EC Radio Ireland Reports http://www.ecradioireland.eu/ The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Thu, 04 Mar 2021 11:42:03 GMT <![CDATA[Irish women leaving it later in life to give birth]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9653/
This is the fourth highest average age in the EU after Italy, Spain and Luxembourg.

The trend is reflected in every country in Europe, where the average age for giving birth to a first child is now 29.4 years.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says later births here reflect a changing Irish society.]]>
<![CDATA[More Irish switch off 'mobile roaming' than other EU citizens]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9652/
A new survey from Eurobarometer shows that 52 per cent of Irish travellers switch off 'mobile roaming' compared to the EU average of just 34%. 

The rules which ensure that Irish people travelling in the EU can enjoy roaming without extra charges are now being extended until 2031.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says this is good news for Irish people who travel within the EU.]]>
<![CDATA[Retail sales in Ireland show third strongest increase in Europe]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9650/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[ECC issues advisory to Irish holiday makers]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9651/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland has 5th highest share of online buyers in the EU]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9649/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[EXCLUSIVE Return to normality post Covid 19 remains unknown]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9648/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[ECC Ireland advisory on Irish-flagged websites]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9647/
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.

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<![CDATA[Ireland sees fifth largest drop in commercial flights due to Covid]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9646/
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.

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<![CDATA[Proportion of Irish disabled people at risk of poverty is well above EU average]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9645/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish consumers who purchase goods online in the UK may have redress rights]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9644/
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.   

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<![CDATA[Ireland has highest rate of cannabis smokers in the EU]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9643/
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.]]>
<![CDATA[ECC issues advisory on buying 'green' products online]]> http://www.ecradioireland.eu/report/9640/
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.
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