Archive - February 2020

9511: ONE IN TWO IRISH NOW HOLIDAY AT HOME
Friday 28 February 2020
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One in two Irish people now holiday within Ireland.

New figures from Eurostat show that the figure for Ireland is slightly below the EU average of 53 per cent taking domestic breaks.

The country with the highest rate of hotel bed occupancy by its native people is Romania at 83 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says that Malta has the highest percentage of accommodation taken by tourists from other countries.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: by external tourists

9512: IRISH TRUST IN EU INSTITUTIONS IS UP BY 11 PER CENT
Thursday 27 February 2020
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Irish people continue to be the most optimistic in Europe about EU membership.

A new Eurobarometer report shows that 73 per cent of people here feel the interests of Ireland are well taken care of by the EU.

The survey reveals that Irish trust in the EU at 58 per cent is up 11 points on last year.

Gerry Kiely, who is Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the figures completely dismiss Irish scepticism about EU membership.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: by the EU

9510: IRISH CONCERNS ON HOUSING ARE SECOND HIGHEST IN THE EU
Wednesday 26 February 2020
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Concerns about housing have been identified as the most important issue facing the country by almost 6 in every 10 people in Ireland.

Only in Luxembourg does a greater proportion of the population - 71 per cent - rate accommodation as the number one issue, according to figures from Eurobarometer.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says that, by comparison, housing is not an issue at all in Lithuania and Greece.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: respondents named housing

9509: IRELAND LAGS BEHIND THE EU AVERAGE FOR ESTABLISHING NEW BUSINESSES
Friday 21 February 2020
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Ireland remains below the EU average when it comes to establishing new businesses.

New figures from Eurostat show that only 8.2 per cent of businesses in Ireland are newly-formed.

This is slightly behind the EU average of 9.3 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission Office in Ireland says the figures show that the proportion of new businesses in Lithuania is twice the EU average.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: businesses were new

9508: IRELAND HAS GREATEST PROPORTION OF LARGE FAMILY HOUSEHOLDS IN EUROPE
Thursday 20 February 2020
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Ireland has a greater proportion of households with three or more children under 18 than anywhere else in Europe.

New figures from the Dublin-based Eurofound agency show that at seven per cent, that's more than double the EU average.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says countries in southern Europe have the lowest proportion.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: children under eighteen

9507: EU TO UNVEIL PLANS TO PROTECT ONLINE DATA PRIVACY
Wednesday 19 February 2020
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The European Commission will unveil details today (Wednesday) of a major initiative to create greater protection for digital users.

It is expected to address issues such as online privacy, artificial intelligence, security and operating standards.

Gerry Kiely is Head of EU Representation in Ireland.

He says the key objective will be to ensure that personal online data is protected and not manipulated by corporate companies.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: not just multi-nationals

9506: IRELAND IS LOWEST RENEWABLE ENERGY PERFORMER IN THE EU
Friday 14 February 2020
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Ireland continues to be the worst performer in Europe when it comes to using renewable energy for home heating.

New figures from Eurostat show that we are joint bottom of the renewable energy chart with The Netherlands with just six per cent usage.

Grace Bolton is Head of Press with the European Commission office in Dublin.

She says Sweden leads the way where the use of renewable energy is now up to 65 per cent.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: from renewable sources

9505: IRELAND SLIGHTLY AHEAD OF EU AVERAGE FOR TELE-WORKING
Thursday 13 February 2020
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Ireland is slightly ahead of the EU average when it comes to remote working.

New figures from Eurostat show that 6.5 per cent of us work from home compared to the EU average of 5.2 per cent.

However, 7.2 per cent of Irish men work from home compared to 5.7 per cent of Irish women.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Finland and The Netherlands top the table for teleworking at 15 per cent.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: fourteen per cent

9504: COMMISSION CALLS FOR “UNACCEPTABLE” IRISH PENSION GAP TO BE RECTIFIED
Wednesday 12 February 2020
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Women in Ireland receive 27 per cent less than men in pension entitlements.

New figures from Eurostat show however that the gap has narrowed from a differential of 35 per cent in 2010.

The gap exists because many women who leave the paid workforce to raise children make fewer PRSI payments.

Gerry Kiely of the European Commission office in Dublin says more needs to be done to rectify the situation.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: as soon as possible

9502: DUBLIN HAS SECOND WORST TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE EU
Friday 07 February 2020
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Dublin is now the second worst city in the EU for traffic congestion.

New figures from the European Commission show that Dublin motorists lose 246 hours per year because of it.

Only Rome, where drivers lose 254 hours annually, is worse than Dublin, and Budapest is the least congested.

Gerry Kiely of the EU Representation in Ireland says the amount of hours lost by motorists in Dublin has adverse effects on the economy.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: to the economy

9503: IRISH HAVE ABOVE AVERAGE CONCERNS ABOUT INTERNET SECURITY
Thursday 06 February 2020
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Irish people have more concerns about internet security than the average EU citizen.

New figures from Eurobarometer show that 53 per cent of Irish people are concerned about misuse of personal data compared to the EU average of 46 per cent.

And 52 per cent of Irish people are more concerned about online payments compared to the EU average of 41 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Irish people appear to be more internet savvy about online activity than their EU counterparts.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: across the EU

9501: IRELAND HAS SECOND HIGHEST MINIMUM WAGE IN THE EU
Wednesday 05 February 2020
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Ireland now has the second highest minimum wage rate in the European Union.

Figures from Eurostat for January show that the gross minimum wage per month in Ireland is €1,656 putting us just behind Luxembourg on €2,142.

21 of the 27 States in the EU have a legal minimum wage.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the minimum wage rate in Ireland is higher than in Germany - the richest country in the European Union.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: are very productive