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9440: Ireland records eighth lowest rate of car ownership in the EU
Friday 02 August 2019
Ireland has one of the lowest rates of car ownership in the European Union. New figures from Eurostat show we had...
9438: A million signatures could lead to improved rights for 'uberised' workers
Thursday 01 August 2019
The European Commission has launched a Citizens' Initiative to find out if the public want a review of low pay for people who...
9439: Irish people buy more new cars than any other EU State
Wednesday 31 July 2019
Irish people place a premium on new cars more than any other nationality in the European Union. Eurostat figures for 2017 show...
9437: Ireland records EU's highest natural increase in population
Friday 26 July 2019
Ireland recorded the highest natural rise in population in the European Union in 2018 bringing the total population here to 4.83 million. New...
9436: Ireland amongst worst in EU for coastal bathing water quality
Thursday 25 July 2019
Ireland has the 8th worst coastal bathing water quality in the European Union. New figures from the European Environmental Authority provided to...
9435: Rise in complaints against airlines using Irish Airports
Wednesday 24 July 2019
There was a 56 per cent increase in complaints against airlines using Irish airports in 2018 according to the latest...

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9440: IRELAND RECORDS EIGHTH LOWEST RATE OF CAR OWNERSHIP IN THE EU
Friday 02 August 2019
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Ireland has one of the lowest rates of car ownership in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show we had 440 passenger cars for every one thousand inhabitants in 2017 - the 8th lowest figure in the EU.

Despite this, Ireland recorded the highest rate of cars less than two years old in 2017.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says Luxembourg tops the charts for car ownership in the EU.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: for car ownership

9438: A MILLION SIGNATURES COULD LEAD TO IMPROVED RIGHTS FOR 'UBERISED' WORKERS
Thursday 01 August 2019
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The European Commission has launched a Citizens' Initiative to find out if the public want a review of low pay for people who work in web-based taxi and food delivery services.

People can log on to the EU Citizens' Initiative web page to register their desire for the Commission to look at strengthening the rights of so-called "uberised" workers.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says that new legislation will be considered if the petition gathers over one million signatures across the European Union.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: of precarious workers

9439: IRISH PEOPLE BUY MORE NEW CARS THAN ANY OTHER EU STATE
Wednesday 31 July 2019
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Irish people place a premium on new cars more than any other nationality in the European Union.

Eurostat figures for 2017 show that 27.5 per cent of cars in Ireland are under 2 years old – the highest share of any EU Member State.

Meanwhile in Poland, 35 per cent of cars in use are over 20 years old.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission Office in Ireland says Irish motorists seem keen to drive newer cars.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: a new car

9437: IRELAND RECORDS EU'S HIGHEST NATURAL INCREASE IN POPULATION
Friday 26 July 2019
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Ireland recorded the highest natural rise in population in the European Union in 2018 bringing the total population here to 4.83 million.

New figures from Eurostat show that the population increased by 15.2 people per 1,000 residents.

Although Malta and Luxembourg recorded slightly higher increases due mainly to immigration, the natural rise was highest in Ireland.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission Representation in Dublin, says the figures show that more births than deaths are occurring here annually.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: deaths were recorded

9436: IRELAND AMONGST WORST IN EU FOR COASTAL BATHING WATER QUALITY
Thursday 25 July 2019
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Ireland has the 8th worst coastal bathing water quality in the European Union.

New figures from the European Environmental Authority provided to Eurostat reveal that Ireland is in the same category as Poland, Romania, Estonia and Bulgaria when it comes to the quality of coastal bathing water.

Slovenia and Malta top the list of 28 EU member States with 100 per cent of their beaches receiving an excellent rating.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says we rank poorly compared to certain Mediterranean countries.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: an excellent rating

9435: RISE IN COMPLAINTS AGAINST AIRLINES USING IRISH AIRPORTS
Wednesday 24 July 2019
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There was a 56 per cent increase in complaints against airlines using Irish airports in 2018 according to the latest report from the Irish Commission for Aviation Regulation.

Of 4,420 passenger queries dealt with last year, 2,319 were valid complaints.

As a result, airlines paid €390,000 in compensation to passengers affected by flight disruption.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are certain redress procedures the public can follow if flights are disrupted.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: it back later

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