EC Radio Ireland Reports http://www.ecradioireland.eu/ The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Thu, 21 Nov 2019 10:38:49 GMT <![CDATA[New EU deal will boost Irish exports to Singapore]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9475/
The European Union has agreed a deal with the south-east Asian state, which will help boost jobs and business here.

439 Irish companies export goods worth €600 million to Singapore which is our 8th biggest trading partner outside the European Union.

Gerry Kiely who is Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says this is great news for Irish exporters who trade with Singapore.]]>
<![CDATA[More and more people working right up to retirement age]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9471/
Figures from Eurostat show that in 2018, 65 per cent of men and 52 per cent of women aged 55 to 64 were working.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the combined figure for all adult men and women in Ireland working in this age bracket is slightly above the EU average.

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<![CDATA[Free WiFi for 16 Irish public spaces]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9473/
Under the WiFi4EU programme, they will receive vouchers worth €15,000 each with remaining funding coming from the respective local authorities.

The free WiFi hotspots are expected to go live next summer.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says public spaces in Cork and Laois are the biggest beneficiaries this time around.
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<![CDATA[Commission launches free European train travel scheme for 18-year olds]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9472/
Applicants must have been born in the year 2001, be EU citizens and be available to travel between April 1st and October 31st 2020 for a maximum period of 30 days.

Accommodation and food is not covered by the tickets and the deadline to apply is 11am on Thursday November 28th next.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says more details are available at HashtagDiscoverEU.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland is slightly above the EU average for car theft]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9469/
New figures from Eurostat reveal that 29 per cent fewer cars were stolen in 2017 than in 2010.

In Ireland, 114 cars were stolen per 100,000 inhabitants between 2015 and 2017.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission says that Luxembourg has the highest rate of car theft, whereas Denmark has the lowest.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland 5th from bottom for recycling plastic packaging]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9468/
New figures from Eurostat show that, at 31 per cent, we are fifth from bottom in the EU plastic packaging recycling league table.

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

She says Lithuania comes out first among the 28 member states as 74 per cent of plastic packaging is recycled there.  ]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland is slightly above the EU average for robberies]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9470/
New figures from Eurostat show that 46 robberies per 100,000 inhabitants were recorded here in 2017.

The figures show that one is more likely to be robbed in Belgium than any other EU State.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the least number of robberies in the EU happen in Hungary.]]>
<![CDATA[Percentage of Irish watching TV and video online one of highest in EU]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9466/
New figures from Eurostat show that 72 per cent on average across the EU use the internet to read newspaper sites. 56 per cent use the internet to listen to music while just 33 per cent go online to play video games.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says the percentage of Irish people watching TV and video online is one of the highest in the EU.]]>
<![CDATA[Almost four in ten Irish people with a disability struggle to pay bills]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9467/
This compares with 20 per cent of the population where no disability exists.

The Irish figures are above the EU average of 30 per cent, according to Eurostat.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Ireland is slightly out of line with the rest of Europe.

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<![CDATA[Dublin has third highest rate of young people of any EU capital]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9465/
New figures published today (Thursday) by Eurostat for UN World Cities Day show that just over 39 per cent of people in Dublin are aged 19 and younger. This is slightly behind the proportion of young people in Paris and Brussels.

European Commission spokesperson in Ireland, Grace Bolton, says the Irish figures reflect a baby boom at the turn of the Millennium. ]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland has EU's highest percentage of adults with childcare responsibilities]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9463/
The Irish figure is the highest in the EU and is well above the European average of 30 per cent. 

The figures also show that only 22 per cent of Irish people with children use formal childcare services which is the 6th lowest in the EU.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says Ireland is way behind the rest of Europe when it comes to the use of formal childcare services.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland 7th in EU Gender Equality Index]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9464/
Our dramatic rise between 2005 and 2017 has been hailed as one of the fastest according to the European Institute for Gender Equality.

Sweden tops the gender equality league table while Greece scored the lowest index rating.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says gender inequality in Ireland was most visible in the area of political power.]]>