Archive - April 2021

9673: IRELAND JUST BELOW THE EU AVERAGE FOR WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS
Friday 30 April 2021
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There were 2.4 million non-fatal work accidents across Europe in 2018 according to new figures just released.

The statistics show that affected workers were absent from work for four days or more.

The rate of fatal Irish accidents was 2.1 per 100,000 workers, just below the European average of 2.2. 

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says Ireland has some way to go to catch up with the Netherlands where the rate of workplace accidents is 0.87 per 100,000 employees.





Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: of work accidents

9672: ECC IRELAND ADVISORY ON SOCIAL MEDIA IMPULSE BUYING
Wednesday 28 April 2021
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The European Consumer Centre is advising users of social media to think twice before engaging in impulse buying online.

It says it is receiving a growing number of complaints from people who purchase goods from uninvited ads that pop up on their screens.

The Centre says people are purchasing goods from such sites outside the EU which, in a growing number of cases, are never delivered.

Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says, do your homework or else refunds can not be guaranteed. 

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: or non existent

9671: SURVEY REVEALS WHAT IRISH PEOPLE WORRY ABOUT
Tuesday 27 April 2021
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Irish people are more concerned about the environment and climate change than most of our European neighbours.

The latest Eurobarometer survey shows that environmental matters are third on the list of the things Irish people worry about, coming in just after the economy and health.

In Europe as a whole, worries about the environment fell outside the top three of people’s concerns, coming in at number four on the list behind health, the economy and their respective public finances.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says personal health and climate change continue to bother people.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: issue of concern

9670: NEW POLL SHOWS IRISH ARE WARY OF GREATER EUROPEAN INTEGRATION
Monday 26 April 2021
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52 per cent of Irish people are wary of more European integration and think the time is right for a debate on the future of Europe.

The recent Red C Poll for European Movement Ireland found that despite strong support for European-led action in areas such as the regulation of online news sources and social media, just over half of Irish people are opposed to greater European integration in areas such as taxation.

Stephen O'Shea of European Movement Ireland says 49% are also opposed to handing over greater control of healthcare to the EU in a crisis such as Covid-19.



Interviewee: Stephen O'Shea | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: convinced of yet

9669: IRISH ROAD FATALITIES INCREASED IN 2020
Thursday 22 April 2021
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Ireland was one of only a few countries in Europe which actually recorded an increase in road fatalities in 2020, according to new statistics from the EU Commission.

Road deaths in Europe as a whole decreased by an unprecedented 17 per cent, with far fewer people making journeys because of COVID lockdowns.

New figures show that Ireland recorded 30 deaths per million of population last year compared to 29 per million the previous year, an increase of six per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says despite the recent increase in fatalities, Irish roads are among the safest in the world.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: down to zero

9668: IRISH SUPPORT FOR EU MEMBERSHIP REMAINS HIGH
Wednesday 21 April 2021
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84 per cent of Irish people say Ireland should remain in the European Union, according to a new opinion poll published today.

The Red C Poll for the European Movement also found that 48 per cent of Irish people have confidence in the EU Covid vaccination strategy.

The survey found that only one in three Irish people believe there will be a united Ireland by 2031.

Stephen O' Shea of the European Movement in Ireland says the figures show that support for EU membership has slipped slightly in recent years.

Interviewee: Stephen O'Shea | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: union remains strong

9667: IRISH CODING STUDENTS INVITED TO DEVELOP SOCIETAL APP
Tuesday 20 April 2021
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Today (Tuesday) is the deadline for students of computer coding aged 15-19 to vote on three societal challenges which can be tackled by developing an app.

The three options are, inclusiveness for digital communities, flood tracking along the river Shannon and addressing cyber bullying on social media.

Participating students in the EU Hackathon competition will have 24 hours next week to develop an app to tackle the chosen topic which can be viewed at codeweek.eu slash hackathons slash Ireland, with the winning team chosen to represent Ireland in the European final next October.

Tim Hayes of the EU Commission says this is a wonderful opportunity for young computer buffs to develop a life-changing digital app.


Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: or their city

9665: 40 PER CENT OF IRISH PARENTS CARE FOR CHILDREN UNDER THREE YEARS OF AGE
Friday 16 April 2021
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Almost four in 10 children in Ireland under three years of age are cared for by their parents, compared to nearly half across the EU.

A Eurostat survey also shows that 42 per cent of our youngest children are in formal care, a higher proportion than the EU figure of 35 per cent.

32 per cent are cared for by their grandparents here, compared to the European average of a 25 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says the proportion of children under three cared for only by their parents is lowest in the Netherlands.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 12 seconds | Outwords: ten in Bulgaria

9666: ECC IRELAND ADVISES HOLIDAY MAKERS TO BOOK PACKAGE DEALS
Thursday 15 April 2021
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The European Consumer Centre is advising Irish people considering going on holidays later in the Summer, to book package breaks.

It says package holidays give EU consumers greater redress options where a dispute may occur.

The Centre says it's important to book a holiday that can be cancelled or moved and contains a refund provision.

Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says holidays booked via credit or debit cards within the EU provide greater security in the event of a problem.





Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: for a refund

9664: IRISH SELF-EMPLOYED WORST AFFECTED IN THE EU BY COVID
Wednesday 14 April 2021
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Self-employed people in Ireland lost more income last year than their counterparts in all other EU States.

An EU review has found that people working for themselves here saw their incomes fall during the pandemic by 12 per cent in 2020.

The figure compares to a loss of income of just over four per cent for employees.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says the figures show that self-employed people in Ireland took the biggest hit of all.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: make ends meet