Archive - October 2019

9465: DUBLIN HAS THIRD HIGHEST RATE OF YOUNG PEOPLE OF ANY EU CAPITAL
Thursday 31 October 2019
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Dublin has the third highest rate of young people in EU capital cities.

New figures published today (Thursday) by Eurostat for UN World Cities Day show that just over 39 per cent of people in Dublin are aged 19 and younger. This is slightly behind the proportion of young people in Paris and Brussels.

European Commission spokesperson in Ireland, Grace Bolton, says the Irish figures reflect a baby boom at the turn of the Millennium. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: Rome and Valetta

9463: IRELAND HAS EU'S HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF ADULTS WITH CHILDCARE RESPONSIBILITIES
Monday 28 October 2019
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42 per cent of Irish adults report having childcare responsibilities, according to new figures from Eurostat. 

The Irish figure is the highest in the EU and is well above the European average of 30 per cent. 

The figures also show that only 22 per cent of Irish people with children use formal childcare services which is the 6th lowest in the EU.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Ireland is way behind the rest of Europe when it comes to the use of formal childcare services.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: 28 per cent

9464: IRELAND 7TH IN EU GENDER EQUALITY INDEX
Saturday 26 October 2019
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Ireland has now reached 7th place out of 28 member States in the EU gender equality Index.

Our dramatic rise between 2005 and 2017 has been hailed as one of the fastest according to the European Institute for Gender Equality.

Sweden tops the gender equality league table while Greece scored the lowest index rating.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says gender inequality in Ireland was most visible in the area of political power.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: average of 55

9462: ECC ADVISORY ON APPLICATIONS FOR VISAS AND TRAVEL AUTHORISATIONS
Thursday 24 October 2019
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The European Consumer Centre is warning Irish people to watch out for bogus websites if planning to visit North America.

It says a growing number of unofficial sites are offering travel authorisations and visas with inflated costs.

The advisory comes following complaints about inflated costs for such services by citizens planning trips to the USA and Canada.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are several tell-tale signs to look out for when applying.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: method of payment

9460: IRELAND RECORDS HIGH RATE OF FEMALE TEACHERS
Friday 18 October 2019
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Ireland has the 6th highest rate of female schoolteachers in the European Union.

79 per cent of teachers in Irish primary and secondary schools are female according to a new Eurostat survey.

The trend is similar right across the 28 member-States of the EU.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the rate in Latvia is almost nine females for every male.

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

9461: EU TO INTRODUCE NEW WHISTLEBLOWER LEGISLATION
Thursday 17 October 2019
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New updated rules to protect whistleblowers are to be introduced across the European Union by 2021.

The rules, which will be applied in private and public companies, will protect employees from retaliation where wrong-doing is exposed.

Ireland is one of only ten EU States that already has whistleblowing legislation aimed at protecting vigilant employees.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says these new proposals will go a step further in that they will protect relatives as well.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: to support whistleblowers

9459: ONE IN FIVE IRISH SCHOOLTEACHERS ARE OVER 50
Tuesday 15 October 2019
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New figures from Eurostat show that Ireland has the fourth lowest rate in the EU of schoolteachers aged 50 and over - just 23 per cent. In Italy, 55 per cent of teachers are over 50, and the country also has the highest rate of teachers aged 60 and over.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the figures suggest more and more teachers here are leaving the profession early.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: cent in Malta

9458: ONE IN FIVE IRISH SAY THEY CANNOT ACCESS A FULL-TIME JOB
Friday 11 October 2019
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Almost one in five Irish people work part-time because they cannot access a full-time job.

A new Eurostat survey shows that childcare or looking after incapacitated adults are the biggest barriers to working full-time.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the figures for this country are below the EU average.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: is the case

9457: DUBLIN IS BEST CITY IN EUROPE FOR CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT
Thursday 10 October 2019
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Dublin is the best city in the European Union for its culture-enabling environment.

A new EU Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor places Dublin top out of 40 European urban centres with a population between 500,000 and one million.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says Dublin leads the way for cultural activity across a range of areas. 
 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: quality of Governance

9456: GALWAY, CORK & LIMERICK AMONG THE BEST CULTURAL CITIES IN EUROPE
Thursday 10 October 2019
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The cities of Galway, Cork and Limerick have been ranked in the top 10 small and medium sized cities in Europe when it comes to overall culture and creativity.

The annual EU Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor puts Galway and Cork cities in first and second place in the specific category of developing a cultural environment through education and awareness, with Limerick in fourth place just behind Leuven in Belgium.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the results mean these three Irish cities are at the forefront of cultural development in Europe.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 21 seconds | Outwords: higher level education

9454: MOST IRISH PEOPLE WANT MORE TEACHING IN SCHOOLS ON SEXUAL DIVERSITY
Friday 04 October 2019
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78 per cent of Irish people agree that school curriculums should include material on sexual orientation – some way above the EU average figure of 65 per cent.

The figures are contained in a new Eurobarometer survey on attitudes about sexuality.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the highest approval figures on teaching about LGBTI matters were recorded in Sweden.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: cent in Bulgaria

9455: EUROPE LEADS THE WAY IN PHASING OUT OZONE-DEPLETING SUBSTANCES
Thursday 03 October 2019
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The European Commission is reaching its target to phase out ozone-depleting substances.

A new European Environment Agency Report shows that in 2018 the EU destroyed or exported more ozone-depleting substances than it produced or imported.

The target for phasing out such substances was agreed as part of the Montreal Protocol in 2014.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says Europe is leading the way in this area.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: produced or imported

9453: IRISH PEOPLE SUPPORT THIRD GENDER CATEGORY
Wednesday 02 October 2019
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53 per cent of Irish people believe a third gender category should be included on public documents such as passports.

A new Eurobarometer survey reveals people here say it would greatly assist those who have difficulty identifying as either male or female.

Grace Bolton is spokesperson for the European Commission office in Ireland.

She says the Irish figures are significantly ahead of the EU average.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: cent in Bulgaria