EC Radio Ireland Reports The latest EC Radio Ireland Reports en-gb Copyright 2016, European Commission. All rights reserved. Tue, 19 Oct 2021 23:45:36 GMT <![CDATA[Irish inflation rate jumps sharply]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[ECC advises Irish people to book package holidays]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish people prefer semi-detached houses to flats]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland had third highest share of people working from home during 2020]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish high on the list of older internet users]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Ireland has lowest divorce rate in EU]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish are the second best money savers in the EU]]>
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.

<![CDATA[ECC issues advisory on internet holidays]]>
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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Irish retain high trust in domestic and EU institutions]]>
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.

<![CDATA[New strategy aims to increase Irish employment 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.

<![CDATA[Ireland suffered one of the largest falls in EU male employment in 2020]]>
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.]]>
<![CDATA[Irish population increase projected to be one of the largest in Europe]]>
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.