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9564: EU commits 22 billion Euro to upskill young people
Friday 03 July 2020
The European Commission is to spend €22 billion to help get young people into work over the next five years. The...
9565: Irish are high users of social media networks
Thursday 02 July 2020
Irish people are among the highest users of social media in the European Union. New statistics show that in the 16 to...
9562: Ireland among the highest solid fuel users in Europe
Wednesday 01 July 2020
Ireland is the second highest user of solid fuel such as coal and wood in the European Union. New figures from Eurostat...
9560: Irish population to grow exponentially in the next 50 years
Friday 26 June 2020
The population of Ireland is projected to grow to 6.5 million by 2070. A new EU report on demographic change reveals that...
9561: Irish housing is the most expensive in the EU
Wednesday 24 June 2020
Ireland has the highest housing costs among the 27 member States of the European Union. New figures from Eurostat show that...
9558: Ireland now 6th in the EU for use of internet services
Tuesday 23 June 2020
Ireland now ranks 6th out of 28 European countries in an index which monitors the use of digital technology and the...

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9564: EU COMMITS 22 BILLION EURO TO UPSKILL YOUNG PEOPLE
Friday 03 July 2020
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The European Commission is to spend €22 billion to help get young people into work over the next five years.

The money will target people between the ages of 15 and 29.

The Commission has found that this age bracket is the most isolated across the EU when it comes to skills, trades and professions.

Gerry Kiely of the European Commission office in Ireland says the money for Ireland will be spent across a range of areas.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: the employment system

9565: IRISH ARE HIGH USERS OF SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS
Thursday 02 July 2020
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Irish people are among the highest users of social media in the European Union.

New statistics show that in the 16 to 24-year age group, the participation rate is 89 per cent, or almost nine out of every ten people.

The figures from Eurostat show that in the age bracket 16-74, we are 11th out of 27 member States for engaging in digital networks.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Irish people are way ahead of most of our European counterparts.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: forty two per cent

9562: IRELAND AMONG THE HIGHEST SOLID FUEL USERS IN EUROPE
Wednesday 01 July 2020
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Ireland is the second highest user of solid fuel such as coal and wood in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that at 50 per cent, we are also the second highest consumer of oil.

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

She says the figures show Irish people are also the second lowest users of renewable energy across the 27 member-States.



Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 09 seconds | Outwords: Slovakia coming last

9560: IRISH POPULATION TO GROW EXPONENTIALLY IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS
Friday 26 June 2020
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The population of Ireland is projected to grow to 6.5 million by 2070.

A new EU report on demographic change reveals that the overall European population is projected to decline progressively after 2030.

The number of people over 65 across the EU will rise from 20 per cent in 2020 to 30 per cent by 2070.

According to Grace Bolton of the European Commission, the median age in Ireland will also rise significantly in the next 50 years.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 06 seconds | Outwords: 46 by 2070

9561: IRISH HOUSING IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE EU
Wednesday 24 June 2020
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Ireland has the highest housing costs among the 27 member States of the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that we also pay more for alcohol and tobacco than any other EU State.

We also have the third highest transport costs in the EU.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the Irish pay 77 per cent more on average for housing than our EU counterparts.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 08 seconds | Outwords: the EU average

9558: IRELAND NOW 6TH IN THE EU FOR USE OF INTERNET SERVICES
Tuesday 23 June 2020
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Ireland now ranks 6th out of 28 European countries in an index which monitors the use of digital technology and the internet.

With a score of 61.8 compared to the EU average of 52.6 in this year’s European Digital Economy and Society Index, Ireland has been the fastest growing digital EU State since 2015.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press at the European Commission office in Dublin.

She says Ireland performs well across a range of categories, and is in top place for the integration of digital technology.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: digital public services

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