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9410: Household electricity prices remain expensive in Ireland
Friday 24 May 2019
Ireland recorded the fifth highest increase in household electricity costs in Europe during 2018, according to new figures from Eurostat. Cost...
9408: Ten Irish Local Authorities win free EU Wi-Fi grants
Thursday 23 May 2019
Ten local authorities around Ireland are to roll out Wifi4EU hot spots in the coming months. In total 22 WIFI hotspots will...
9409: Ireland recorded highest increase in household gas prices in 2018
Wednesday 22 May 2019
Ireland had the highest increase in household gas prices in the entire European Union during 2018. New figures from Eurostat show that...
8409: Most young Irish people leave home at 26 years of age
Thursday 16 May 2019
The average age at which an Irish person now leaves home to live independently is 26 according to figures from Eurostat. The figure...
8408: Cap put on phone and text costs across the EU from today
Wednesday 15 May 2019
There's good news for people who make regular phone calls to other EU countries. From today (Wednesday), consumers calling from their...
8410: BREAKING NEWS European Commission investigates competition within Irish car insurance market
Tuesday 14 May 2019
The European Commission is investigating potential irregularities in the Irish car insurance market. It is examining whether Insurance Ireland is preventing continental insurance providers...

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9410: HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICITY PRICES REMAIN EXPENSIVE IN IRELAND
Friday 24 May 2019
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Ireland recorded the fifth highest increase in household electricity costs in Europe during 2018, according to new figures from Eurostat.

Cost increases were highest in Cyprus, where they rose by 19.6 per cent last year. Household electricity remains cheapest in former Soviet bloc countries that are now members of the EU.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says that household electricity costs in Ireland are the fourth highest among the 28 EU Member States.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 14 seconds | Outwords: Lithuania and Bulgaria

9408: TEN IRISH LOCAL AUTHORITIES WIN FREE EU WI-FI GRANTS
Thursday 23 May 2019
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Ten local authorities around Ireland are to roll out Wifi4EU hot spots in the coming months.

In total 22 WIFI hotspots will be funded in Galway, Kilkenny, Leitrim, Meath, Monaghan, Roscommon, Sligo, South Dublin, Westmeath and Wicklow.

Under the scheme, the successful local authorities will receive EU Commission grants worth €15,000 each to install wi-fi transmitters in public urban areas.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says once installed, members of the public in these areas will be able to access high quality free wi-fi.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: free quality wi-fi

9409: IRELAND RECORDED HIGHEST INCREASE IN HOUSEHOLD GAS PRICES IN 2018
Wednesday 22 May 2019
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Ireland had the highest increase in household gas prices in the entire European Union during 2018.

New figures from Eurostat show that prices here increased by 17. 3 per cent last year.

In Croatia, household gas costs fell by 2.5 per cent while in Germany, the cost decreased by 0.2 per cent.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission Office in Ireland says when the average cost per unit is taken into account, Ireland is the 8th most expensive country in the European Union to purchase household gas.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 15 seconds | Outwords: is the cheapest

8409: MOST YOUNG IRISH PEOPLE LEAVE HOME AT 26 YEARS OF AGE
Thursday 16 May 2019
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The average age at which an Irish person now leaves home to live independently is 26 according to figures from Eurostat.

The figure is slightly above the EU average of 25.6 years of age.

Sweden records the youngest average age at which people leave their parents' home - 18.5 years old.

Grace Bolton from the European Commission office in Ireland says young Nordic people lead the way when it comes to independent living.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 17 seconds | Outwords: years of age

8408: CAP PUT ON PHONE AND TEXT COSTS ACROSS THE EU FROM TODAY
Wednesday 15 May 2019
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There's good news for people who make regular phone calls to other EU countries.

From today (Wednesday), consumers calling from their country to another EU Member State will pay a maximum of 19 cent per minute plus VAT.

The cost of sending text messages will be frozen at six cent each plus VAT.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Dublin says the move is aimed at reducing telecommunications costs within the European Union. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 21 seconds | Outwords: incurring excessive charges

8410: BREAKING NEWS EUROPEAN COMMISSION INVESTIGATES COMPETITION WITHIN IRISH CAR INSURANCE MARKET
Tuesday 14 May 2019
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The European Commission is investigating potential irregularities in the Irish car insurance market.

It is examining whether Insurance Ireland is preventing continental insurance providers from accessing the database of information used by Irish-based insurance companies.

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says if continental companies are facing unfair barriers, these need to be remedied so that Irish motorists can chose between a wider range of insurance providers, most likely at more competitive prices.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 19 seconds | Outwords: based, insurance providers

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