Archive - July 2019

9439: IRISH PEOPLE BUY MORE NEW CARS THAN ANY OTHER EU STATE
Wednesday 31 July 2019
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Irish people place a premium on new cars more than any other nationality in the European Union.

Eurostat figures for 2017 show that 27.5 per cent of cars in Ireland are under 2 years old – the highest share of any EU Member State.

Meanwhile in Poland, 35 per cent of cars in use are over 20 years old.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission Office in Ireland says Irish motorists seem keen to drive newer cars.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: a new car

9437: IRELAND RECORDS EU'S HIGHEST NATURAL INCREASE IN POPULATION
Friday 26 July 2019
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Ireland recorded the highest natural rise in population in the European Union in 2018 bringing the total population here to 4.83 million.

New figures from Eurostat show that the population increased by 15.2 people per 1,000 residents.

Although Malta and Luxembourg recorded slightly higher increases due mainly to immigration, the natural rise was highest in Ireland.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission Representation in Dublin, says the figures show that more births than deaths are occurring here annually.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: deaths were recorded

9436: IRELAND AMONGST WORST IN EU FOR COASTAL BATHING WATER QUALITY
Thursday 25 July 2019
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Ireland has the 8th worst coastal bathing water quality in the European Union.

New figures from the European Environmental Authority provided to Eurostat reveal that Ireland is in the same category as Poland, Romania, Estonia and Bulgaria when it comes to the quality of coastal bathing water.

Slovenia and Malta top the list of 28 EU member States with 100 per cent of their beaches receiving an excellent rating.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says we rank poorly compared to certain Mediterranean countries.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: an excellent rating

9435: RISE IN COMPLAINTS AGAINST AIRLINES USING IRISH AIRPORTS
Wednesday 24 July 2019
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There was a 56 per cent increase in complaints against airlines using Irish airports in 2018 according to the latest report from the Irish Commission for Aviation Regulation.

Of 4,420 passenger queries dealt with last year, 2,319 were valid complaints.

As a result, airlines paid €390,000 in compensation to passengers affected by flight disruption.

Martina Nee of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says there are certain redress procedures the public can follow if flights are disrupted.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: it back later

9433: ONE IN TWO JOURNEYS BY IRISH PEOPLE ARE OUTSIDE THE STATE
Friday 19 July 2019
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48 per cent of all journeys taken by Irish people are trips abroad.

New figures from Eurostat show that the average length of stay outside the State by Irish people is 4.6 nights.

98.3 per cent of people in Luxembourg travel outside their own small State, while only six per cent of Romanians venture outside their own country.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission Office in Ireland says weather may influence why people travel beyond their own borders.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: of trips taken

9432: COMMISSION FORCES AIRBNB TO CHANGE ONLINE PRACTICE
Thursday 18 July 2019
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Airbnb has been forced to become more transparent after coming under pressure from the European Commission.

The high profile accommodation website has been heavily criticised for misleading users over hidden charges, but the latest changes will ensure that consumers are not misled when booking rooms.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission Office in Ireland says one of the key changes for Airbnb is to provide the total price of purchases in the search results page. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: in a hotel

9434: IRISH PLACED THIRD IN EUROPE FOR AIR TRAVEL
Wednesday 17 July 2019
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Irish people are the third biggest users of air transport in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that 43 per cent of us fly when we travel, putting us behind Malta on 63 and Cyprus on 49 per cent.

Grace Bolton, Head of Press for the European Commission in Ireland, says it’s not surprising that the top three countries for air travel are islands.

She also says the figures show that four out of every five journeys in Ireland are made by car.

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

9431: IRELAND, SECOND MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATION FOR EU CITIZENS
Friday 12 July 2019
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Ireland is now the second most popular destination for employees from elsewhere within the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that 12.8 per cent of all workers here are from another EU country - three times the EU average.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says however that Luxembourg attracts more employees from outside the EU than any other State in the European Union. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: from another country

9430: IRELAND HAS EU’S SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE CRECHE FEES FOR UNDER 3S
Thursday 11 July 2019
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Ireland is now the second most expensive country in the EU for crèche places for children under the age of three.

New figures from an EU Commission study show that the average crèche cost for this age group is €771 per month, that's around €440 less than the UK cost.

In countries like Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, childcare is completely subsidised by government, with parents paying only for their children's meals.  

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says crèche fees are expensive here because the Government leaves it to the market to determine costs.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: a family's income

9429: IRELAND HAS HIGHEST PROPORTION OF UNDER-FIVES IN THE EU
Wednesday 10 July 2019
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Ireland’s long-standing baby boom means we now have the highest proportion of children under the age of five in the EU.

New figures from Eurostat show that at 8.3 per cent of the overall population - or 398,000 children – are pre-schoolers.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says while Ireland currently occupies the top spot, Italy is at the bottom.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: aged under five

9427: MERCOSUR DEAL WILL OPEN UP MARKETS FOR IRISH FOOD PRODUCERS AND OTHER EXPORTERS
Friday 05 July 2019
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The Mercosur Agreement with four South American countries creates the potential for a significant increase in exports not just for Irish food and dairy producers but for many other businesses as well, according to the EU Agriculture Commissioner.

Phil Hogan says the tariff-scrapping deal will support over 110,000 jobs in rural Ireland, and offer export opportunities for the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, machinery, electrical equipment and medical devices sectors.

He anticipates the agreement will lead to a significant increase in the trade surplus Ireland currently has with Mercosur.

Interviewee: Phil Hogan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: next 15, 20 years

9428: ECC IRELAND HOLIDAY ADVISORY
Thursday 04 July 2019
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The European Consumer Centre is advising Irish people to re-check if the foreign holiday they've bought for this Summer is a package deal.

It says EU citizens now have new rights under a measure put in place last year that protects the consumer if certain holidays within the European Union don't go to plan.

Martina Nee is communications officer with the European Consumer Centre in Dublin.

She says there are a number of areas holidaymakers should be mindful of when jetting off on their Summer break.

Interviewee: Martina Nee | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: within 28 days

9426: EU AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER SAYS MERCOSUR DEAL IS NO THREAT TO IRISH FARMERS
Wednesday 03 July 2019
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The EU Agriculture Commissioner says he understands Irish beef farmers’ concerns about the Mercosur Trade Agreement reached with four South American countries.

Under the deal, up to 99,000 tonnes of beef - around 1 per cent of beef consumed - will be allowed in to the European Union every year at preferential tariff rates, while tariffs will be scrapped on almost €500 million worth of Irish exports.

Irish beef farmers, who are the fifth biggest producers in the world generating €3 billion per annum, fear that the deal could put them out of business.

However, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan rejects this, saying that a one billion euro support package will be in place to assist farmers in the event of significant market disturbance arising from the deal.

Interviewee: Phil Hogan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: the market place