Archive - June 2019

9425: IRELAND IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE EU COUNTRY FOR ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO
Friday 28 June 2019
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Ireland is now the most expensive country in the European Union in which to buy alcohol and tobacco.

New figures from the Eurostat consumer price index reveal that beer, wine and spirits are 77 per cent more expensive here than the EU average cost.

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

She says that the cost of alcohol and tobacco in Ireland is significantly higher than in the rest of the European Union.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: Hungary and Romania

9423: IRISH TOP EU LEAGUE FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYMENT
Thursday 27 June 2019
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Ireland is now the top country in the EU for employment in knowledge-intensive and innovative sectors such as I.C.T.

Figures from the new EU Innovation Scoreboard show that Irish employee numbers in these fields are ahead of countries like Malta, the UK and Luxembourg.

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

She says Ireland is now also the top country in the European Union when it comes to exporting information technology.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: Slovakia and Cyprus

9424: IRELAND IS MOST EXPENSIVE EU COUNTRY TO RUN A HOUSE
Wednesday 26 June 2019
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Ireland is now the most expensive country in the EU to run a house.

A new consumer price index from Eurostat shows we are top of 28 member States for house costs, rental, water, gas, electricity and maintenance.

In Europe, only Switzerland has higher costs but it is not an EU Member State.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission Office in Dublin says Ireland is way above the EU average when it comes to housing costs.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: the EU average

9422: COST DETERMINES THE FOOD IRISH PEOPLE BUY
Friday 21 June 2019
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Irish people buy food because of cost rather than any other factor.

That's one of the key findings from a new survey on EU purchasing trends from the European Food Safety Authority.

The survey found however that Irish people are more concerned about food hygiene than their EU counterparts.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says Irish purchasing trends differ to those elsewhere in the European Union.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: most worrying aspect

9421: EU INTRODUCES NEW MEASURES TO PROTECT EMPLOYEES ON ZERO-HOUR CONTRACTS
Thursday 20 June 2019
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The European Commission has approved new measures to improve the rights of workers on zero-hour contracts.

Among the many proposals, employees will have the right to work elsewhere while on zero hours and training will be cost-free.

It will be up to member States to introduce the measures.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the new measures will oblige the employer to be fair and transparent with the employee.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: secure working conditions

9420: EU INCREASES FUNDING BY €12 MILLION TO PROTECT THE HUMBLE HONEY BEE
Wednesday 19 June 2019
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The European Commission is to provide €120 million to protect the humble bee across the EU.

The cash injection - which represents an increase of €12 million – comes as figures show that of the 98 Irish wild bee species, one third are in danger of extinction.

The agri-food sector is highly dependent on bees as they pollinate most of the plant foods consumed by humans.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Ireland has the third lowest number of bee hives in the European Union.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: improve all that

9419: IRELAND RANKS HIGHLY FOR I.C.T. SPECIALISTS IN THE EU
Friday 14 June 2019
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Ireland now has the fourth highest share of  I.C.T. specialists in the European Union, according to new figures published this week.

The EU Digital Economy and Society Index Report says however that less than half the Irish adult population has basic digital skills.

Grace Bolton from the European Commission office in Ireland says there is a major generation divide in this country when it comes to personal computer skills.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: female I.T. specialists

9418: IRISH SMALL COMPANIES TOP THE EU LEAGUE FOR USING E-COMMERCE
Thursday 13 June 2019
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Irish small and medium-sized businesses are top of the EU league when it comes to using e-commerce.

30 per cent of small Irish business operations now sell products and services online within Ireland.

26 per cent of Irish SME turnover is generated from online sales - and is growing, according to the latest EU Digital and Society Index Report.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says Irish companies are leading the way when it comes to internet trade. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 09 seconds | Outwords: the EU average

9417: IRELAND STILL EXPENSIVE FOR BROADBAND CONNECTIVITY
Wednesday 12 June 2019
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Ireland now ranks fifth in the EU for fast broadband coverage.

New figures from the EU Digital Economy and Society index show we have jumped from almost bottom of the class to the top five in 60 months.

However we remain 12th out of 28 member States when it comes to overall connectivity.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says in some areas of digital connectivity we score well but in others, not so well.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: for fixed broadband

9416: EU HIGHLIGHTS THE BENEFITS OF HEALTH INSURANCE CARDS
Friday 07 June 2019
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The European Commission is advising people to ensure they carry a European Health Insurance Card if travelling within the EU this summer.

The EHIC card allows people to receive hospital treatment for little or no charge in the event of an accident or sudden illness.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Ireland says the card is free and has multiple cost benefits in the event of a health scare elsewhere with the European Union.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: a small charge

9415: IRELAND HAS MORE HOUSEHOLDS WITH 3+ CHILDREN THAN ANY OTHER EU STATE
Thursday 06 June 2019
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Ireland has the highest percentage of households with children in the whole of the EU – and the greatest proportion of homes with three or more children.

New figures from Eurostat show that children live in 39% of Irish homes, and over a quarter of those have three or more children in them.

In contrast, Bulgaria has the lowest number of homes with three or more children – just 5% of all the households with children living in them.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says more Irish children are staying in the family home for longer.  

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: the same household

9414: ECC HOLIDAY SMALL PRINT ADVISORY
Wednesday 05 June 2019
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The European Consumer Centre is advising people going on holidays over the coming months to check the small print on their documents.

It says many people who encounter problems are totally unaware of their legal rights where difficulties occur.

Martina Nee is spokesperson for ECC Ireland.

She says it can't be stressed hard enough how important it is to read an airline's terms and conditions before departing on a holiday.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: the complaints procedure