Archive - February 2018

2259: ECC SNOW ADVISORY FOR AIRLINE PASSENGERS
Wednesday 28 February 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is advising the public that they have certain rights under EU law if their flights are delayed or cancelled as a result of bad weather in the coming days.

It says airlines are obliged to provide re-routing to passengers' final destinations as soon as possible, or a refund.

Martina Nee is Communications Manager with ECC Ireland.

She says delayed airline passengers have a number of rights when weather delays scheduled flights.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: to extra compensation

2258: RADIO IS MOST TRUSTED SOURCE OF INFORMATION IN IRELAND
Tuesday 27 February 2018
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Radio is the most trusted form of media in Ireland.

New figures from Eurobarometer show that 71 per cent of Irish people trust radio as an information source.

Trust in social media was lowest at 16 per cent while the Gardaí, at 62 per cent, are the most trusted political institution.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the figures are a great boost for radio at a time of increased competition.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: at 16 per cent

2257: CORK CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF EUROPE
Thursday 22 February 2018
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Members of the public in Munster are invited to have their say on the future of Europe at a special event in Cork City tonight.

The event, at Cork County Hall on Carrigrohane Road, will discuss Ireland post Brexit and the implications for Irish people.

Commencing at 6.00, the Citizens' Dialogue is one of five taking place around the country over the next three months and admission is free. 

EU Affairs Minister Helen McEntee, who will be in attendance, says the format of the event will give individuals an opportunity to express their concerns on the future of Europe.

Interviewee: Helen McEntee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 21 seconds | Outwords: future look like

2255: EU "RESCEU" FACILITY PLANNED
Wednesday 21 February 2018
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Plans are under way to ensure that Ireland and the other EU Member States are better prepared for future natural disasters.

The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management met with the Government to discuss supporting Ireland in case of flooding and hurricanes like 'Storm Ophelia'.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press with the European Commission's office Dublin.

She says the plan would see response capacities made available from Brussels when such disasters occur.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: spelled RescEU

2256: IRELAND PLACED MID TABLE FOR CHILDCARE IN EU STUDY
Tuesday 20 February 2018
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Only four in ten children in the European Union receive formal childcare.

A new Eurostat study shows that more children in Denmark and Sweden receive formal childcare than any other country in the 28 member States of the EU.

Ireland is placed at number 14 in the EU childcare league table.

Grace Bolton who is Head of Press with the EU office in Dublin, says cost is the main factor in discouraging more Irish parents from paying for childcare. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: uptake in Ireland

2254: EU REPORT PRAISES IRISH ECONOMY BUT WARNS OF RISKS
Monday 19 February 2018
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The European Commission is warning that risks remain for the Irish economy if property prices continue to rise.

A post-bailout report says the current state of the Irish economy suggests the tax base here should be broadened.

It also says that Ireland is performing well in paying its national debt of over €200 billion.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU office in Dublin says the report shows the Irish economy is performing remarkably well but risks remain.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: risks around Brexit

2253: US SOCIAL MEDIA SITES TO ABIDE BY EU CONSUMER RULES
Friday 16 February 2018
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There's good news today for consumers who experience problems after buying unwanted goods on certain social media sites.

Facebook, Twitter and Google+ have agreed to align their terms of services with EU consumer protection rules.

The development means that EU citizens who have issues with the sites can now complain to Europe rather than the host centres in California.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU office in Dublin says this is major progress for Irish users of social media. 

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: make a complaint

2252: ECC WARNING ON VALENTINE'S SCAMS
Tuesday 13 February 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is warning people to watch out for Valentine's Day scams.

It says a growing number of websites take advantage of vulnerable people around this time of year.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and it's estimated that Irish people will spend close on €200 million on romantic gifts.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre says there are a number of things to watch out for in the digital world.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: or social media

2251: IRELAND HAS NUMBER ONE GROWING ECONOMY IN THE EU
Wednesday 07 February 2018
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Ireland continues to have the number one growing economy in the European Union.

New figures from the European Commission show that Irish GDP, the value of all goods made in the State in 2017, rose by 7.3%.

This exceeded the growth forecast of 4.8 % published last Autumn.

Gerry Kiely who is Head of EU Representation in Ireland says the Irish economy is soaring ahead and the future is great also.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: be fairly resillient

2250: GALWAY CONFERENCE TO DISCUSS FUTURE OF THE EU
Wednesday 07 February 2018
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Members of the public will have the opportunity to express their concerns on EU issues that affect Ireland at a special event in Galway City tomorrow night. (Thursday).

The event, at NUIG, will discuss Ireland post Brexit and the implications for Irish people once the UK leaves the European Union.

Commencing at 6.00, the 'Citizens' Dialogue will be one of five taking place around the country over the next three months and admission is free. 

EU Affairs Minister Helen McEntee, who will be in attendance, says the format of the event will give individuals an opportunity to express their concerns on the future of Europe.

Interviewee: Helen McEntee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: context and globalisation

2249: EU SAFER INTERNET DAY
Tuesday 06 February 2018
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Today is EU Safer Internet Day.

Its objective is to promote safer use of the internet by children and to make adults more aware of deceptive web sites.

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

She says when buying online, there are a number of things to watch out for.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: right to cancel

2248: YOUNG IRISH TOPS FOR SPORTS & VOLUNTEERING, BUT FEW VOTE
Saturday 03 February 2018
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More Irish young people take part in sport than any other nationality in the 28 member States of the European Union, according to a new Eurobar survey of young Europeans’ lifestyles.

The figures show that 42 per cent of Ireland's youth are involved in sport compared to the EU average of 29 per cent.

They also show that along with Denmark on 39%, more Irish young people are involved in voluntary activity than those in any other EU State.

However according to Jonathan Claridge of the EU office in Dublin, only 36 per cent of young people vote in elections, the second lowest in Europe, compared to the EU average of 64%. 

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: voting in elections