Archive - December 2019

9488: EU FUNDING GRANTED TO SAVE CORNCRAKE FROM IRISH EXTINCTION
Thursday 19 December 2019
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The European Commission has awarded the Irish Government a grant of €4.3 million to save the Corncrake from extinction in Ireland.

Numbers of the birds - which are related to moorhens and coots but live on dry land - have declined in rural Ireland by 85 per cent since 1978.

The Government is adding an additional €1.6 million for conservation programmes in counties Donegal, Mayo and Galway.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the funding is vital for the survival of the Corncrake.  

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: extinct in Ireland

9487: ONE IN THREE IRISH BIRTHS ARE DELIVERED BY CAESAREAN SECTION
Wednesday 18 December 2019
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Ireland has a higher rate of live births by caesarean section than most other EU Member States.

New figures from Eurostat show that 32 per cent of live births in Ireland are delivered by caesarean.

This is a higher rate than Germany on 30 per cent and the UK on 28 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says that Cyprus has the highest rate of live births delivered by caesarean section in the EU.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: at 16 per cent

9484: IRISH HOUSEHOLDS ARE THE SECOND LOWEST SPENDERS ON GROCERIES IN THE EU
Friday 13 December 2019
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Irish households are the second lowest spenders on food and drink as a proportion of income in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that the average Irish household spends just 8.7 per cent of its overall income on food and non-alcoholic beverages.

The country with the lowest spend is the UK where the spend is just 7.8 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says the spend on food and drink is proportionately greater in former Communist countries.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: food and drink

9483: IRELAND FOURTH IN EU FOR OVER-65'S FLU VACCINATION RATES
Thursday 12 December 2019
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Ireland is in the top four EU countries for the take up of flu vaccinations for people over the age of 65.

The latest figures from Eurostat show the rate of vaccination here at 57.6 per cent.

Flu vaccinations in eastern member states such Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia and Estonia are below 13 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says Irish pensioners are way ahead of the EU average figure.

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

9485: EU TO UNVEIL ONE TRILLION EURO PLAN TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE
Wednesday 11 December 2019
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The new EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen will unveil details today (Wednesday) of the largest project in the world to tackle climate change.

The Commission is to spend one trillion euro over the next ten years to make the European Union the first carbon-neutral continent on the planet by 2050.

Details of the so-called "Green Deal" will be unveiled in Brussels at lunchtime.

Gerry Kiely of the European Commission in Dublin says the proposals will see our daily lives change in the coming years.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: against climate change

9482: IRISH CONSUMERS WANT TO PHASE OUT ONE AND TWO-CENT COINS
Friday 06 December 2019
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The vast majority of Irish people want to end the use of one and two-cent coins.

New figures from Eurobarometer show that 74 per cent of Irish people feel it's time to phase out the tiny coins while 23 per cent wish to retain them.

Three per cent of Irish people didn't have an opinion while 65 per cent of users elsewhere in the Euro zone want to abolish them.

Gerry Kiely of the European Commission office in Dublin says the majority of Irish people now want prices rounded up by five cent or down to zero.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: impact on prices

9481: IRELAND IS ONE OF THE LOWEST SPENDERS ON SOCIAL PROTECTION IN THE EU
Thursday 05 December 2019
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Ireland provides the third lowest spend on social protection in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that just 15 per cent of our national income is spent on welfare provision.

The bulk of the money is spent on pensions and survivors benefit followed by health care, disability and child payments.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Irish spend on social protection is on a par with Latvia and Romania.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: at 34 per cent

9480: SUPPORT FOR EURO CURRENCY AT ITS HIGHEST IN IRELAND
Wednesday 04 December 2019
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Irish people support the Euro currency more than any other nationality in the EU.

New figures from Eurobarometer show that 88 per cent of Irish people support the Euro while only 55 per cent of people in Italy and Cyprus feel positively about the currency, which came in to circulation in 2002.

19 EU Member States currently use the Euro.

Gerry Kiely, Head of the European Commission’s Representation in Ireland says that Irish people clearly value the benefits of the Euro.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: stable, single currency