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9653: Irish women leaving it later in life to give birth
Thursday 04 March 2021
The average age at which a new mum in Ireland gives birth is now 30.7 years, according to new figures...
9652: More Irish switch off 'mobile roaming' than other EU citizens
Wednesday 03 March 2021
More Irish people switch off 'mobile roaming' on their phone when travelling elsewhere in the EU than any other nationality. A...
9650: Retail sales in Ireland show third strongest increase in Europe
Friday 26 February 2021
Ireland recorded the third highest increase in retail sales in the European Union during 2020, according to new figures from...
9651: ECC issues advisory to Irish holiday makers
Thursday 25 February 2021
The European Consumer Centre is advising members of the public who book holidays later this year to search for flexible...
9649: Ireland has 5th highest share of online buyers in the EU
Wednesday 24 February 2021
Ireland now has the fifth highest share of online buyers in the European Union. The proportion of Irish internet users aged...
9648: EXCLUSIVE Return to normality post Covid 19 remains unknown
Friday 19 February 2021
A leading EU official says he doesn't know when daily life will return to normality despite an increase in Covid-19...

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9653: IRISH WOMEN LEAVING IT LATER IN LIFE TO GIVE BIRTH
Thursday 04 March 2021
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The average age at which a new mum in Ireland gives birth is now 30.7 years, according to new figures from Eurostat.

This is the fourth highest average age in the EU after Italy, Spain and Luxembourg.

The trend is reflected in every country in Europe, where the average age for giving birth to a first child is now 29.4 years.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says later births here reflect a changing Irish society.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: an ageing population

9652: MORE IRISH SWITCH OFF 'MOBILE ROAMING' THAN OTHER EU CITIZENS
Wednesday 03 March 2021
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More Irish people switch off 'mobile roaming' on their phone when travelling elsewhere in the EU than any other nationality.

A new survey from Eurobarometer shows that 52 per cent of Irish travellers switch off 'mobile roaming' compared to the EU average of just 34%. 

The rules which ensure that Irish people travelling in the EU can enjoy roaming without extra charges are now being extended until 2031.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says this is good news for Irish people who travel within the EU.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: to another country

9650: RETAIL SALES IN IRELAND SHOW THIRD STRONGEST INCREASE IN EUROPE
Friday 26 February 2021
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Ireland recorded the third highest increase in retail sales in the European Union during 2020, according to new figures from Eurostat.

Across the EU, sales were up by 1.4 % in December 2020 after a decrease of 4.9 % in November 2020.

In Ireland, the increase was 11.4 %, the third highest in Europe.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says despite the pandemic in 2020, the Irish economy was one of the best EU performers.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: of retail therapy

9651: ECC ISSUES ADVISORY TO IRISH HOLIDAY MAKERS
Thursday 25 February 2021
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The European Consumer Centre is advising members of the public who book holidays later this year to search for flexible contracts.

It says trends are indicating that significant numbers of people are planning holidays after the Covid-19 vaccinations are completed.

The Centre says however, people going on holidays may not always get what they book for as certain restrictions may remain in place.

Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says people booking holidays beyond July should explore flexible scenarios before paying a booking agent.

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: available to them

9649: IRELAND HAS 5TH HIGHEST SHARE OF ONLINE BUYERS IN THE EU
Wednesday 24 February 2021
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Ireland now has the fifth highest share of online buyers in the European Union.

The proportion of Irish internet users aged 16 to 74 who bought online rose to 81% in 2020, up from 63% in 2015.

In the Netherlands the figure was 91 per cent, followed by Denmark at 90 per cent, Germany at 87 per cent and Sweden at 86 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says the Covid-19 pandemic is driving the increase in online sales.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: services or downloads

9648: EXCLUSIVE RETURN TO NORMALITY POST COVID 19 REMAINS UNKNOWN
Friday 19 February 2021
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A leading EU official says he doesn't know when daily life will return to normality despite an increase in Covid-19 vaccinations.

The comments were made by Irish man John F. Ryan who heads up the EU Public Health Directorate.

He said the public should ignore dismissive commentary about vaccinations as they have prevented many multiple diseases since childhood.

John F. Ryan says emerging variants of the virus are hindering progress in eradicating Covid 19.

Interviewee: John Ryan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the right road

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