Archive - January 2020

9496: IRELAND RECORDS THIRD BIGGEST HOUSE-PRICE FALL IN EU
Friday 24 January 2020
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Ireland saw the third largest fall in house prices in the EU between 2007 and autumn 2019.

Figures just published by Eurostat show that Greece at 40 per cent and Romania at 27 per cent, recorded the largest decline in property prices.

Tim Hayes, political director with the EU Representation in Ireland, says the decline in Ireland is smaller as prices have recovered since the economic crash, but in the same period, rents have increased.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: about forty per cent

9497: IRELAND RECORDS LOW EU PRISONER RATE
Thursday 23 January 2020
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Ireland continues to have one of the lowest rates of prisoners per capita in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that since 2000, there were 77 prisoners in Irish jails for every 100,000 of the population.

Finland recorded the lowest rate in the same period at 56 prisoners per 100,000 persons while Lithuania recorded the highest.

Jonathan Claridge of the European Commission office in Dublin says the Irish figure remains relatively low compared to the EU average.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: per 100,000 inhabitants

9495: ONE IN TEN IRISH HOUSEHOLDS STRUGGLE TO PAY UTILITY BILLS
Wednesday 22 January 2020
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Just under ten per cent of Irish households were unable to pay their monthly utility bills in the past 12 months.

New figures from Eurostat show that the Irish figures are, however, improving since the collapse of the economy in 2008.

The most punctual country in the EU for paying utility bills is the Netherlands with 99 per cent compliance.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says that while the Irish figures are quite high, there are people in other countries in the EU who are finding things even more difficult. 

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: paying their bills

9492: ONLY HALF OF IRISH TRANSPORT USERS AWARE OF THEIR RIGHTS
Friday 17 January 2020
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New figures show that only 43 per cent of EU citizens who have travelled by air, long-distance rail, coach, ship or ferry in the previous 12 months are aware that rights exist for passengers.

Eurobarometer surveyed 30,000 transport users across Europe last year and found only fourteen per cent were specifically aware of their rights for air travel, eight per cent for rail, five per cent for coach and three per cent for travel by ship or ferry.

Jonathan Claridge of the European Commission office in Dublin says although the percentage of Irish passengers who know they have rights is higher than the European average, awareness is still very low.

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: these Rights exist

9493: IRELAND HAS LOW HOSPITAL-STAY RATE
Thursday 16 January 2020
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The number of days people in Ireland stay in hospital is one of the lowest in the EU.

New figures from Eurostat show that the average length of a hospital stay for in-patients is 4.5 days in the Netherlands, 5.3 days in Bulgaria and 5.5 days in Denmark.

The average hospital stay in Ireland is 6 days.

Jonathan Claridge of the European Commission office in Dublin says people stay longest in hospital in Hungary.

In 2017 among the EU Member States, the average length of a hospital stay for in-patients ranged from 4.5 days in the Netherlands, 5.3 days in Bulgaria and 5.5 days (2016 data) in Denmark to 9.1 days in France, 9.6 days in Czechia and 9.8 days in Hungary. Ireland = 5.7 days
In 2017 among the EU Member States, the average length of a hospital stay for in-patients ranged from 4.5 days in the Netherlands, 5.3 days in Bulgaria and 5.5 days (2016 data) in Denmark to 9.1 days in France, 9.6 days in Czechia and 9.8 days in Hungary. Ireland = 5.7 days

Interviewee: Jonathan Claridge | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: hospital, is six

9494: EU PRESIDENT TO MEET AN TAOISEACH IN DUBLIN TODAY
Wednesday 15 January 2020
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The President of the European Commission Ursula Von Der Leyen will visit Dublin today (Wednesday).

She will hold talks with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and will be guest of honour tonight at a formal dinner.

President Von Der Leyen is here following an invitation from the Government.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says her talks with the Taoiseach will focus on Brexit and the new EU Green Deal.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: next five years

9489: NEW EU RULES WILL BRING GREATER TRANSPARENCY TO BUYING GOODS ONLINE
Friday 10 January 2020
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New rules have come into effect across the EU that will provide greater transparency when buying goods online.

The new measures will also ensure compensation for victims of unfair commercial practices.

Tim Hayes is political officer with the European Commission office in Dublin.

He says among the new changes will be measures to prevent a person being commissioned to submit fake reviews of products bought online.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: about a product

9490: EU APPROVES NEW CAR SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES
Thursday 09 January 2020
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Car safety within the EU is set to move up a gear from July 2022.

The European Commission has approved new technologies which will be compulsory in all brand new cars sold within the EU.

Some of the measures are optional in new cars at present but will be compulsory from Summer '22.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says the technologies will help to reduce accidents and improve road safety. 

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: and for pedestrians

9491: IRISH ARE THE MOST ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT EU MEMBERSHIP
Wednesday 08 January 2020
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Irish people continue to be the most enthusiastic about EU membership.

A new Eurobarometer Report shows that 63 per cent of Irish people have a positive image of the EU.

The EU average is 42 per cent with the share lowest in Greece and the Czech Republic at 31 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says Irish people fully understand the benefits of being in the European Union.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: forty per cent

9486: NEW EU RULES TO SIMPLIFY MOBILE PHONE AND INTERNET CONTRACT TERMS AND PRICE COMPARISONS
Friday 03 January 2020
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Changes are on the way across Europe later this year that will give consumers better information when buying a mobile phone or internet package.

They'll be offered clearer written comparisons on internet speeds, call costs and termination conditions before signing on the dotted line.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the new measures will be a win-win for buyers.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: for their needs