Archive - June 2020

9560: IRISH POPULATION TO GROW EXPONENTIALLY IN THE NEXT 50 YEARS
Friday 26 June 2020
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The population of Ireland is projected to grow to 6.5 million by 2070.

A new EU report on demographic change reveals that the overall European population is projected to decline progressively after 2030.

The number of people over 65 across the EU will rise from 20 per cent in 2020 to 30 per cent by 2070.

According to Grace Bolton of the European Commission, the median age in Ireland will also rise significantly in the next 50 years.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 06 seconds | Outwords: 46 by 2070

9561: IRISH HOUSING IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE IN THE EU
Wednesday 24 June 2020
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Ireland has the highest housing costs among the 27 member States of the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that we also pay more for alcohol and tobacco than any other EU State.

We also have the third highest transport costs in the EU.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the Irish pay 77 per cent more on average for housing than our EU counterparts.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 08 seconds | Outwords: the EU average

9558: IRELAND NOW 6TH IN THE EU FOR USE OF INTERNET SERVICES
Tuesday 23 June 2020
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Ireland now ranks 6th out of 28 European countries in an index which monitors the use of digital technology and the internet.

With a score of 61.8 compared to the EU average of 52.6 in this year’s European Digital Economy and Society Index, Ireland has been the fastest growing digital EU State since 2015.

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

She says Ireland performs well across a range of categories, and is in top place for the integration of digital technology.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: digital public services

9559: BREAKING NEWS EU COMMITS €2.8 BILLION TOWARDS COVID-19 VACCINE
Wednesday 17 June 2020
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The European Commission is to provide €2.8 billion to science for the development of a Covid-19 vaccine.

The Commission says it is hoped to have a vaccine in the market within the next 18 months.

The EU says it plans to look at a more co-ordinated approach to health management which is currently left to individual member States.

Gerry Kiely of the European Commission office in Dublin says the provision of such a vaccine will be affordable to all European citizens.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: all EU citizens

9557: IRISH BELIEVE CORRUPTION IS WIDESPREAD IN IRELAND
Wednesday 17 June 2020
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68 per cent of Irish people think corruption is widespread in Ireland.

The startling figure is published in a new survey by Eurobarometer. 

The survey also shows that 64 per cent of Irish people believe that corruption is part of the business culture here, while 53% think that the only way to succeed in business is to have political connections.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the survey revealed that seven per cent of Irish people know someone who has taken bribes.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: has taken bribes

9554: IRELAND CONTINUES TO HAVE POOR BATHING WATER QUALITY
Tuesday 16 June 2020
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Ireland continues to have one of the poorest records in Europe for bathing water quality.

A new report from the European Environmental Agency ranks Ireland in the bottom 10 of 30 countries examined.

The report says the four poorest quality bathing sites in Ireland are at Merrion Strand, Sandymount Strand, Portrane Beach in Dublin and Clifden Beach in Galway.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says we lag behind the EU average when it comes to bathing water quality. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: Estonia and Bulgaria

9556: BREAKING NEWS IRELAND RECORDS SECOND LOWEST RATE OF FATAL ROAD ACCIDENTS IN THE EU
Thursday 11 June 2020
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Ireland now has the second lowest rate of fatal road accidents in the EU, according to figures out today from the European Commission.

With 29 road fatalities per million inhabitants in 2019, Ireland’s safety record is surpassed only by Sweden where 22 per million people died on roads.

141 people died on Irish roads last year. In 1972, the figure peaked at 640 deaths.

Gerry Kiely of the European Commission office in Dublin says there's a determination to push the figures down as far as possible.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: life-changing injuries

9555: IRISH PEOPLE WORK LONGER THAN THEIR EU COUNTERPARTS
Wednesday 10 June 2020
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Irish people spend slightly longer in the paid workforce than their EU counterparts.

A new report from Eurostat shows that men and women here work on average for 37.4 years.

The EU average is 36.4 years.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the figures show that men spend longer in the paid workforce than women.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 08 seconds | Outwords: the paid workforce

9552: IRELAND ABOVE THE EU AVERAGE FOR SPEND ON FAMILY BENEFITS
Tuesday 09 June 2020
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Ireland is above the EU average when it comes to annual spend on family benefits.

Spending in Ireland is €753 a year per person while the EU average is €675, according to new figures from Eurostat.

Family benefits include spending on children's allowance, pregnancy, childbirth, adoption, childcare and caring for other family members. 

Grace Bolton of the European Commission in Ireland says Luxembourg and Denmark top the European expenditure league table.



Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: euro per inhabitant

9550: CANCELLED PACKAGE HOLIDAY CONSUMERS HAVE OPTIONS
Friday 05 June 2020
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The European Consumer Centre says people who booked package holidays that were cancelled due to Covid-19, have a number of options.

The Centre says that under the EU Package Travel Directive, the organiser of the package must issue the traveller a full refund within 14 days if the contract is cancelled.

Diana Valentine is spokesperson for the ECC office in Dublin.

She says other options include taking up the package at a later date, a cash refund or issuing a voucher. 

Interviewee: Diana Valentine | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: and currently vouchers

9551: EU COMMISSION SEEKS SUGGESTIONS ON GREENHOUSE GAS REDUCTION
Thursday 04 June 2020
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The European Commission is inviting everyone in Europe to have their say on climate change.

The Commission has launched an online web page inviting ideas and suggestions to achieve a 55 per cent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.

Members of the public can log on to "2030 Climate Target Plan" over the next three weeks.  

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the online petition will give the public a real opportunity to affect change.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: comments are welcome

9553: EU COMMITS €9 BILLION TO TACKLE FUTURE PANDEMICS
Wednesday 03 June 2020
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The European Commission is to make €9.4 billion available to prevent the spread of virus-driven pandemics in the future.

The money will fund prevention, preparedness, surveillance and response to cross-border health threats.

It will also build emergency reserves of affordable medicines, medical devices and other health supplies.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the fund will ensure we are better prepared for future pandemics.

Interviewee: Gerry Kiely | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: a crisis again