Archive - February 2021

9650: RETAIL SALES IN IRELAND SHOW THIRD STRONGEST INCREASE IN EUROPE
Friday 26 February 2021
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Ireland recorded the third highest increase in retail sales in the European Union during 2020, according to new figures from Eurostat.

Across the EU, sales were up by 1.4 % in December 2020 after a decrease of 4.9 % in November 2020.

In Ireland, the increase was 11.4 %, the third highest in Europe.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says despite the pandemic in 2020, the Irish economy was one of the best EU performers.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: of retail therapy

9651: ECC ISSUES ADVISORY TO IRISH HOLIDAY MAKERS
Thursday 25 February 2021
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The European Consumer Centre is advising members of the public who book holidays later this year to search for flexible contracts.

It says trends are indicating that significant numbers of people are planning holidays after the Covid-19 vaccinations are completed.

The Centre says however, people going on holidays may not always get what they book for as certain restrictions may remain in place.

Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says people booking holidays beyond July should explore flexible scenarios before paying a booking agent.

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: available to them

9649: IRELAND HAS 5TH HIGHEST SHARE OF ONLINE BUYERS IN THE EU
Wednesday 24 February 2021
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Ireland now has the fifth highest share of online buyers in the European Union.

The proportion of Irish internet users aged 16 to 74 who bought online rose to 81% in 2020, up from 63% in 2015.

In the Netherlands the figure was 91 per cent, followed by Denmark at 90 per cent, Germany at 87 per cent and Sweden at 86 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says the Covid-19 pandemic is driving the increase in online sales.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: services or downloads

9648: EXCLUSIVE RETURN TO NORMALITY POST COVID 19 REMAINS UNKNOWN
Friday 19 February 2021
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A leading EU official says he doesn't know when daily life will return to normality despite an increase in Covid-19 vaccinations.

The comments were made by Irish man John F. Ryan who heads up the EU Public Health Directorate.

He said the public should ignore dismissive commentary about vaccinations as they have prevented many multiple diseases since childhood.

John F. Ryan says emerging variants of the virus are hindering progress in eradicating Covid 19.

Interviewee: John Ryan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: the right road

9647: ECC IRELAND ADVISORY ON IRISH-FLAGGED WEBSITES
Wednesday 17 February 2021
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The European Consumer Centre is repeating a previous advisory for people to think twice when purchasing goods online from a Dot ie site.

It says complaints have increased from consumers who bought from Irish-flagged websites which in fact are based outside the country.

The Centre says Dot ie websites based outside the European Union usually contain hidden costs and are not protected by EU law.

Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says some advance homework can save consumers unnecessary charges and difficulties.

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: for additional charges

9646: IRELAND SEES FIFTH LARGEST DROP IN COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS DUE TO COVID
Tuesday 16 February 2021
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The number of commercial flights in Ireland was down by 79% in January compared to the previous year.

The figures show that Ireland was the fifth hardest hit country in Europe during the previous 12 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Statistics from Eurostat show the average decrease across the EU in the number of commercial passenger, freight and mail flights in January compared with the same month in 2020 was 68%.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says compared to the EU average, the figures for Ireland and some of its airports were worse.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: period last year

9645: PROPORTION OF IRISH DISABLED PEOPLE AT RISK OF POVERTY IS WELL ABOVE EU AVERAGE
Friday 12 February 2021
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Almost 40 per cent of disabled people living in Ireland are at risk of poverty or social exclusion, the fifth worst figure in Europe.

Only disabled people in the eastern European countries of Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania are more likely to live in poverty or exclusion.

In 2019, 28.4% of the EU population aged 16 or over with a disability was at risk of poverty or social exclusion, compared with 37.8% in Ireland.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says the figures for Ireland are disappointing.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: in this area

9644: IRISH CONSUMERS WHO PURCHASE GOODS ONLINE IN THE UK MAY HAVE REDRESS RIGHTS
Wednesday 10 February 2021
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Irish consumers who purchase faulty items online from a UK-based supplier have legal protections if the company has a registered office in the European Union.

The protections include areas such as contract information, taxes, charges, shipping, delivery, guarantees and returns.

The European Consumer Centre in Dublin says Irish purchasers have rights if they have issues with unsatisfactory purchases.

Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says consumers who purchase such goods in the UK can check their status by contacting his office.

 
 

If Irish consumers make a purchase from a UK trader with a registered presence in Ireland (i.e. a UK brand with a registered Irish company), your overall consumer rights (contract information, pricing and payments, taxes and charges, shipping and delivery, guarantees and returns) and redress options (repair, replacement or refund), remain unchanged.   

 
 

If Irish consumers make a purchase from a UK trader with a registered presence in Ireland (i.e. a UK brand with a registered Irish company), your overall consumer rights (contract information, pricing and payments, taxes and charges, shipping and delivery, guarantees and returns) and redress options (repair, replacement or refund), remain unchanged.   

 
 

If Irish consumers make a purchase from a UK trader with a registered presence in Ireland (i.e. a UK brand with a registered Irish company), your overall consumer rights (contract information, pricing and payments, taxes and charges, shipping and delivery, guarantees and returns) and redress options (repair, replacement or refund), remain unchanged.   

 
 

If Irish consumers make a purchase from a UK trader with a registered presence in Ireland (i.e. a UK brand with a registered Irish company), your overall consumer rights (contract information, pricing and payments, taxes and charges, shipping and delivery, guarantees and returns) and redress options (repair, replacement or refund), remain unchanged.   

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: to the consumer

9643: IRELAND HAS HIGHEST RATE OF CANNABIS SMOKERS IN THE EU
Tuesday 09 February 2021
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17 per cent of Irish people now use products containing cannabis, according to a new survey from Eurobarometer.

The figure is the highest in the EU.

Ireland also has the highest share of people who use e-cigarettes, at seven per cent against the EU average of two per cent.

According to Tim Hayes of the European Commission, the number of Irish people smoking cigarettes continues to decline.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: the last year

9640: ECC ISSUES ADVISORY ON BUYING 'GREEN' PRODUCTS ONLINE
Friday 05 February 2021
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The European Consumer Centre is advising the public to think twice about buying so-called 'green' items online.

New figures from the European Commission show that 42 per cent of products labelled online as 'green' are exaggerated, false or deceptive.

The analysis of online products promoted as being 'green' looked at sectors such as garments, cosmetics and household equipment.

Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says consumers should do their research before buying alleged 'green' products on the internet.

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: of any purchase

9642: IRISH PENSIONERS MORE VULNERABLE TO LIVING IN POVERTY
Thursday 04 February 2021
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Ireland appears to be heading towards a pensions timebomb.

Figures from Eurostat show that 18 per cent of Irish pensioners are likely to live in poverty compared to 15 per cent of EU citizens.

Tim Hayes from the European Commission representation in Ireland says the gap in pension values between Irish men and women is worrying.



Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: in their pensions

9641: ECC IRELAND SAYS IRISH CONSUMERS SHOULD DO THEIR HOMEWORK BEFORE BUYING FROM UK WEBSITES
Wednesday 03 February 2021
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The European Consumer Centre in Dublin is advising the Irish public to do their homework before purchasing items online from the UK.

The Centre says it has received over 400 complaints since January 1st about hidden costs such as tax and customs duties.

It says matters are compounded by the fact that now the UK is outside the EU, refunds cannot always be guaranteed.

Doctor Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says consumers should check the new rules on UK-based sites before making online payments.

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: their money back