EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:47:20 GMT <![CDATA[Irish coding students invited to develop societal 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 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.

<![CDATA[40 per cent of Irish parents care for children under three years of age]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[ECC Ireland advises holiday makers to book package deals]]>
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.

<![CDATA[Irish self-employed worst affected in the EU by Covid]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish among lowest users of EU online dispute resolution service]]>
The web portal allows consumers to make official complaints where a dispute arises from purchasing goods online elsewhere in the EU.

Ireland ranks fourth from bottom out of 27 member States for usage of the process.

Cyril Sullivan of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says the service is free and easy to use, but people here don't seem to know about it.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish online shoppers buy more 'green' products than most Europeans]]>
An EU Commission survey of online shopping habits during last year’s COVID pandemic has revealed that 79% of Irish consumers bought environmentally-friendly products as much as they could.

The Irish figure way exceeds the EU average of 67 per cent.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says Irish online shoppers are upholding our reputation as a 'green' nation.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland joins Schengen Security Information System]]>
Ireland has joined the EU Schengen Information System which will see information on crime exchanged with other member States.

The system helps make Europe more secure by allowing police and border guards to log and share information on people and property related to criminal activity.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says the development will make it difficult for suspected criminals to move around Europe.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish top survey for shopping locally in 2020]]>
95% of us shopped in our locality, a figure that was the highest in the European Union.

Tim Hayes is from the European Commission in Ireland.

He says the survey revealed that among other things most Irish people will not make travel plans until Covid-19 is eradicated.
<![CDATA[Irish still among the most generous for humanitarian aid]]>
Irish people have emerged as one of the most supportive in Europe of the need to ensure that EU humanitarian aid goes to those people in the world less fortunate than them.

The survey found that 86% of Irish people said they were aware of the EU’s funding efforts, up from 75% in 2016.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says that 96% of Irish people want aid to the developing world to remain at current levels or even increase in the coming years.

Irish among most generous-hearted Europeans
Irish among most generous-hearted Europeans
Irish among most generous-hearted Europeans
Irish among most generous-hearted Europeans
<![CDATA[EU to provide share of one billion euro to Ireland for farmers and fishing fleet]]>
The five billion euro fund has been established to assist countries adversely affected by the British exit from the European Union.

Tim Hayes is from the European Commission office in Dublin.

He says Ireland is the biggest recipient of the fund in Europe.

<![CDATA[Commission to provide Cork Hospital with Covid-cleansing robot]]>
CUH is one of 31 hospitals across the EU to benefit from the device which is being funded by the European Commission.

The robot can disinfect a standard size patient room in 10 minutes by using harmless ultraviolet light.

Tim Hayes of the European Commission says the robot puts Cork University Hospital at the forefront of science in tackling the Coronavirus.]]>
<![CDATA[ECC reports growing consumer issues from websites outside Ireland]]>
A growing number of people are seeking refunds for holidays purchased with companies and airlines across the European Union.

Dr. Cyril Sullivan heads up the European Consumer Centre in Dublin.

He says his office can process most complaints and are willing to help.