Archive - January 2019

7373: IRISH PARTICIPATION IN ERASMUS PROGRAMMES INCREASES
Thursday 31 January 2019
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More Irish students are undertaking Erasmus exchange programmes than ever before.

New figures show that 3,472 students from Ireland spent the 2016/2017 academic year studying in and enjoying the sights of other EU States.

The Erasmus programme allows students from one EU State to study in another with participants receiving small financial grants.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says France has proved to be the most popular destination for Irish students.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: followed by Germany

7372: ECC IRELAND ISSUES WARNING ON INTERNET SUBSCRIPTIONS
Wednesday 30 January 2019
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The European Consumer Centre is advising the public to be extra vigilant when signing up to online subscriptions, memberships, free trials or special offers.

A growing number of consumers report problems cancelling a service, being locked into rolling subscriptions or overcharging.

Free trials or special offers often turn out to cost far more than expected or unsolicited goods can turn up on doorsteps with demands for payment.

Martina Nee of ECC Ireland says it's vital to read the small print before signing up to any online offer.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: purchase or subscription

7371: RATE OF YOUNG IRISH PEOPLE AT RISK OF POVERTY DOUBLES
Friday 25 January 2019
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The share of young people aged between 18 and 24 at risk of poverty in Ireland in 2017 was 9.3 per cent, according to new Eurostat figures.

While the Irish rate was below the EU average of 11 per cent, it was double the 2016 figure of 4.7 per cent.

The highest proportion of young people aged 18-24 in work and at risk of poverty in 2017 was in Romania at 28.2 per cent followed by Luxembourg on 20 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Ireland says young Irish people who are working are just not earning enough to make ends meet.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: zero hour contract jobs

7370: FOREIGN-BORN CHILDREN IN IRELAND STAY LONGER IN EDUCATION
Thursday 24 January 2019
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Foreign-born children in Ireland who are under 15 are more likely to complete their education than Irish students.

A new EU report, "Integrating Students from Migrant Backgrounds", shows that only 4 per cent of foreign-born young people living in Ireland leave school early - the lowest share in the EU - compared to 5.3 per cent of native-born children. 

The report also shows that foreign-born primary school pupils in Ireland are more likely to experience bullying than those that are native-born.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says the figures show that native-born children opt out of education earlier.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: than foreign-born kids

7369: ECC ADVISORY ON NON-DELIVERED GOODS BOUGHT ONLINE
Wednesday 23 January 2019
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The European Consumer Centre is reminding the public that they have rights if goods they purchased online prior to Christmas have still not been delivered.

Recent complaints from Irish consumers have revealed several problems with gifts bought for Christmas or in sales, including delayed delivery, not being delivered at all, faulty goods or difficulties getting a refund.

Affected consumers can contact their bank to avail of chargeback if they paid by card or contact ECC Ireland if the trader is based elsewhere in the EU.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says consumers who have paid up but have not received their goods need to be persistent with such traders.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: for a refund

7367: IRISH PEOPLE TRUST RADIO MORE THAN ANY OTHER FORM OF MEDIA
Friday 18 January 2019
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It's official: Irish people trust radio more than any other form of media.

New figures from Eurobarometer show that 68 per cent of Irish people trust radio output compared to the EU average of 59 per cent.

Sweden recorded the highest level of trust in radio on 83 per cent followed by Denmark on 80 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says the remarkable thing about the statistics is that more people in Ireland trust radio over television.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: of Irish people

7368: IRISH ARE LOW SPENDERS ON RECREATION AND CULTURE
Thursday 17 January 2019
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Irish people are among the lowest spenders in the EU when it comes to recreation and culture.

New figures from Eurostat show that households in the EU spend 8.5 per cent of their disposable income on culture and leisure pursuits.  

The average spend per person per year in the EU is €1,400.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says Irish personal spend on culture and recreation is close to the bottom of the EU league.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: recreation and culture.

7366: EU TO TACKLE PAY DISPARITY BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN
Tuesday 15 January 2019
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The European Commission is calling on members of the public to have their say in addressing equal pay for men and women.

It has launched a consultation process across the European Union to assess personal experience and proposed solutions.

Members of the public have until April 5th to make submissions and can do so online by entering 'Equal Pay consultation' in to Google.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Dublin says this is a real opportunity to address the pay disparity culture between men and women.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: fifth of April

6368: EU COMMISSION TO RESTRICT USE OF FOUR HARMFUL CHEMICALS
Friday 11 January 2019
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The European Commission is to restrict the future use of four harmful chemicals known as "Thalates" from June 2020.

The substances are known to have toxic effects on human reproductive health and male fertility, and can contribute to breast cancer.

Substances including the four thalates can be present in plastics in a wide variety of everyday products such as cables, children's toys, coated fabrics and sports equipment. 

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says that the EU is taking action to protect consumers from these harmful chemicals. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: into contact with

6367: RECORD NUMBERS NOW AT WORK IN THE EUROPEAN UNION
Thursday 10 January 2019
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The number of people at work in the European Union at the end of 2018 was the highest ever on record.

239 million people were in jobs across the EU with 158 million working in the Euro currency zone.

Malta recorded the highest employment growth in 2018 of 4.9 per cent with Ireland fourth on 3.4 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the European Union is continuing to bounce back from the financial crash of 2008.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: the top four

6366: EU GETS TOUGH WITH RUTHLESS RETAILERS
Wednesday 09 January 2019
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The European Parliament and EU Commission have reached agreement to impose new measures to stop ruthless retailers from engaging in unfair trading practices.

The conduct, whereby some supermarkets force suppliers to reduce their prices below break-even point, has resulted in thousands of food and product suppliers across the EU going out of business.

The new measures, which will impose penalties on major retailers who engage in unfair practice, could be law here by the end of 2019.

Gerry Kiely of the EU Commission office in Ireland says the agreement is good news for suppliers and will help to maintain job security and prosperity in several sectors.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: terms of trade

6364: IRELAND IS THIRD MOST OPTIMISTIC COUNTRY IN THE EU
Thursday 03 January 2019
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The Irish are the third most optimistic people in the European Union.

A survey carried out by the Dublin-based EU agency EuroFound, measured personal optimism and expectations for children in the future.

The Irish are more optimistic than people in Germany, UK and Spain.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission in Ireland says we rank just behind two Nordic countries on our positive expectations for the future.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: country was Greece