Archive - May 2021

9685: IRISH INFLATION RATE JUMPS SHARPLY
Thursday 27 May 2021
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The rate of inflation in Ireland rose sharply in April compared to the previous 12 months but is still one of the lowest in the EU.

New figures from Eurostat show that inflation here last month rose to 1% from just 0.1% in March making it the fifth lowest in Europe.

For the 10 months before March, the rate in Ireland had been under zero per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Ireland says energy and food costs have contributed significantly to the increase.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: five per cent

9684: ECC ADVISES IRISH PEOPLE TO BOOK PACKAGE HOLIDAYS
Wednesday 26 May 2021
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The expected Government announcement on Friday next about relaxing foreign travel restrictions in July has prompted the European Consumer Centre to once again advise people to book package holidays only.

It says people who book a package break have greater redress options if the holiday doesn't go to plan.

Cyril Sullivan of ECC Ireland says people who book package holidays have greater refund security compared to booking flights and accommodation separately.

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

9683: IRISH PEOPLE PREFER SEMI-DETACHED HOUSES TO FLATS
Tuesday 25 May 2021
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Ireland has the lowest proportion of people living in flats or apartments compared to any other country in the EU.

Eurostat figures for 2019 show that just 8% of us live in apartments compared to 46% of the EU population.

Ireland is one of only two European countries along with the Netherlands where more than half the residents live in semi-detached properties.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says Irish people would rather own their own place than pay dead rent to a landlord.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: residents in Romania

9682: IRELAND HAD THIRD HIGHEST SHARE OF PEOPLE WORKING FROM HOME DURING 2020
Friday 21 May 2021
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One in five people in Ireland worked from home last year, the third highest figure in Europe.

A Eurostat survey showed that Finland topped the list of EU Member States for home working with a quarter of employed people there working from home in 2020.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says working from home is becoming more apparent particularly for self-employed people.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: worked from home

9681: IRISH HIGH ON THE LIST OF OLDER INTERNET USERS
Thursday 20 May 2021
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Ireland has one of the highest proportions of older people in Europe who use the internet.

Figures from Eurostat show that nearly 80% of 65 – 74 year olds here in Ireland went online in 2020 compared to just over 60% in Europe overall.

Denmark tops the list of grey web-surfers with over 90% on their PCs and tablets last year.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says Irish pensioners are way ahead of most EU States when it comes to internet activity.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: use the internet

9680: IRELAND HAS LOWEST DIVORCE RATE IN EU
Wednesday 19 May 2021
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Ireland continues to have the lowest divorce rate in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat for 2019 show that just 0.7 divorces were registered here per 1,000 people, a figure equalled only by Malta.

Luxembourg had the highest divorce rate at 3.1 per 1,000 people.

According to Tim Hayes of the European Commission, overall trends suggest that marriage is not as popular as it once was.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 11 seconds | Outwords: in the EU

9679: IRISH ARE THE SECOND BEST MONEY SAVERS IN THE EU
Friday 14 May 2021
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Irish householders were the second best money savers in the EU during the Covid 19 pandemic.

New figures from Eurostat show we saved 12.8 per cent more in 2020 compared to 2019, slightly behind Slovenia.

Household expenditure was seven per cent lower in the EU in 2020 than it was in 2019. In Ireland it was just over 8 percent lower.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says the build up of Irish savings could result in a spending boom when Covid disappears.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: floodgates will open

9677: ECC ISSUES ADVISORY ON INTERNET HOLIDAYS
Thursday 13 May 2021
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The European Consumer Centre is advising the public to be conscious of intermediary websites when booking holidays online.

It says a growing number of sites facilitate bookings but do not have a working contract with the advertised brand name.

Dr. Cyril Sullivan is Director of the European Consumer Centre in Ireland.

He says consumers should always read the terms and conditions options before committing payment so as they know their legal rights. 

Interviewee: Cyril Sullivan | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: where you stand

9678: IRISH RETAIN HIGH TRUST IN DOMESTIC AND EU INSTITUTIONS
Wednesday 12 May 2021
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Irish people are bucking a trend in Europe which has seen trust in institutions plummet since the start of the COVID pandemic.

Although confidence here in the EU and the Irish Government has dropped slightly in 15 months, we are still giving both institutions some of the highest approval ratings in Europe.

A survey by Dublin-based 'Eurofound' also reveals that Ireland has the highest percentage of residents who intend to get vaccinated at 76% compared to 60% for all western Member States.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission Representation in Ireland says holistic measures are needed to ensure faith in institutions remains high.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: to the pandemic

9676: NEW STRATEGY AIMS TO INCREASE IRISH EMPLOYMENT IN EU INSTITUTIONS
Friday 07 May 2021
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The Government is to spend €4 million on a new strategy aimed at securing more Irish employment positions in EU institutions.

The plan is designed to ensure that Irish applicants are more successful at entry-level competitions.

Ireland and Denmark have the lowest number of employees per capita working in the EU Commission.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission Representation in Ireland says part of the strategy will see, among other things, a major increase in scholarships to attend the prestigious College of Europe.



Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: Natolin in Poland

9675: IRELAND SUFFERED ONE OF THE LARGEST FALLS IN EU MALE EMPLOYMENT IN 2020
Thursday 06 May 2021
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The percentage of men in employment in Ireland last year saw one of the largest decreases in Europe.

The male employment rate here fell by 2.5% at the end of 2020 compared to the EU average of one per cent.

The rate of employment for women in Ireland was down by 1.3% compared to EU average of 0.4 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission in Ireland says Covid 19 lockdowns clearly impacted on employment activity here last year.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 13 seconds | Outwords: and public entities

9674: IRISH POPULATION INCREASE PROJECTED TO BE ONE OF THE LARGEST IN EUROPE
Wednesday 05 May 2021
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Ireland is expected to experience one of the largest population increases in the whole of Europe by 2050.

New figures from Eurostat show that the number of people living here is expected to grow by 20 per cent over the next 30 years.

The average age of the Irish population will increase from 45 to 49.1 years by 2050.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission in Ireland says the population of Dublin is expected to expand by 250,000 during the same period.

Interviewee: Tim Hayes | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: to six years