Archive - June 2018

4301: EU FREE RAIL TRAVEL DEADLINE LOOMS
Friday 22 June 2018
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Next Tuesday is the deadline for applicants to apply for a free rail travel prize across the EU.

The competition is open to 15,000 young people across Europe who reach 18 on July 1st next.

140 of the rail passes are available for Irish teenagers as part of the 'Discover EU' initiative, but winners will have to fund their own meals and accommodation.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says applicants must answer a quiz to be in with a chance of winning a rail ticket. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: 26th of June

4300: EU PRESIDENT TO VISIT DUBLIN
Wednesday 20 June 2018
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The President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker is to visit Dublin tomorrow (Thursday) for a two-day series of events.

Accompanied by EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and EU Commissioner Phil Hogan, he will hold talks with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and will meet President Higgins.

The discussions come one week ahead of the EU June Summit as pressure mounts on the UK to declare its formal plan on the Northern Ireland border.

Gerry Kiely, who is Head of the European Commission's Representation in Ireland, says President Juncker will confirm his backing for the Irish position on Brexit during his visit.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: need to be discussed

4299: IRISH DEATHS FROM DRUGS AMONGST THE HIGHEST IN EUROPE
Tuesday 19 June 2018
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Ireland now has one of the highest death rates in the EU from drug use.

New figures for 2015 just published by Eurostat show that 70 people in every million in this country are now dying from illicit drugs.

The figure is three times the EU average.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the rate of drug-induced deaths in Ireland is of real concern.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: drug-related deaths

4298: LUNG CANCER REMAINS LEADING CANCER KILLER IN THE EU
Friday 15 June 2018
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Lung cancer continues to be the main killer of all cancers in the European Union.

273,000 deaths were recorded across the EU in 2015, according to figures just published by Eurostat.

Hungary, at 27 per cent, recorded the highest number of lung cancer deaths in the EU. 

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says Irish lung cancer deaths, at 21 per cent, tallied with the EU average. 

 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: all cancer deaths

3298: IRELAND HAS ONE OF LOWEST RATES IN EUROPE FOR OVERCROWDED HOUSEHOLDS
Thursday 14 June 2018
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Ireland has the third lowest rate in Europe for overcrowded households.

Only 3.2 per cent of the population live in overcrowded conditions.

The Eurostat figures cover the year 2016.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says we come in third lowest for overcrowding, whereas Malta and Cyprus had the lowest levels with 2.9 per cent and  2.4 per cent respectively. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: in overcrowded accommodation

3297: IRISH FARE WELL IN EU MORTGAGE AND RENT ARREARS STATS
Tuesday 12 June 2018
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Ireland has the fourth lowest share of the population in the EU who are in arrears with mortgages and rent.

Fewer than two per cent of people in Ireland are in arrears, compared with a figure for the UK of just under four per cent of the population.

The Eurostat figures, just published, are for the year 2016.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin, says Ireland compares favourably to other EU States.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: is fifteen per cent

3295: ENDA KENNY SELECTED AS EUROPEAN OF THE YEAR
Thursday 07 June 2018
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Enda Kenny has been selected as the Irish European of Year.

He will be honoured for his role in guiding Ireland through the recession and presenting the Irish position on Brexit to the EU at a special event in Dublin next Monday.

The former Taoiseach is currently the longest serving TD in the Dáil having been first elected in 1975.

Noelle O'Connell of the European Movement in Ireland says Enda Kenny's leadership in guiding Ireland out of the IMF/ECB/EU bailout programme makes him a deserving recipient.

Interviewee: Noelle O'Connell | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the European Union

3294: NINE PER CENT OF IRISH WORKERS ARE IN OTHER EU STATES
Wednesday 06 June 2018
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Almost nine per cent of Irish people who are of working age now live in another EU State.

New figures from Eurostat show that the EU average is just 3.8 per cent.

32 per cent of EU nationals who work in other European countries have 3rd level education.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Ireland says Romania has the most people working outside its own country while Germany and the UK have the least.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: EU member State

3293: EU COMMISSION PLANS TO CURB PLASTIC WASTE
Tuesday 05 June 2018
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The European Commission has unveiled plans to tackle plastic waste.

Disposable plastic items now make up 70 per cent of the litter found in Europe's seas and beaches.

Today is World Environment Day.

Grace Bolton, who is Head of Press with the EU Commission office in Ireland, says three measures are on the way to reduce the plastic items we use on a daily basis. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: bottles by 2025