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9685: Irish inflation rate jumps sharply
Thursday 27 May 2021
The rate of inflation in Ireland rose sharply in April compared to the previous 12 months but is still one...
9684: ECC advises Irish people to book package holidays
Wednesday 26 May 2021
The expected Government announcement on Friday next about relaxing foreign travel restrictions in July has prompted the European Consumer Centre...
9683: Irish people prefer semi-detached houses to flats
Tuesday 25 May 2021
Ireland has the lowest proportion of people living in flats or apartments compared to any other country in the EU. Eurostat...
9682: Ireland had third highest share of people working from home during 2020
Friday 21 May 2021
One in five people in Ireland worked from home last year, the third highest figure in Europe. A Eurostat survey showed...
9681: Irish high on the list of older internet users
Thursday 20 May 2021
Ireland has one of the highest proportions of older people in Europe who use the internet. Figures from Eurostat show that...
9680: Ireland has lowest divorce rate in EU
Wednesday 19 May 2021
Ireland continues to have the lowest divorce rate in the European Union. New figures from Eurostat for 2019 show that just...

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9685: IRISH INFLATION RATE JUMPS SHARPLY
Thursday 27 May 2021
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The rate of inflation in Ireland rose sharply in April compared to the previous 12 months but is still one of the lowest in the EU.

New figures from Eurostat show that inflation here last month rose to 1% from just 0.1% in March making it the fifth lowest in Europe.

For the 10 months before March, the rate in Ireland had been under zero per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Ireland says energy and food costs have contributed significantly to the increase.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: five per cent

9684: ECC ADVISES IRISH PEOPLE TO BOOK PACKAGE HOLIDAYS
Wednesday 26 May 2021
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The expected Government announcement on Friday next about relaxing foreign travel restrictions in July has prompted the European Consumer Centre to once again advise people to book package holidays only.

It says people who book a package break have greater redress options if the holiday doesn't go to plan.

Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says people who book package holidays have greater refund security compared to booking flights and accommodation separately.

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: a full refund

9683: IRISH PEOPLE PREFER SEMI-DETACHED HOUSES TO FLATS
Tuesday 25 May 2021
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Ireland has the lowest proportion of people living in flats or apartments compared to any other country in the EU.

Eurostat figures for 2019 show that just 8% of us live in apartments compared to 46% of the EU population.

Ireland is one of only two European countries along with the Netherlands where more than half the residents live in semi-detached properties.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says Irish people would rather own their own place than pay dead rent to a landlord.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: residents in Romania

9682: IRELAND HAD THIRD HIGHEST SHARE OF PEOPLE WORKING FROM HOME DURING 2020
Friday 21 May 2021
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One in five people in Ireland worked from home last year, the third highest figure in Europe.

A Eurostat survey showed that Finland topped the list of EU Member States for home working with a quarter of employed people there working from home in 2020.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says working from home is becoming more apparent particularly for self-employed people.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: worked from home

9681: IRISH HIGH ON THE LIST OF OLDER INTERNET USERS
Thursday 20 May 2021
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Ireland has one of the highest proportions of older people in Europe who use the internet.

Figures from Eurostat show that nearly 80% of 65 – 74 year olds here in Ireland went online in 2020 compared to just over 60% in Europe overall.

Denmark tops the list of grey web-surfers with over 90% on their PCs and tablets last year.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says Irish pensioners are way ahead of most EU States when it comes to internet activity.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: use the internet

9680: IRELAND HAS LOWEST DIVORCE RATE IN EU
Wednesday 19 May 2021
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Ireland continues to have the lowest divorce rate in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat for 2019 show that just 0.7 divorces were registered here per 1,000 people, a figure equalled only by Malta.

Luxembourg had the highest divorce rate at 3.1 per 1,000 people.

According to Tim Hayes of the European Commission, overall trends suggest that marriage is not as popular as it once was.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: in the EU

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