EC Radio Ireland Reports http://www.ecradioireland.eu/ The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Sun, 26 Jan 2020 05:48:11 GMT <![CDATA[Ireland records third biggest house-price fall in EU]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9496/
Figures just published by Eurostat show that Greece at 40 per cent and Romania at 27 per cent, recorded the largest decline in property prices.

Tim Hayes, political director with the EU Representation in Ireland, says the decline in Ireland is smaller as prices have recovered since the economic crash, but in the same period, rents have increased.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland records low EU prisoner rate]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9497/
New figures from Eurostat show that since 2000, there were 77 prisoners in Irish jails for every 100,000 of the population.

Finland recorded the lowest rate in the same period at 56 prisoners per 100,000 persons while Lithuania recorded the highest.

Jonathan Claridge of the European Commission office in Dublin says the Irish figure remains relatively low compared to the EU average.]]>
<![CDATA[One in ten Irish households struggle to pay utility bills]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9495/
New figures from Eurostat show that the Irish figures are, however, improving since the collapse of the economy in 2008.

The most punctual country in the EU for paying utility bills is the Netherlands with 99 per cent compliance.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says that while the Irish figures are quite high, there are people in other countries in the EU who are finding things even more difficult. ]]>
<![CDATA[Only half of Irish transport users aware of their rights]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9492/
Eurobarometer surveyed 30,000 transport users across Europe last year and found only fourteen per cent were specifically aware of their rights for air travel, eight per cent for rail, five per cent for coach and three per cent for travel by ship or ferry.

Jonathan Claridge of the European Commission office in Dublin says although the percentage of Irish passengers who know they have rights is higher than the European average, awareness is still very low.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland has low hospital-stay rate]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9493/
New figures from Eurostat show that the average length of a hospital stay for in-patients is 4.5 days in the Netherlands, 5.3 days in Bulgaria and 5.5 days in Denmark.

The average hospital stay in Ireland is 6 days.

Jonathan Claridge of the European Commission office in Dublin says people stay longest in hospital in Hungary.

In 2017 among the EU Member States, the average length of a hospital stay for in-patients ranged from 4.5 days in the Netherlands, 5.3 days in Bulgaria and 5.5 days (2016 data) in Denmark to 9.1 days in France, 9.6 days in Czechia and 9.8 days in Hungary. Ireland = 5.7 days
In 2017 among the EU Member States, the average length of a hospital stay for in-patients ranged from 4.5 days in the Netherlands, 5.3 days in Bulgaria and 5.5 days (2016 data) in Denmark to 9.1 days in France, 9.6 days in Czechia and 9.8 days in Hungary. Ireland = 5.7 days
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<![CDATA[EU President to meet An Taoiseach in Dublin today]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9494/
She will hold talks with An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and will be guest of honour tonight at a formal dinner.

President Von Der Leyen is here following an invitation from the Government.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says her talks with the Taoiseach will focus on Brexit and the new EU Green Deal.]]>
<![CDATA[New EU rules will bring greater transparency to buying goods online]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9489/
The new measures will also ensure compensation for victims of unfair commercial practices.

Tim Hayes is political officer with the European Commission office in Dublin.

He says among the new changes will be measures to prevent a person being commissioned to submit fake reviews of products bought online.]]>
<![CDATA[EU approves new car safety technologies]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9490/
The European Commission has approved new technologies which will be compulsory in all brand new cars sold within the EU.

Some of the measures are optional in new cars at present but will be compulsory from Summer '22.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says the technologies will help to reduce accidents and improve road safety. ]]>
<![CDATA[Irish are the most enthusiastic about EU membership]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9491/
A new Eurobarometer Report shows that 63 per cent of Irish people have a positive image of the EU.

The EU average is 42 per cent with the share lowest in Greece and the Czech Republic at 31 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission office in Dublin says Irish people fully understand the benefits of being in the European Union.

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<![CDATA[New EU rules to simplify mobile phone and internet contract terms and price comparisons]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9486/
They'll be offered clearer written comparisons on internet speeds, call costs and termination conditions before signing on the dotted line.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Dublin says the new measures will be a win-win for buyers.]]>
<![CDATA[EU funding granted to save Corncrake from Irish extinction]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9488/
Numbers of the birds - which are related to moorhens and coots but live on dry land - have declined in rural Ireland by 85 per cent since 1978.

The Government is adding an additional €1.6 million for conservation programmes in counties Donegal, Mayo and Galway.

Gerry Kiely, Head of EU Representation in Ireland, says the funding is vital for the survival of the Corncrake.  ]]>
<![CDATA[One in three Irish births are delivered by caesarean section]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9487/
New figures from Eurostat show that 32 per cent of live births in Ireland are delivered by caesarean.

This is a higher rate than Germany on 30 per cent and the UK on 28 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission says that Cyprus has the highest rate of live births delivered by caesarean section in the EU.]]>