Archive - April 2019

8401: COSMETICS FROM OUTSIDE EU MAKE UP BULK OF 'DANGEROUS' IRISH IMPORTS
Friday 12 April 2019
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31 per cent of toys imported into EU States last year were deemed 'dangerous' by the European Commission.

In a survey, the majority of imported products classed as being a danger to the public came from China.

Cars accounted for 19 per cent of 'dangerous' imports.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says cosmetics accounted for the bulk of sub-standard imports into Ireland.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: were dodgy cosmetics

8400: IRELAND HAS THIRD LOWEST RATE OF ROAD DEATHS IN EUROPE
Thursday 11 April 2019
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Ireland now has the third lowest rate of road fatalities in the European Union.

Figures from Eurostat show there were 31 deaths per million population here in 2018, totalling 149.

Road deaths in Ireland peaked in 1972 when 640, or just over 12 per week, were killed on Irish roads.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the figures here are continuing to improve.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: per million inhabitants

8399: EU ENCOURAGES MORE WOMEN TO WORK IN THE ICT SECTOR
Tuesday 09 April 2019
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The European Commission is calling on more women to consider a career in Information and Communications Technology.

Women account for 52% of the European population, yet hold only 17% of ICT-related jobs.

The call comes as April 9th marks EU Digital Day.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says this is one area where women can take advantage of endless career opportunities. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: lot of women

8398: IRISH PEOPLE SWITCHED ON TO ACCESSING PAID-FOR ONLINE CONTENT
Friday 05 April 2019
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Irish people are among the most likely in Europe to pay for online content, according to new figures from Eurobarometer.

49 per cent of us pay for music online against the EU average of 31 per cent, and 47 per cent pay for e-books compared to an EU average of 37 per cent.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press at the European Commission office in Dublin. She says the EU introduced portable content a year ago, and that Irish people are the most aware in Europe that they can access their paid-for online content while travelling within the EU.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: adopting very well

8397: IRISH ARE TOP CONSUMERS OF FRUIT AND VEG IN THE EU
Wednesday 03 April 2019
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Irish people eat more vegetables per capita than any other nationality in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that 84 per cent of us eat veg on a daily basis.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press with the European Commission in Ireland.

She says we are also in the top five when it comes to daily fruit consumption.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: eat fruit daily

8396: COMMISSION INVITES COUNCILS TO APPLY FOR FREE WIFI FUND
Tuesday 02 April 2019
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The European Commission is calling on all Irish local authorities to apply for its new WiFi4EU programme.

Under the programme, Councils around the country will receive a €15,000 voucher which they can use to install free public WiFi.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press with the European Commission office in Ireland.

She says that Councils have until this Friday to apply.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: Friday at 4.00