Archive - November 2019

9475: NEW EU DEAL WILL BOOST IRISH EXPORTS TO SINGAPORE
Thursday 21 November 2019
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There's good news today (Thursday) for Irish exporters who trade with Singapore.

The European Union has agreed a deal with the south-east Asian state, which will help boost jobs and business here.

439 Irish companies export goods worth €600 million to Singapore which is our 8th biggest trading partner outside the European Union.

Gerry Kiely who is Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says this is great news for Irish exporters who trade with Singapore.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: main export market

9471: MORE AND MORE PEOPLE WORKING RIGHT UP TO RETIREMENT AGE
Monday 18 November 2019
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Employment rates for men and women across Europe aged 55 to 64 years increased rapidly between 2003 and 2018 as more and more people worked right up until they reached retirement age.

Figures from Eurostat show that in 2018, 65 per cent of men and 52 per cent of women aged 55 to 64 were working.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the combined figure for all adult men and women in Ireland working in this age bracket is slightly above the EU average.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: age group working

9473: FREE WIFI FOR 16 IRISH PUBLIC SPACES
Thursday 14 November 2019
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16 Irish municipalities are to benefit from the latest free WiFi initiative from the European Commission.

Under the WiFi4EU programme, they will receive vouchers worth €15,000 each with remaining funding coming from the respective local authorities.

The free WiFi hotspots are expected to go live next summer.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says public spaces in Cork and Laois are the biggest beneficiaries this time around.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: two in Offaly

9472: COMMISSION LAUNCHES FREE EUROPEAN TRAIN TRAVEL SCHEME FOR 18-YEAR OLDS
Wednesday 13 November 2019
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The European Commission has launched a new DiscoverEU competition to give a quota of free passes to 18-year olds from Ireland to travel around the European Union by train.

Applicants must have been born in the year 2001, be EU citizens and be available to travel between April 1st and October 31st 2020 for a maximum period of 30 days.

Accommodation and food is not covered by the tickets and the deadline to apply is 11am on Thursday November 28th next.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says more details are available at HashtagDiscoverEU.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: November 2019

9469: IRELAND IS SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE EU AVERAGE FOR CAR THEFT
Monday 11 November 2019
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Fewer cars are being stolen in the European Union over the past decade.

New figures from Eurostat reveal that 29 per cent fewer cars were stolen in 2017 than in 2010.

In Ireland, 114 cars were stolen per 100,000 inhabitants between 2015 and 2017.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says that Luxembourg has the highest rate of car theft, whereas Denmark has the lowest.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the same number

9468: IRELAND 5TH FROM BOTTOM FOR RECYCLING PLASTIC PACKAGING
Friday 08 November 2019
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Ireland continues to be one of Europe's poorest performers when it comes to recycling plastic packaging.

New figures from Eurostat show that, at 31 per cent, we are fifth from bottom in the EU plastic packaging recycling league table.

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

She says Lithuania comes out first among the 28 member states as 74 per cent of plastic packaging is recycled there.  

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: 24 per cent

9470: IRELAND IS SLIGHTLY ABOVE THE EU AVERAGE FOR ROBBERIES
Thursday 07 November 2019
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Ireland is slightly above the EU average when it comes to robberies.

New figures from Eurostat show that 46 robberies per 100,000 inhabitants were recorded here in 2017.

The figures show that one is more likely to be robbed in Belgium than any other EU State.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the least number of robberies in the EU happen in Hungary.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: per 100,000 inhabitants

9466: PERCENTAGE OF IRISH WATCHING TV AND VIDEO ONLINE ONE OF HIGHEST IN EU
Monday 04 November 2019
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The proportion of people in the EU aged 16 to 74 watching video content online has risen to 72 per cent.

New figures from Eurostat show that 72 per cent on average across the EU use the internet to read newspaper sites. 56 per cent use the internet to listen to music while just 33 per cent go online to play video games.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the percentage of Irish people watching TV and video online is one of the highest in the EU.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: TV or videos

9467: ALMOST FOUR IN TEN IRISH PEOPLE WITH A DISABILITY STRUGGLE TO PAY BILLS
Friday 01 November 2019
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New figures show that 36 per cent of people with a disability are likely to live in a household that has difficulty making ends meet.

This compares with 20 per cent of the population where no disability exists.

The Irish figures are above the EU average of 30 per cent, according to Eurostat.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Ireland is slightly out of line with the rest of Europe.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: 19 per cent