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9482: Irish consumers want to phase out one and two-cent coins
Friday 06 December 2019
The vast majority of Irish people want to end the use of one and two-cent coins. New figures from Eurobarometer show that...
9481: Ireland is one of the lowest spenders on social protection in the EU
Thursday 05 December 2019
Ireland provides the third lowest spend on social protection in the European Union. New figures from Eurostat show that just 15 per cent...
9480: Support for Euro currency at its highest in Ireland
Wednesday 04 December 2019
Irish people support the Euro currency more than any other nationality in the EU. New figures from Eurobarometer show that 88 per...
9477: Ireland, 4th highest in Europe for electricity costs
Friday 29 November 2019
Ireland is the now the fourth most expensive country in the European Union for household electricity. New figures from Eurostat show...
9479: EU to treat climate change with urgency in Green Deal
Wednesday 27 November 2019
The new European Commission will begin work on plans to make the European Union the first carbon-neutral continent in the world by...
9478: Irish consumers pay more for gas than those in the UK and Germany
Wednesday 27 November 2019
Ireland now ranks as the 8th most expensive country in the European Union for household gas. New figures from Eurostat show that...

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9482: IRISH CONSUMERS WANT TO PHASE OUT ONE AND TWO-CENT COINS
Friday 06 December 2019
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The vast majority of Irish people want to end the use of one and two-cent coins.

New figures from Eurobarometer show that 74 per cent of Irish people feel it's time to phase out the tiny coins while 23 per cent wish to retain them.

Three per cent of Irish people didn't have an opinion while 65 per cent of users elsewhere in the Euro zone want to abolish them.

Gerry Kiely of the European Commission office in Dublin says the majority of Irish people now want prices rounded up by five cent or down to zero.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: impact on prices

9481: IRELAND IS ONE OF THE LOWEST SPENDERS ON SOCIAL PROTECTION IN THE EU
Thursday 05 December 2019
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Ireland provides the third lowest spend on social protection in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that just 15 per cent of our national income is spent on welfare provision.

The bulk of the money is spent on pensions and survivors benefit followed by health care, disability and child payments.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Irish spend on social protection is on a par with Latvia and Romania.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: at 34 per cent

9480: SUPPORT FOR EURO CURRENCY AT ITS HIGHEST IN IRELAND
Wednesday 04 December 2019
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Irish people support the Euro currency more than any other nationality in the EU.

New figures from Eurobarometer show that 88 per cent of Irish people support the Euro while only 55 per cent of people in Italy and Cyprus feel positively about the currency, which came in to circulation in 2002.

19 EU Member States currently use the Euro.

Gerry Kiely, Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Ireland says that Irish people clearly value the benefits of the Euro.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: stable, single currency

9477: IRELAND, 4TH HIGHEST IN EUROPE FOR ELECTRICITY COSTS
Friday 29 November 2019
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Ireland is the now the fourth most expensive country in the European Union for household electricity.

New figures from Eurostat show we trail just behind Belgium and Denmark, with Germany being the most expensive.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the cheapest electricity in Europe is supplied in Bulgaria and Hungary.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 08 seconds | Outwords: are the cheapest

9479: EU TO TREAT CLIMATE CHANGE WITH URGENCY IN GREEN DEAL
Wednesday 27 November 2019
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The new European Commission will begin work on plans to make the European Union the first carbon-neutral continent in the world by 2050 before the end of the year.

The new Commission’s mandate will come into effect on 1st December following the European Parliament’s approval of the new College of Commissioners earlier today (Wednesday).

The implementation of a “Green Deal" is among the priorities of Commission President-designate Ursula Von Der Leyen.

Gerry Kiely, who heads up the EU Representation in Ireland, says the proposed “Green Deal" will be treated with urgency by the new Commission.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: urgency they deserve

9478: IRISH CONSUMERS PAY MORE FOR GAS THAN THOSE IN THE UK AND GERMANY
Wednesday 27 November 2019
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Ireland now ranks as the 8th most expensive country in the European Union for household gas.

New figures from Eurostat show that gas costs here are just above the EU average of €6 per 100 kilowatt hour.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says Irish households pay more for gas than those living in the UK and Germany.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: for their gas

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