Archive - July 2018

5309: IRELAND HAD HIGHEST EU BIRTH RATE IN 2017
Friday 13 July 2018
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Ireland had the highest EU birth rate in 2017, according to new figures from Eurostat.

The number of births here last year was 12.9 babies per 1,000 residents.

According to Eurostat, the population of Ireland now stands at 4.8 million.

Jonathan Claridge of the European Commission office in Dublin says the figures show we also had the lowest death rate last year at 6.3 per 1,000 inhabitants.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: rise in population

4309: IRELAND RECORDS THIRD HIGHEST RISE IN HOUSE PRICES IN EU
Thursday 12 July 2018
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Ireland recorded the third highest annual rise in house prices in the EU in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the first quarter of 2017.

New figures from Eurostat show that the price of property here rose by 12.3 per cent while in Latvia, prices rose by 13.7 per cent. Property prices actually fell by 0.1 per cent in Finland which was bottom of the table.

Jonathan Claridge of the EU Commission office in Dublin says however the rate of increase here is slowing down.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: has slowed down

4308: ECC ADVISORY ON RYANAIR DISPUTE
Wednesday 11 July 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is reminding travellers affected by the Ryanair dispute that they are entitled to assistance if their circumstances meet certain criteria.

Ryanair is to cancel 30 of its 290 scheduled flights in and out of Ireland tomorrow (Thursday) due to a planned strike by pilots.

The 24-hour stoppage will begin at 1am tomorrow morning.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says passengers caught up in the stoppage should be offered a number of options.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: soon as possible

4307: EU SEEKS PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS ON WINTER AND SUMMER TIME
Thursday 05 July 2018
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The EU Commission is inviting submissions from the public on whether or not clocks should continue to change twice a year or not change at all.

The call comes after a growing number of complaints from citizens across the European Union.

Submissions and suggestions can be made by accessing the 'Europa Consultations' page via Google  https://ec.europa.eu/info/consultations_en

Tim Hayes of the EU Office in Dublin says the public will determine the outcome.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: whole year round

4306: ECC CAR RENTAL WARNING
Wednesday 04 July 2018
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The European Consumer Centre is warning people to be extra vigilant when hiring cars from low-profile rental companies while on holidays.

Issues with car rentals are amongst the top consumer complaints reported to the ECC each year.

False allegations of damage are among the most common problems encountered by tourists.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are a number of things to keep in mind when hiring a car.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: in good condition

4305: IRELAND TO GAIN TWO EXTRA MEPS
Tuesday 03 July 2018
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The European Commission has confirmed that Ireland will gain two extra MEPs from next year.

The confirmation follows the decision of the UK to leave the European Union next March.

The Government here has yet to decide which constituencies will gain the extra two seats.

Tim Hayes, Political Officer with the EU Commission in Ireland, says our number of MEPs will rise to thirteen. 

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: May of 2019