 23 November 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is reminding people that discounted items bought online do not equate to a reduction in consumer rights.

The reminder comes in the light of Black Friday today and Cyber Monday next week, the two days which generally record the highest level of online shopping in advance of Christmas.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says people who purchase online within the EU have a 14-day cooling off period to change their minds if they are unhappy with their purchase.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: change your mind

6353: NOTABLE FALL IN IRISH AWARENESS OF ANTIBIOTICS
Thursday 22 November 2018
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Irish awareness of the use of antibiotics has fallen from 57 per cent to 46 per cent.

Figures from Eurobar also show that Ireland, on 40 per cent, had the fourth highest use of antibiotics last year after Italy at 47%, and Malta and Spain, both at 42%.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU Commission office in Dublin says Irish use of antibiotics is way above the EU average and a growing number of people are unaware of when they should be used.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: effective against viruses

6352: MOST IRISH WANT RID OF ONE AND TWO-CENT COINS
Wednesday 21 November 2018
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76 per cent of Irish people believe it's time to get rid of one and two-cent Euro coins.

A new Eurobar survey shows that Irish dissatisfaction with these particular coins is the second highest in the EU just after Finland.

Ireland, at 86 per cent, also has the highest share of people who think the Euro currency has made travelling easier and less costly. 

Jonathan Claridge of the EU Commission office in Dublin says one and two-cent coins are proving to be unpopular in this country.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: highest in Europe

6350: IRISH RETAIL SPEND INCREASE IS NOW THE HIGHEST IN EUROPE
Friday 16 November 2018
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The boom in weekly spending appears to have returned.

New figures from Eurostat show that the volume of retail trade in Ireland was up 10.2% in September 2018 compared to September 2017.

This was the highest rise in the EU where on average, retail spend rose by just 1.5% over the same period.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Dublin says the rise in employment figures is seeing an increase in spending power.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: down two per cent

6349: EU LABELLING OF VEGETARIAN AND VEGAN FOODS MOVES A STEP CLOSER
Thursday 15 November 2018
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The European Commission has moved a step closer to labelling foods for vegetarians and vegans.

The Commission has formally registered a European Citizens' Initiative which starts the process of examining the proposal.

Grace Bolton, of the EU Commission in Dublin, says a million signatures are now needed across seven EU States to move the initiative on. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: of the proposal

6348: ECC ADVISORY ON PURCHASING REFURBISHED PHONES
Wednesday 14 November 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is urging consumers to do their research and pay securely when buying refurbished phones online.

The warning comes as figures show that, during a 12-month period, just over half of all refurbished phone complaints received from Irish consumers about traders based in other EU countries were in relation to delivery problems. 

Nearly one third of complaints related to goods either arriving faulty or the fault appearing not long after purchase, while in some cases phones were not delivered at all.

Martina Nee, of the European Consumer Centre Ireland, says there are several tips to adhere to when purchasing refurbished phones online.  

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

6347: IRISH MORE CONCERNED ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCE AT ELECTION TIME
Friday 09 November 2018
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Irish people are more concerned about the influence of digital media at election time compared to any other EU nationality.

New figures from Eurobarometer show that 79% of Irish people are concerned that personal data from the Internet could be used to target political messages. The EU average is 67%

84% of Irish people want  the same rules to apply to online social networks and internet platforms that apply to traditional media in pre-election periods on areas such as equal campaigning time, funding and pre-election silence. The EU average is 76%.

Grace Bolton of the EU office in Dublin says the survey shows that Irish people are more conscious about the influence of social media.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: referenda and elections

6346: IRELAND ONE OF THE BETTER EU PERFORMERS FOR BATTERY RECYCLING
Thursday 08 November 2018
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Almost five out of every ten batteries purchased in Ireland are now re-cycled.

New figures for 2016 from Eurostat show that only 15 Member States reached the 45% target set by the EU Batteries Directive for the collection rate of portable batteries.

The report reveals that five countries did not report a battery-collection rate at all.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says in the overall findings, Ireland is one of the better performers for battery recycling.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: batteries are recycled

6345: CLOSING DATE FOR FREE EU URBAN WIFI PLAN
Wednesday 07 November 2018
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Local authorities around the country have two days to apply for a special EU grant to provide free Wi-Fi in public spaces.

€225,000 is being made available to local authorities in Ireland under the first phase of this €120 million EU-wide initiative.

In the upcoming call, the first 2,800 municipalities who apply will get a free WiFi4EU voucher.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office Ireland says this is a wonderful opportunity for urban centres in the regions to get connected - and it's free.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: cities and towns

6343: EU HIGHLIGHTS EQUAL PAY DAY
Friday 02 November 2018
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Tomorrow (Saturday) is EU Equal Pay Day.

The European Commission has designated November 3rd to highlight the average gap in pay between men and women across the EU.

The latest figures from Eurostat show that men earn 16.2 per cent more than women across the 28 member States.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says that women in the EU, on average in relative terms, will work for free from tomorrow until the end of the year.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: of the year

6342: EU PLAN TO TACKLE GENDER PAY GAP
Thursday 01 November 2018
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The European Commission has launched an Action Plan to tackle the gender pay gap.

Women across the EU earn on average 16.2 per cent less than men and when they retire their pensions are 36.6 per cent smaller than men's pensions.

This Saturday marks EU Equal Pay Day.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Ireland says the Gender Pay Gap Plan will explore eight areas.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: they would follow