Archive - December 2020

9628: IRISH AMONG THE TOP HEALTHY EATERS IN EUROPE
Wednesday 23 December 2020
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Irish people are among the healthiest eaters in Europe.

A new Eurobarometer survey shows that 81% of Irish people eat a healthy and sustainable diet always or most of the time.

The EU average figure is only 66 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the EU Commission says Irish people fully understand the benefits of healthy food and protecting the environment.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: protects the Planet

9629: IRISH CONSUMERS TO PAY MORE FOR UK GOODS IF NO DEAL IS SECURED WITH THE EU
Tuesday 22 December 2020
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The European Consumer Centre says the public will pay significantly more for goods from Britain if no trade deal is struck between the EU and UK.

The Centre says a whole new range of tariffs will be imposed on imported British items under World Trade Organisation terms.

Talks between the UK and EU on a future relationship are ongoing in Brussels with no sign of a deal imminent.

Cyril Sullivan of the European Consumer Centre says prices on some UK-imported items could increase by as much as 40 per cent.





Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: directives and regulations

9627: IRISH HOUSING COSTS ARE NOW THE HIGHEST IN THE EU
Friday 18 December 2020
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Housing costs in Ireland, which include water, electricity, gas and other fuels, are now the highest in Europe at 77% above the EU average.

New figures from Eurostat for 2019 reveal that 69% of Irish people own their own home.

This is the 7th lowest rate in the European Union and slightly below the EU average of 70 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the figures show that more people here live in houses than apartments.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: third are renting

9625: ECC ISSUES WARNING ON SPURIOUS DOT IE SITES
Thursday 17 December 2020
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The European Consumer Centre in Ireland is warning people to be careful when buying from spurious websites that carry a Dot ie address.

It says a growing number of scam sites from outside the European Union are using Dot ie as a domain name and misleading consumers.

The Centre is advising people to check the address and office phone number of the site before making a purchase.

Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says consumers are unlikely to get refunds from these scam sites where difficulties arise. 

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: in that regard

9626: IRISH TRAVELLERS REPORT SECOND HIGHEST LEVELS OF DISCRIMINATION IN EUROPE
Wednesday 16 December 2020
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Ireland has the second highest rate of reported discrimination in Europe against the Traveller community.

The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights says 68% of Traveller men and 62% of Traveller women experience ongoing discrimination.

There is also a significant life expectancy gap of 10 years between Travellers and the general population in Ireland.

Tim Hayes of the EU Commission office in Ireland says the rate of employment for Travellers here is the lowest of all countries surveyed at just under 20%.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: the settled community

9624: IRISH WOMEN TOP THE CLASS FOR WORKING IN I.T. IN THE EU
Friday 11 December 2020
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More Irish women work in information technology than their European counterparts.

New figures from the European Commission show that women across the EU are still less likely to work in the area of I.T. compared to men.

Tim Hayes of the EU representation in Ireland says the figures show that more Irish women are IT specialists than the average for Europe.



Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: a good thing

9622: EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO TIGHTEN RULES FOR ONLINE SHOPPING
Thursday 10 December 2020
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The European Commission is to tighten its rules in the area of online spending.

It says the Covid 19 Pandemic has revealed that purchasing online and the provision of refunds has turned out to be a bad experience for millions of consumers right across the European Union.

A major review in to consumer engagement with established and scam operators will get underway in early 2021.

Cyril Sullivan of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says the review will cover a wide range of areas.

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: that affect consumers

9623: IRELAND SLIGHTLY BEHIND EU AVERAGE FOR GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTIONS
Wednesday 09 December 2020
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Ireland is making slow progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

New figures from the European Commission show that since 2005, the European Union has reduced its emissions by 19 per cent.

Emissions have now been reduced by 24% compared to 1990 levels.  

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says the figures for Ireland since 2005 show a decrease of 14 per cent.

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

9621: IRISH STUDENTS ABOVE THE EU AVERAGE FOR DRUG USE
Friday 04 December 2020
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Cannabis use among Irish secondary school students is higher than the EU average. 19% of students surveyed had used it at least once while 9% reported use in the past month.

New figures from the EU Drugs Agency show that on average, 1 in 5 Irish school students reported having used an illicit drug at least once in their life.

The figure for the rest of the EU is slightly lower at 1 in 6.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says strategies are being worked on to reduce the level of drug consumption by students.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: more targeted policies

9620: IRISH PEOPLE SPEND MORE ON EATING OUT THAN OTHER EUROPEANS
Thursday 03 December 2020
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People in Ireland spent a far higher percentage of their household income on food, drink and eating out than other Europeans last year.

Figures from Eurostat show that the percentage of Irish income spent in restaurants and hotels was 15% compared to the EU average of 8.7%.
The percentage of Irish disposable income spent on food and non-alcohol drinks was 11.2% compared to 8.6% across the EU.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the figures show that Irish people spend significant sums eating out.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: and eating out