Archive - June 2019

9419: IRELAND RANKS HIGHLY FOR I.C.T. SPECIALISTS IN THE EU
Friday 14 June 2019
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Ireland now has the fourth highest share of  I.C.T. specialists in the European Union, according to new figures published this week.

The EU Digital Economy and Society Index Report says however that less than half the Irish adult population has basic digital skills.

Grace Bolton from the European Commission office in Ireland says there is a major generation divide in this country when it comes to personal computer skills.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: female I.T. specialists

9418: IRISH SMALL COMPANIES TOP THE EU LEAGUE FOR USING E-COMMERCE
Thursday 13 June 2019
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Irish small and medium-sized businesses are top of the EU league when it comes to using e-commerce.

30 per cent of small Irish business operations now sell products and services online within Ireland.

26 per cent of Irish SME turnover is generated from online sales - and is growing, according to the latest EU Digital and Society Index Report.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says Irish companies are leading the way when it comes to internet trade. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 09 seconds | Outwords: the EU average

9417: IRELAND STILL EXPENSIVE FOR BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY
Wednesday 12 June 2019
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Ireland now ranks fifth in the EU for fast broadband coverage.

New figures from the EU Digital Economy and Society index show we have jumped from almost bottom of the class to the top five in 60 months.

However we remain 12th out of 28 member States when it comes to overall connectivity.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says in some areas of digital connectivity we score well but in others, not so well.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: for fixed broadband

9416: EU HIGHLIGHTS THE BENEFITS OF HEALTH INSURANCE CARDS
Friday 07 June 2019
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The European Commission is advising people to ensure they carry a European Health Insurance Card if travelling within the EU this summer.

The EHIC card allows people to receive hospital treatment for little or no charge in the event of an accident or sudden illness.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Ireland says the card is free and has multiple cost benefits in the event of a health scare elsewhere with the European Union.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: a small charge

9415: IRELAND HAS MORE HOUSEHOLDS WITH 3+ CHILDREN THAN ANY OTHER EU STATE
Thursday 06 June 2019
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Ireland has the highest percentage of households with children in the whole of the EU – and the greatest proportion of homes with three or more children.

New figures from Eurostat show that children live in 39% of Irish homes, and over a quarter of those have three or more children in them.

In contrast, Bulgaria has the lowest number of homes with three or more children – just 5% of all the households with children living in them.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says more Irish children are staying in the family home for longer.  

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: the same household

9414: ECC HOLIDAY SMALL PRINT ADVISORY
Wednesday 05 June 2019
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people going on holidays over the coming months to check the small print on their documents.

It says many people who encounter problems are totally unaware of their legal rights where difficulties occur.

Martina Nee is spokesperson for ECC Ireland.

She says it can't be stressed hard enough how important it is to read an airline's terms and conditions before departing on a holiday.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: the complaints procedure