Archive - Spetember 2019

9447: IRISH LEAST LIKELY PEOPLE IN EUROPE TO REPORT POLLUTION
Friday 20 September 2019
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Irish people are bottom of the EU league when it comes to reporting pollution.

New figures from Eurostat show that 26 per cent of Maltese people have made a report, making them the most vigilant in the EU, followed by 24 per cent of Germans.

The figure for Irish people is just 5.3 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says there are a number of reasons why Irish people don't report pollution.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: blowing everything away

9448: IRISH TRAIN TRAVEL AMONGST THE LOWEST IN EUROPE
Thursday 19 September 2019
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Ireland has one of the lowest rates for train travel in the entire European Union.

Just three per cent of every kilometre travelled in Ireland is by train compared to the EU average of eight per cent.

The statistics from Eurostat are published as the European Union marks Mobility Week which runs until Sunday September 22nd.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says however, we are ahead of our European counterparts when it comes to bus travel.

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

9449: EU INVITES LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO APPLY FOR FREE PUBLIC WIFI
Wednesday 18 September 2019
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The European Commission is offering free public wi-fi to towns and villages around Ireland.

Local authorities have until 4pm this Friday September 20th to apply on the WiFi4EU online portal.

This is the third of four calls to local authorities in Ireland to take advantage of free public WiFi.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says this is a wonderful opportunity to connect Irish public spaces to the World Wide Web.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: for public use

9446: IRELAND SHOWS €2 BILLION SHORTFALL IN 2017 VAT REVENUE
Thursday 12 September 2019
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The Irish Government was deprived of almost two billion euro in VAT receipts in 2017.

The figure amounts to almost 13 per cent of expected VAT revenue for that year.

The data is contained in a new report on the VAT gap from the Customs and Taxation Union Directorate-General.

Tim Hayes of the EU office in Dublin says there are a number of reasons for the VAT shortfall.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: companies going bankrupt

9445: IRISH CONCERNS TO GET PRIORITY FROM NEW EU TRADE COMMISSIONER
Tuesday 10 September 2019
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Phil Hogan from Kilkenny is to be the new EU Trade negotiator.

The current Agriculture Commissioner will take on one of the most important economic portfolios, as the new European Commission wants to pursue a strong, open and fair trade agenda, strengthening Europe’s role as a global leader.

Commissioner Hogan was Minister for the Environment here from 2011 to 2014, before becoming the European Commissioner for Agriculture from 2014 onwards.

Andy Klom, who is Deputy spokesperson for the EU Representation in Ireland, says having an EU Trade Commissioner who is Irish is important for Ireland as an open and export-oriented economy, and important for Europe as a whole.

Interviewee: Andy Klom | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: multi-lateral trade system

9444: PHIL HOGAN NOMINATED NEW EU TRADE COMMISSIONER
Tuesday 10 September 2019
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Phil Hogan from Kilkenny is to be the new EU Trade negotiator.

The former Agriculture Commissioner takes on the role as the EU enters a difficult phase to deal with the British exit from the European Union.

Commissioner Hogan was Minister for the Environment here from 2011 to 2014.

Details of his appointment were made in Brussels this morning by EU President-elect Ursula Von Der Leyen who described Phil Hogan as a tough negotiator.

Interviewee: Ursula Von Der Leyen | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: the trade portfolio

9442: IRISH YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT INCREASES
Friday 06 September 2019
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Ireland's youth unemployment rate has risen slightly to 14.5 per cent.

The figure, which represents the number of under-25s without a job, marks an increase of 0.9 per cent on July 2018 data.

New figures from Eurostat however show that the overall rate of unemployment in Ireland is now 5.3 per cent of the workforce.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Ireland has one of the better workforce employment rates in the European Union.

 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: 2.1 per cent

9441: IRELAND HAS ONE OF THE LOWEST INFLATION RATES IN THE EU
Thursday 05 September 2019
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Ireland continues to have one of the lowest annual inflation rates in the EU.

New figures from Eurostat show that prices on most household items here only rose by 0.5 per cent during the past 12 months.

This means Ireland had the sixth lowest inflation increase out of 28 Member States.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says that inflation rates vary across the EU Member States.

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

9443: IRISH SCHOOLS TO GET €3.3 MILLION FOR FRUIT AND VEG SCHEME
Wednesday 04 September 2019
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Irish schools are to receive over €3.3 million from the EU Fruit, Vegetables and Milk scheme.

The money will fund the programme until the end of the school Summer term in 2020.

Last year 200,000 children in 1,345 Irish schools benefitted from the scheme.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says the funding also promotes education about healthy eating.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 10 seconds | Outwords: and the Marine