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9433: One in two journeys by Irish people are outside the State
Friday 19 July 2019
48 per cent of all journeys taken by Irish people are trips abroad. New figures from Eurostat show that the average length...
9432: Commission forces Airbnb to change online practice
Thursday 18 July 2019
Airbnb has been forced to become more transparent after coming under pressure from the European Commission. The high profile accommodation website has...
9434: Irish placed third in Europe for air travel
Wednesday 17 July 2019
Irish people are the third biggest users of air transport in the European Union. New figures from Eurostat show that 43 per...
9431: Ireland, second most popular employment destination for EU citizens
Friday 12 July 2019
Ireland is now the second most popular destination for employees from elsewhere within the European Union. New figures from Eurostat show that...
9430: Ireland has EU’s second most expensive creche fees for under 3s
Thursday 11 July 2019
Ireland is now the second most expensive country in the EU for crèche places for children under the age of three. New figures...
9429: Ireland has highest proportion of under-fives in the EU
Wednesday 10 July 2019
Ireland’s long-standing baby boom means we now have the highest proportion of children under the age of five in the EU. New...

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9433: ONE IN TWO JOURNEYS BY IRISH PEOPLE ARE OUTSIDE THE STATE
Friday 19 July 2019
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48 per cent of all journeys taken by Irish people are trips abroad.

New figures from Eurostat show that the average length of stay outside the State by Irish people is 4.6 nights.

98.3 per cent of people in Luxembourg travel outside their own small State, while only six per cent of Romanians venture outside their own country.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission Office in Ireland says weather may influence why people travel beyond their own borders.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: of trips taken

9432: COMMISSION FORCES AIRBNB TO CHANGE ONLINE PRACTICE
Thursday 18 July 2019
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Airbnb has been forced to become more transparent after coming under pressure from the European Commission.

The high profile accommodation website has been heavily criticised for misleading users over hidden charges, but the latest changes will ensure that consumers are not misled when booking rooms.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission Office in Ireland says one of the key changes for Airbnb is to provide the total price of purchases in the search results page. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 18 seconds | Outwords: in a hotel

9434: IRISH PLACED THIRD IN EUROPE FOR AIR TRAVEL
Wednesday 17 July 2019
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Irish people are the third biggest users of air transport in the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that 43 per cent of us fly when we travel, putting us behind Malta on 63 and Cyprus on 49 per cent.

Grace Bolton, Head of Press for the European Commission in Ireland, says it’s not surprising that the top three countries for air travel are islands.

She also says the figures show that four out of every five journeys in Ireland are made by car.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: eighty per cent

9431: IRELAND, SECOND MOST POPULAR EMPLOYMENT DESTINATION FOR EU CITIZENS
Friday 12 July 2019
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Ireland is now the second most popular destination for employees from elsewhere within the European Union.

New figures from Eurostat show that 12.8 per cent of all workers here are from another EU country - three times the EU average.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says however that Luxembourg attracts more employees from outside the EU than any other State in the European Union. 

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 16 seconds | Outwords: from another country

9430: IRELAND HAS EU’S SECOND MOST EXPENSIVE CRECHE FEES FOR UNDER 3S
Thursday 11 July 2019
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Ireland is now the second most expensive country in the EU for crèche places for children under the age of three.

New figures from an EU Commission study show that the average crèche cost for this age group is €771 per month, that's around €440 less than the UK cost.

In countries like Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, childcare is completely subsidised by government, with parents paying only for their children's meals.  

Grace Bolton of the EU Commission office in Ireland says crèche fees are expensive here because the Government leaves it to the market to determine costs.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: a family's income

9429: IRELAND HAS HIGHEST PROPORTION OF UNDER-FIVES IN THE EU
Wednesday 10 July 2019
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Ireland’s long-standing baby boom means we now have the highest proportion of children under the age of five in the EU.

New figures from Eurostat show that at 8.3 per cent of the overall population - or 398,000 children – are pre-schoolers.

Grace Bolton of the European Commission office in Ireland says while Ireland currently occupies the top spot, Italy is at the bottom.

Interviewee: Grace Bolton | Clip duration: 0 minutes 20 seconds | Outwords: aged under five

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