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Report Number: 1482 Date: 21/10/2014

Title:
EU Irish Flight Rights

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Consumer Centre is reminding Irish airline passengers that they have rights if their flights are cancelled.

The reminder comes after German airline Lufthansa cancelled 12 flights out of Dublin due to industrial action by its Pilots union.

Grace Duffy of the European Consumer Centre says under EU law, passengers are obliged to be looked after in the event of a flight being cancelled.

Interviewee:
Grace Duffy

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
with overnight accomodation

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Report Number: 1481 Date: 19/10/2014

Title:
EU Irish Economic Policy Seminar

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 7am Monday October 20th)

A major public forum on European Economic Policy takes place later this evening at Dublin City University.

Titled "What's in it for Ireland"? it will focus on new EU governance rules and how they impact on the Irish economy.

The free event takes place in the Nursing Building at DCU starting at 6.30pm and members of the public are invited to attend and ask questions.

Barbara Nolan of the EU office in Dublin says a top class panel will explain how EU policy benefits the Irish economy.

Interviewee:
Barbara Nolan

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
the Sunday Independent

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Report Number: 1480 Date: 16/10/2014

Title:
EU Irish Economic Policy Seminar

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
( Embargo: 7am Friday October 17th)

A major conference on European Economic Policy takes place on Monday night at Dublin City University.

Titled "What's in it for Ireland"? it will focus on new EU governance rules and how they impact on the Irish economy.

The event takes place in the Nursing Building at DCU starting at 6.30pm and members of the public are invited to attend with free admission.

Guest speakers will include economist Dan O'Brien from the Institute of International and European Affairs, Brian Hayes MEP and Dr. Jane Suiter of DCU.

Barbara Nolan of the EU office in Dublin says the seminars are proving popular and informative.

Interviewee:
Barbara Nolan

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
questions as well

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Report Number: 1479 Date: 14/10/2014

Title:
EU Irish Website Warning

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Consumer Centre is warning people to get advice when making payments on websites when alternatives make no charges at all.

The Centre says there has been a 12 per cent increase in complaints during the past 12 months from people who have been charged for things like visas and health insurance cards.

Grace Duffy of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says if in doubt, the applicant should also contact the umbrella body of the respective sector to enquire if the website is genuine.

Interviewee:
Grace Duffy

Duration:
0 minutes 17 seconds

Out-words:
the official channel

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Report Number: 1478 Date: 10/10/2014

Title:
EU Irish Code Week

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Tomorrow marks the start of EU Code week which continues until October 17th.

A number of events are taking place around the Country where people learn the skill of computer coding.

Ireland has the second highest number of of activities in the European Union over the next seven days to highlight the benefits of learning computer code.

EU coding Ambassador Julie Cullen from Drogheda, says the classes have seen a significant increase in the number of girls learning computer coding.

Interviewee:
Julie Cullen

Duration:
0 minutes 22 seconds

Out-words:
in computer programming

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Report Number: 1477 Date: 9/10/2014

Title:
EU Hurling Project

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Four GAA players, two male and two female, are in England this weekend to take part in a unique international scientific experiment.

Scientists in Oxford will use new EU-funded technology to record the body movements involved while playing Gaelic football, hurling and camogie.

The science will assists future players of the sport how to develop skills in the respective disciplines.

Caoimhe Costello of Adare Camogie Club in Limerick who is participating in the project, says this is a new approach to perfecting hurling skills.

Interviewee:
Caoimhe Costello

Duration:
0 minutes 15 seconds

Out-words:
2014, use hurleys

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Report Number: 1476 Date: 7/10/2014

Title:
EU Irish Economic Policy

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 7am Wednesday October 8th)

A major conference on European Economic Policy takes place tonight in Ennis County Clare.

Titled "What's in it for Ireland"? it will focus on new EU governance rules and how they impact on the Irish economy.

The event takes place in the Glor Theatre Building starting at 6.30pm and members of the public are invited to attend with free admission.

Guest speakers will include economist Seamus Coffey of UCC and Patrick O'Riordan of the European Commission.

Dr. Stephen Kinsella from the University of Limerick who will also speak, says he'll be telling those in attendance that despite some policies, EU membership is good for Ireland.

Interviewee:
Dr. Stephen Kinsella

Duration:
0 minutes 22 seconds

Out-words:
thing for Ireland

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Report Number: 1475 Date: 7/10/2014

Title:
EU Irish Trafficking Commitment

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The Government has been asked to give greater commitment in tackling the issue of people trafficking.

The trafficking of people is where individuals are moved from one country to another and exploited for money as opposed to peoplel smuggling where individuals are assisted in emigrating for a better life.

The European anti-trafficking co-ordinator Myria Vassiliadou who is in Dublin today, says more needs to be done to tackle what is becoming a major humanitarian problem.

Interviewee:
Myria Vassiliadou

Duration:
0 minutes 21 seconds

Out-words:
doing exactly that

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Report Number: 1474 Date: 7/10/2014

Title:
EU Irish UK Referendum

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The Former President of the European Parliament says it's in Ireland's best interest that the United Kingdom stays in the European Union.

The UK Government is to hold a referendum on staying in the EU in 2017.

The UK is Ireland's biggest trading partner while this country is the UK's sixth biggest market.

Speaking at an EU Commission function in Dublin this morning, former European Parliament President Pat Cox said it's in both countries best interests that the UK remains part of the EU.

Interviewee:
Pat Cox

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
the British in

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Report Number: 1473 Date: 3/10/2014

Title:
EU Irish SMEs Review

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
SMEs in Ireland need expanded access to finance.

That's one of the key findings of the annual SME Performance review published by the EU Commission today.

Access to finance remains an issue in Ireland despite the fact that 70% of employment in the private sector is created by small and medium-sized enterprises, according to Ciara Eustace of the European Commission Office in Dublin

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 14 seconds

Out-words:
expanded in Ireland

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Report Number: 1472 Date: 1/10/2014

Title:
EU Economic Seminar

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 7am Thursday October 2nd)

A major conference on European Economic Policy takes place tonight at Maynooth College in County Kildare.

Titled "What's in it for Ireland"? it will focus on new EU governance rules and how they impact on the Irish economy.

The event takes place in the John Hume Building starting at 6.30 and members of the public are invited to attend.

Barbara Nolan, who is Head of the EU Representation in Ireland, says a number of prominent economists will explain the economic path ahead for Ireland in the years to come.

Interviewee:
Barbara Nolan

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
the Irish economy

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Report Number: 1471 Date: 30/9/2014

Title:
EU Fruit & Veg Financial Package

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Commission is making €165 million available to fruit and veg producers who are suffering income loss due to the Russian ban on importing certain agricultural products.

The money is an addition to the €125 million made available by the EC to producers in August in order to withdraw surplus supply.

Roger Waite is spokesperson for outgoing Agriculture Commisioner Dacian Ciolos.

He says numerous Irish fruit and Veg producers are likely to benefit from this package.

Interviewee:
Roger Waite

Duration:
0 minutes 16 seconds

Out-words:
eligible for this

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Report Number: 1470 Date: 25/9/2014

Title:
EU Researcher's Night

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 7am Friday September 26th)

Tonight is European Researchers' Night.

Scientific events are taking place in several hundred cities all across Europe.

A number of free events are taking place in Trinity College and at the Royal College of Surgeons on St. Stephen's Green.

According to Dr. Shane McGuinness from the Department of Geography at Trinity College, a number of events on biodiversity will also take place at EU House on Dawson St. Dublin between today and Monday next.

Interviewee:
Dr. Shane McGuinness

Duration:
0 minutes 18 seconds

Out-words:
do for us

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Report Number: 1469 Date: 24/9/2014

Title:
EU Ploughing Invite

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 7am Thursday 25th September)

Today is the final day of competitions at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratherniska Co. Laois.

Over 124,000 people attended the event yesterday making it a record for day two.

Barbara Nolan is Head of the EU Representation in Ireland.

She is inviting visitors to the Ploughing to attend the European Union stand so they can learn of the extraordinary benefits that EU membership has brought to this Country.

Interviewee:
Barbara Nolan

Duration:
0 minutes 17 seconds

Out-words:
things we're doing

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Report Number: 1468 Date: 21/9/2014

Title:
EU Ploughing Stand

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 7am Monday September 22nd)

Farmers across the Country are being invited to attend the EU stand at the National Ploughing Championships which get underway tomorrow (Tuesday) at Ratheniska, Stradbally, County Laois.

Close on 300,000 visitors attended the event last year making it the largest of its kind in the World.

According to Alicia O'Rourke of the EU Office in Dublin, a number of exhibits for children and in particular farmers, will be on display at Stand number 297.

Interviewee:
Alicia O'Rourke

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
and automated milking

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Report Number: 1467 Date: 18/9/2014

Title:
EU Dublin Culture Night

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Tonight is Culture Night and free events are taking place at over 900 venues around the Country.

In Dublin, one of the many highlights will be an evening of music and photographic images from Italy which takes place at the EU office 18 Dawson st. Dublin 2 commencing at 6.00pm.

Ciara Eustace of the European Commission office in Dublin says the night will be all things Italian.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
the European Union

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Report Number: 1466 Date: 18/9/2014

Title:
EU Major Grant for Shannon Company

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
A company based in County Clare looks set to revolutionise the process of DNA testing.

Altra-Tech which operates from Shannon is developing a 30-minute DNA testing kit which will reduce waiting times by up to six days.

It is one of 10 Irish companies to receive €50,000 under the new EU SME Instrument fund which was created by outgoing Innovation Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn.

Tim Cummins of Altra-Tech says his invention will revolutionise DNA testing particularly in the area of food.

Interviewee:
Tim Cummins

Duration:
0 minutes 20 seconds

Out-words:
shops and supermarkets

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Report Number: 1465 Date: 17/9/2014

Title:
EU Digital Agri Grants

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The South East Business Innovation Centre is making €4 million available in grants for new internet technologies for the agri-food sector.

The money is part of an EU programme worth €80 million to SMEs.

Up to €100,000 per successful applicant will be granted to SMEs that innovate new digital applications that will benefit farmers and the agri-food sector.

The South East Business Innovation Centre in Waterford is seeking applications for the grants no later than November 15th.

Spokesperson Carole Thurston says all applications will be closely considered.

Interviewee:
Carole Thurston

Duration:
0 minutes 18 seconds

Out-words:
and business development

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Report Number: 1464 Date: 17/9/2014

Title:
EU DCU HPV Virus Detection Device

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Scientists at Dublin City University are close to developing the most advanced device in the World for the detection of the HPV virus.

HPV is the most common cause of sexually transmitted infection in Ireland and is responsible for up to 70 deaths per year in Ireland.

The new detection device is being grant-aided by €2.5 million across several laboratories under the EU Framework 7 programme.

Professor Collette McDonagh of the Physics Department in DCU, says the new device when fully developed, will assist greatly in tackling cervical cancer.

Interviewee:
Professor Colette McDonagh

Duration:
0 minutes 12 seconds

Out-words:
for cervical cancer

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Report Number: 1463 Date: 10/9/2014

Title:
EU Limerick Man Gets Major Promotion

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The Head of Press and Media at the EU office in Dublin is to head up the Cabinet of Agriculture Commissioner designate Phil Hogan.

Peter Power, a native of Kilmeedy Co. Limerick, will have the support of over 1,000 staff in the administration of EU agriculture policy over the next five years.

He has originally worked for EU commissioners Peter Mandelson and Chris Patten in Brussels.

Peter Power says there are a number of challenges facing agriculture and rural life in the coming years.

Interviewee:
Peter Power

Duration:
0 minutes 22 seconds

Out-words:
impact on farming

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Report Number: 1462 Date: 10/9/2014

Title:
EU Irish Commissioner (Alt)

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Former Environment Minister Phil Hogan has been formally nominated to be the next EU Agriculture Commissioner.

The proposed appointment of the former Fine Gael TD for Carlow/Kilkenny was confirmed in Brussels this morning by the new President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

His nomination will have to be ratified in the coming weeks by members of the European Parliament.

Phil Hogan says that if he is approved for the position, one of his main priorities will be food security and stable income for farmers across the European Union.

Interviewee:
Phil Hogan

Duration:
0 minutes 18 seconds

Out-words:
the year ahead

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Report Number: 1461 Date: 10/9/2014

Title:
EU Irish Commissioner

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Phil Hogan has been formally nominated by the President of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to be the next EU Commissioner for Agriculture.

However his appointment will require ratification by MEPs in the European Parliament in the coming weeks.

The position is one of the most senior in the EU Commission with the Agriculture Budget worth over €60 billion between now and 2020.

Phil Hogan says this is a huge honour thanks in the main to the Taoiseach.

Interviewee:
Phil Hogan

Duration:
0 minutes 14 seconds

Out-words:
important economic portfolio

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Report Number: 1460 Date: 10/9/2014

Title:
Attention Stations

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Attention stations:

Quality audio of Phil Hogan will be issued within the next hour.

Interviewee:
Phil Hogan

Duration:
0 minutes 1 seconds

Out-words:
the next hour

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Report Number: 1459 Date: 8/9/2014

Title:
EU Irish Environment Attitudes

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
94 per cent of Irish people say protection of the environment is important to them.

That's one of the key findings from a new Eurobar survey published today.

In the same survey, 59 per cent of those questioned across Europe say local authorities should favour environmentally-friendly considerations over cost when making planning decisions.

EU spokesperson Joe Hennon says Irish attitudes on environmental matters differ somewhat to our European counterparts.

Interviewee:
Joe Hennon

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
concerned about waste

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Report Number: 1458 Date: 3/9/2014

Title:
EU Irish Disabled Project

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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A major project is underway across Europe to determine which third-level education institutions are easily accessible for students with disabilities.

The massive project is being conducted in 37 countries with the aim of making it easy and convenient for disabled students to select an appropriate college to further their education.

Conor O'Callaghan from Dundalk is part of the Erasmus Student Network which is doing an audit of Irish colleges.

He says the objectives of the Mapability project for disabled students is simple.

Interviewee:
Conor O'Callaghan

Duration:
0 minutes 14 seconds

Out-words:
facilities in place

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Report Number: 1457 Date: 3/9/2014

Title:
EU Galway Scientists Diabetes Treatment

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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A team of scientists at NUI Galway are at the forefront of finding a cure for six complications attached to Type 2 diabetes.

The 'Reddstar' and 'Dexlife' projects co-ordinated by NUIG and DCU which are EU-funded under the Framework 7 fund, will put a possible treatment to trial in Denmark next year.

Danielle Nicholson of Orbsen Therapeutics in NUIG says a public meeting to highlight the dangers of diabetes will take place in Galway next Tuesday.

Interviewee:
Danielle Nicholson

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
5.30 pm

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Report Number: 1456 Date: 3/9/2014

Title:
EU Fund for Farmers

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Commission is to make an additional €30 million available to the Common Agricultural Policy fund to assist farmers across the EU.

The funding is being made available to alleviate the impact of Russian restrictions against certain EU agricultural products arising from the conflict in Ukraine.

Speaking in Brussels this morning, Agricultural Commissioner Dacian Ciolos said the money is being made available through an EU crisis fund.

Interviewee:
Commissioner Dacian Ciolos

Duration:
0 minutes 17 seconds

Out-words:
will be kept

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Report Number: 1455 Date: 31/7/2014

Title:
EU Computer Coding Courses

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Commission is urging young Irish people to undertake a computer coding course over the next four weeks before returning to school.

Ireland is quickly becoming a leading country in Europe for teaching computer code.

The most popular course are those run by Whizz Kids.ie and Computer Explorers.ie

Julie Cullen from Drogheda is an advisor to Ms. Neelie Kroes, the EU Commissioner for the digital agenda.

She says the courses are relatively cheap but can open a world of opportunity.

Interviewee:
Julie Cullen

Duration:
0 minutes 14 seconds

Out-words:
for the week

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Report Number: 1454 Date: 30/7/2014

Title:
EU Ebola Disease Advice (correction)

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Union has donated an extra €2 million towards combatting the spread of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

That brings the total spend to €3.9 million.

Just under 700 people have died from the deadly virus this year with the bulk of the deaths in Sierra Leone and Liberia.

There is no vaccination or cure for the disease.

Frederic Vincent of the EU Health unit says Irish people intending to travel to western Africa should avoid the following actions.

Interviewee:
Frederic Vincent

Duration:
0 minutes 22 seconds

Out-words:
or Sierra Leone

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Report Number: 1453 Date: 30/7/2014

Title:
EU Galway Company Energy Initiative

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
A Galway company has been selected by the European Commission to undertake one of the biggest projects in europe to make all EU airports energy efficient.

"Enerit" Management is one of four companies from Germany, Serbia and Italy selected in a consortium to tackle energy loss initially at airports in Milan and Rome.

Supported by €2.6 million in EU funding, its CASCADE system will save the airports up to €840,000 per year.

Mike Brogan of Enerit says new advanced sensors will reveal where energy losses occur.

Interviewee:
Mike Brogan

Duration:
0 minutes 21 seconds

Out-words:
throughout the airport

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Report Number: 1452 Date: 23/7/2014

Title:
EU Bank Account Right

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 7am Thursday July 24th)

All EU citizens across the 28 member States will now have the Right in law to open a bank account.

While taken for granted in Ireland, up to 58 million citizens over the age of 15 across other EU countries have had difficulty opening accounts due to literacy, financial or character issues.

Alicia O'Rourke of the EU office in Dublin, says the Directive will benefit european citizens and traders.

Interviewee:
Alicia O'Rourke

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
option if necessary

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Report Number: 1451 Date: 23/7/2014

Title:
EU Holiday Rights

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Commission is reminding consumers that if they book their holidays with an EU-based operator, they will have certain rights in the event of that business going bust.

Large numbers of Irish people will take foreign holidays in the coming weeks unaware of their EU consumer rights.

Alicia O'Rourke of the EU Office in Dublin says in the event of a holiday operator going out of business, consumers have the right to obtain a refund.

Interviewee:
Alicia O'Rourke

Duration:
0 minutes 17 seconds

Out-words:
their packages online

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Report Number: 1450 Date: 23/7/2014

Title:
EU Energy-Saving Target

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Consumers look set to benefit from new energy-saving electrical appliances in the next ten years.

The European Commission has announced plans to increase energy-saving targets by as much as 30 per cent over the next 16 years.

The measures will reduce energy costs by €465 per household or just under €10 per week by 2020.

EU Commission spokesperson Sabine Berger says the savings target will be achieved through a number of ways.

Interviewee:
Sabine Berger

Duration:
0 minutes 22 seconds

Out-words:
area of transport

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Report Number: 1449 Date: 16/7/2014

Title:
EU Food Commitment

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Commission is insisting that its strict rules on food standards will not be weakened as part of a new trade deal with the US.

The proposed deal which should be completed next year, is expected to be worth €119 billion per year to the European Union.

Despite talk of relaxed rules on GM food production, Peter Power of the European Commission, says the ban on hormone-treated meat for example, will definitely remain in place.

Interviewee:
Peter Power

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
or animal welfare

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Report Number: 1448 Date: 16/7/2014

Title:
EU Childhood Obesity Study

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
A new EU survey has found that food policies for children in schools vary from one extreme to another across the European Union.

Ireland has the fifth highest rate of childhood obesity in the European Union and is second behind Britain when it comes to adult figures.

The EU-wide study also found that food and drink vending machines in schools are only restricted in 14 countries.

Ciara Eustace of the European Commission says the study shows that where good eating habits are established for children, it brings many benefits in later life.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
preventing childhood obesity

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Report Number: 1447 Date: 16/7/2014

Title:
EU Irish Childcare Concerns

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Childcare in Ireland costs 40 per cent more than the EU average.

A recent Eurostat survey says that parents in Ireland now bear almost the entire cost of minding children directly unlike other EU countries where State support is significant.

Barbara Nolan, who heads up the EU Commission office in Dublin, says the failure to address childcare costs is preventing more and more women from gaining access to the workplace.

Interviewee:
Barbara Nolan

Duration:
0 minutes 14 seconds

Out-words:
the minimum wage

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Report Number: 1446 Date: 14/7/2014

Title:
EU Online Gambling Proposals

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Commission has taken steps to address the problems of online gambling.

It is proposing that consumers are provided with sufficient information to understand the risks related to gambling.

They are calling for sponsorship to to be carried out in a responsible way and they want EU States to ensure that minors are not able to gamble online.

Peter Power of the EU Office in Dublin says the Commission is determined to address the pitfalls of internet gambling.

Interviewee:
Peter Power

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
unknown to themselves

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Report Number: 1445 Date: 10/7/2014

Title:
EU Irish Erasmus Programme

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Just over 6,000 students visited Ireland in 2012/2013 under the Erasmus exchange programme, according to new figures out today.

The figure marks a nine per cent increase on 2011/2012 figure.

2,762 Irish students took advantage of the opportunity to study or train abroad during the same period with France being the most popular destination.

Erasmus Ambassador Jessica Gough from Dungarvan Co. Waterford, says Erasmus student-exchange programmes are a brilliant way to make new friends and learn more about a fellow EU State.

Interviewee:
Jessica Gough

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
in the programme

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Report Number: 1444 Date: 9/7/2014

Title:
EU Seeks Innovation Ideas (Maire Geoghegan Quinn)

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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€1.2 billion is being made available to Irish and EU innovators who submit ideas over the next 12 months that will benefit humanity.

Ideas such as cures for eye problems to hydrogen-fuelled cars are being sought.

Ideas can be submitted to the Horizon 20/20 initiative which will make €22 billion available for public and private investment over the next six years.

Irish EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn says the money for research is there but insists that it's new ideas that are required.

Interviewee:
Maire Geoghegan-Quinn

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
generation of anti-biotics

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Report Number: 1443 Date: 9/7/2014

Title:
EU Seeks Innovation Ideas

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Commission and member states such as Ireland, have issued their first calls for innovative ideas and projects which will be funded under the Horizon 20/20 initiative.

€1.12 billion in public funding, which will be matched by private investment, is available for projects ranging from health advancement to hydrogen-powered cars.

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says the fact that the overall budget has increased to €22 billion reflects the importance being attached to scientific advancement.

Interviewee:
Jose Manuel Barroso

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
this coming year

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Report Number: 1442 Date: 2/7/2014

Title:
EU Irish Waste Management Stats

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Irish people make more of an effort to reduce household waste compared to any other country in the EU.

That's the latest finding from a Eurobar survey on waste management published today.

However there's been an 18 per cent increase in the number of Irish people wasting 15 per cent or more of the food they buy each week.

Olivia Crinion of the EU office in Dublin, says Irish people are amongst the most waste-conscious in Europe.

Interviewee:
Olivia Crinion

Duration:
0 minutes 22 seconds

Out-words:
in their area

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Report Number: 1441 Date: 2/7/2014

Title:
EU Funds Foot-Arch Technology

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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A Sligo-based podiatrist is on the verge of developing a world-wide solution to the problem of collapsed foot arches.

Martin McGeough has invented the first 3-d printer application which creates successful supports for shoe insoles.

The project is funded under the EU Framework 7 project.

Martin McGeough says new technology is helping to revolutionise the problem.

Interviewee:
Martin McGeough

Duration:
0 minutes 14 seconds

Out-words:
make the shape

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Report Number: 1440 Date: 2/7/2014

Title:
EU Irish Green Waste Initiative (re-send)

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Commission has published its Green Energy initiative which it says could create 580,000 jobs across Europe over the next 15 years.

The Commission is proposing a 70% recycling target for municipal waste by 2030, an 80% packaging waste recycling target and the phasing out of landfilling all recoverable waste by 2030.

The amount of municipal waste generated in Ireland is above the EU average of 490kgs per person while the Irish rates of recycling and composting are above the EU average of 42%.

EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potochnik, says by greater application of the use, re-cycle and re-use principle, Europe will become waste free and the leading green economy in the World.

Interviewee:
Janez Potochnik

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
society without waste

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Report Number: 1439 Date: 25/6/2014

Title:
EU Motoring Rules App

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
There's good news today for anyone travelling across Europe this summer but don't know local motoring laws in various EU states.

The European Commission has just launched a new mobile phone app in 22 languages which provides information on differing rules of the road across the EU.

Alicia O'Rourke of the EU office in Dublin, says the application is a must for motorists who rent out vehicles in other EU countries.

Interviewee:
Alicia O'Rourke

Duration:
0 minutes 22 seconds

Out-words:
through this app

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Report Number: 1438 Date: 25/6/2014

Title:
EU Park and Pod Scheme

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Limerick City is to benefit from a new form of infrastructure in the coming months.

The City is to create a number of what are known as "Park and Picnic Pods."

The initiative is one of 19 projects around Europe that has benefitted from a new EU Sustainable Urban Mobility Campaign.

Limerick Smarter Travel project Manager Pat O'Neill says the new facilities will greatly enhance the re-generation programme in the City.

Interviewee:
Pat O'Neill

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
coming on stream

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Report Number: 1437 Date: 25/6/2014

Title:
EU Bone Treatment Project

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
A Roscommon doctor based in the US is on the verge of creating what could be a cure for osteoporosis.

Dr. Declan Devine who is based in the Mayo clinic in Minnesota on a fellowship from Athlone I.T., has developed what's known as cell-free scaffold treatment for use as bone graft substitute.

His research is funded by the EU/Marie Curie programme.

Dr. Devine says he is close to creating a natural replacement for soft human bone.

Interviewee:
Dr. Declan Devine

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
the hip does

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Report Number: 1436 Date: 18/6/2014

Title:
EU History Curriculum

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The EU Ambassador-designate to the U.S., says the European Union and all it stands for, is not capturing the attention of young people.

In a speech to be delivered in Dublin tonight, David O'Sullivan says young people seem to be taking the EU for granted and seem to be unaware of the peace and growth it has achieved.

David O'Sullivan, who is from Churchtown Dublin, says it would be an historic misfortune if the UK opted out of the EU.

He says more needs to be done in schools to teach the benefits of EU membership.

Interviewee:
David O'Sullivan

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
of the Continent

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Report Number: 1435 Date: 18/6/2014

Title:
EU Batteries Warning

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The EU Commissioner for Consumer Protection is warning parents to be vigilant about the dangers of button-sized batteries.

The warning comes following the deaths of young children who swallowed such batteries in Latvia, France and the UK.

Commissioner Neven Mimica indicated this morning that manufacturers will have to do more to make battery-operated toys more safe.

Interviewee:
Neven Mimica

Duration:
0 minutes 13 seconds

Out-words:
not well protected

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Report Number: 1434 Date: 18/6/2014

Title:
EU Sat Nav Competition

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The EU National Space Centre is seeking business ideas for satellite navigation applications.

The winning entry will represent Ireland in the Gallileo Masters European final in Berlin in October for a winning prize of €20,000.

Entries must be submitted to nationalspacecentre.eu before June 30th.

Linda Fitzpatrick of the National Space Centre in Mallow says the ideas being sought can cover a range of areas.

Interviewee:
Linda Fitzpatrick

Duration:
0 minutes 16 seconds

Out-words:
notifications, classic management

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Report Number: 1433 Date: 12/6/2014

Title:
EU Irish Public Transport Stats

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Only 9 per cent of Irish respondents are satisfied with the price of public transport.

That's one of the key findings in a new Eurobarometer survey which reveals that Ireland is bottom of the table for proximity to transport services.

31% of Irish respondents reported public transport services to be 10 to 30 minutes away from home while just 4% were more than 30 minutes to one hour away from public transport services.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says we are behind most EU states when it comes to usage and access to public transport.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 15 seconds

Out-words:
per cent in Luxembourg

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Report Number: 1432 Date: 11/6/2014

Title:
EU New Consumer Rights

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 7am Thursday June 12th)

New EU laws come in to effect at midnight which give consumers greater protection if they purchase goods on the internet within the European Union.

They include the right to quicker refunds, reduced from 30 days to 14 days.

Online traders will also be obliged to show total costs on screen rather than adding hidden ones to a credit or debit card bill.

Grace Duffy of the European Consumer Centre in Dublin says online consumer rights will improve at midnight tonight thanks to EU membership.

Interviewee:
Grace Duffy

Duration:
0 minutes 22 seconds

Out-words:
downloading process begins

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Report Number: 1431 Date: 11/6/2014

Title:
EU Award for Waterford IT

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Waterford IT has become the first Institute of Technology in Ireland to receive the "HR Excellence in Research" designation from the European Commission.

The Award means that researchers who attend WIT will receive the best third-level guidance in Ireland for career development.

Professor Willie Donnelly of WIT says this is a great boost for the Institute.

Interviewee:
Professor Willie Donnelly

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
their career development

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Report Number: 1430 Date: 11/6/2014

Title:
EU to Investigate Apple in Ireland

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Commission is to investigate the Irish Government's tax arrangements with Apple computers.

It follows recent commentary implying that certain companies based here enjoy privileged tax arrangements compared to other companies.

Speaking in Brussels this morning, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia saidthe Commission will simply investigate if Ireland's tax regime is fair to all companies.

Interviewee:
Joaquin Almunia

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
and non-discriminatory way

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Report Number: 1429 Date: 11/6/2014

Title:
EU Women in Sport

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
An EU conference in Helsinki tomorrow will be be told that women can achieve greater personal development by getting involved in sport.

According to a recent report from the Irish Sport monitor, 170,000 women volunteer in leisure activity each year.

However many observers believe that number should be doubled.

Susan Carty, Women's development manager with the International Rugby Board, says women have so much to benefit from by taking part in sport.

Interviewee:
Susan Carty

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
appropriate and attractive

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Report Number: 1428 Date: 10/6/2014

Title:
EU Innovation Commitment

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Commission is pledging its full support to EU member states to develop their respective scientific research and development sectors.

Ireland's spending on research and innovation is below the EU average of two per cent of GDP while the EU remains behind competitors like South Korea, Japan and the US.

Speaking in Brussels this morning, Innovation Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn said academia and business need to communicate better and the EU will, from now on, provide full back-up supports.

Interviewee:
Maire Geoghegan-Quinn

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
evaluation of impacts

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Report Number: 1427 Date: 6/6/2014

Title:
EU Energy Workshop (Cork)

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
A major workshop on energy efficiency for homes and commercial properties is taking place at the Nimbus Centre in Cork Institute of Technology today.

The event, which is part of EU Sustainable Energy Week, will provide information on the latest scientific developments on how to minimise consumption costs and bills.

David Hamilton of CIT in Cork says details on the very latest insulation technology will also be discussed.

Interviewee:
David Hamilton

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
within the building

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Report Number: 1426 Date: 5/6/2014

Title:
EU Irish e-Commerce Stats

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Irish people bought more goods online last year from neighbouring EU states than any other nationality in the European Union.

A study for the European Commission reveals that 24 per cent of Irish people bought goods from other member states through e-commerce compared to the EU average of just 12 per cent.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin, says Irish SMEs were also ahead of their european counterparts when it came to cross-border trading online.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 15 seconds

Out-words:
our EU conterparts

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Report Number: 1425 Date: 4/6/2014

Title:
EU Health Insurance Card

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The EU Commission is reminding people that if they go on holidays within europe this summer and need emergency health treatment, they can access same by carrying a special card.

The European health insurance card allows all EU citizens access to treatment in the 28 member states and a number of countries outside the European Union.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says Irish people need to possess the card in order to benefit from the priveledge it offers.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
www.ehic.ie

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Report Number: 1424 Date: 28/5/2014

Title:
EU Embassy Assistance

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The EU Commission is reminding people heading off on holidays this Summer that they can get assistance from any EU member-state embassy where an Irish one doesn't exist, if they find themselves in difficulty.

The assistance can vary from dealing with mislaid passports to a range of administrative matters.

Ciara Eustace of the EU Office in Dublin says the service is one of the benefits of EU membership.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
and expect assistance

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Report Number: 1423 Date: 28/5/2014

Title:
EU 3 O2 Deal

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Commission has approved the takeover of O2 Ireland by 3 Hutchison communications.

The move will mean that 3 will now have a 40 per cent share of the Irish mobile phone market.

Peter Power of the EU office in Dublin, says despite the takeover, the Irish mobile phone market will now be open to other competitors.

Interviewee:
Peter Power

Duration:
0 minutes 12 seconds

Out-words:
for the consumer

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Report Number: 1422 Date: 28/5/2014

Title:
EU Irish Debt

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The former President of the European Parliament says it's time for the EU Commission to look at breaking the link between Irish national and bank debt.

Pat Cox says the Irish case is a special one within the European Union.

Speaking at a conference in Dublin this morning he said the austerity measures imposed on the Irish people have been very severe.

Interviewee:
Pat Cox

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
been the case

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Report Number: 1421 Date: 23/5/2014

Title:
EU Irish Mathletes Final

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
150 of the brightest students in the Country will gather at the CHQ venue in Dublin tomorrow for the 2014 Irish Mathletes finals.

€20,000 in prizes will be available for tomorrow's winners.

Mathletes is a new on-line way to teach maths in a game-driven fun format and is in accordance with the EU plan to encourage more people to participate in the digital agenda.

Minister of State Ciaran Cannon, says the Mathletes programme will greatly benefit the State in years to come.

Interviewee:
Minister Ciaran Cannon

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
indigenous ITT sector

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Report Number: 1420 Date: 20/5/2014

Title:
EU Award for NUI Galway

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 7am Wednesday May 21st)

A Hungarian student based at NUI Galway has won the first ever international Vlaskamp Award for research in the area of disability.

Ms. Magdi Birtha won her award as part of a Doctorate programme for exploring what needs to be done to ensure greater participation of disabled people in the workplace.

The international Award organised by the EU Marie Curie programme, is a major achievement for NUI Galway.

Magdi Birtha says Governments are ignoring human rights principles by not doing enough to assist people with disabilities participate in the work place.

Interviewee:
Miss Magdi Birtha

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
in these processes

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Report Number: 1419 Date: 17/5/2014

Title:
EU Irish Policy Website

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 9am Sunday May 18th)

A new website has been developed to help people have more input into EU Policy.

The website titled "Puzzled by Policy.eu" was created following a three-year consultation across Europe by EU researchers including a team at NUI Galway.

Co-ordinator Deirdre Lee says their research shows that online and traditional methods of communicating with the EU have proved to be the most popular with citizens.

Interviewee:
Deirdre Lee

Duration:
0 minutes 21 seconds

Out-words:
find most useful

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Report Number: 1418 Date: 15/5/2014

Title:
EU Irish Autism Research

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The EU Commissioner for innovation Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has launched a major Irish-led EU research programme in Autism and Intellectual Disability at a function in Clonsilla west Dublin.

The €9 million research is co-funded by the EU Marie Curie Co-fund and the Irish charity RESPECT.

Patricia Reilly who is a member of Maire Geoghegan-Quinn's Cabinet, says today's launch will benefit research on autism and intellectual disability across the island of Ireland and the United States.

Interviewee:
Patricia Reilly

Duration:
0 minutes 20 seconds

Out-words:
an international initiative

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Report Number: 1417 Date: 14/5/2014

Title:
EU Audio Visual Fund

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Commission is seeking ideas for projects from cultural creative people in the film, TV and audio visual sector.

The Commission has a budget of €1.46 billion to give away over the next seven years to develop the sector.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says a number of movies financed from the fund are being launched at this year's Cannes Film Festival in France.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
and creative businesses

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Report Number: 1416 Date: 14/5/2014

Title:
EU Car Hire Advice

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Consumer Centre is advising people heading on holidays throughout the Summer to double-check documents when hiring cars.

The ECC says large numbers of Irish people get hit with hidden costs after inadvertently signing up for options that they don't need.

Grace Duffy of the European Consumer Centre says people going on holidays should check carefully all car-hire contracts.

Interviewee:
Grace Duffy

Duration:
0 minutes 18 seconds

Out-words:
more for that

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Report Number: 1415 Date: 9/5/2014

Title:
EU Marine Litter Project

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 7am Saturday May 10th)

Today is 'Let's clean up Europe Day'.

A series of events are taking place right across the EU to tidy up beaches, towns and villages.

The Coastal and Marine research centre at UCC in Cork is part of a a european team that has received over €6 million in EU funding to raise awareness on marine debris.

Dr. Thomas Doyle of UCC says the pan EU project on marine litter is targetting a number of sectors including schools.

Interviewee:
Dr. Thomas Doyle

Duration:
0 minutes 20 seconds

Out-words:
into school curricula

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Report Number: 1414 Date: 9/5/2014

Title:
Europe Day Celebrations (Alt)

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Governments and citizens across the EU are celebrating Europe Day.

Europe Day marks 9th May 1950 when French Foreign Minister Robert Schuman initiated the idea of the European Coal and Steel Community, which has evolved in to the present day European Union.

Barbara Nolan, Head of Representation at the EU office in Dublin, says Europe Day this year is special in light of recent events.

Interviewee:
Barbara Nolan

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
reunification of Europe

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Report Number: 1413 Date: 9/5/2014

Title:
EU Elections Call

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The Minister for European Affairs is calling on all Irish people to cast their vote on May 23rd next regardless of who they opt for.

Paschal Donohue made his comments in Dublin today where he marked Europe Day at a function in the EU Office.

He said this will be the first european elections since ratification of the Lisbon Treaty which gives more powers to MEPs and to EU citizens.

Interviewee:
Paschal Donohue

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
out and vote

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Report Number: 1412 Date: 8/5/2014

Title:
Europe Day Celebrations

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(Embargo: 7AM Friday May 9th)

Today is Europe day and it marks the anniversary of the Franco-German Coal and Steel Agreement in 1957 which ultimately led to the creation of the European Union.

Events are taking place all across Europe to mark the occasion including a free european food- tasting and entertainment show at the EU office in Dawson st. Dublin.

Students from Skibbereen in Cork in collaboration with Foroige have made a video highlighting the benefits and difficulties of being a young European.

Aisling O'Callaghan says the big issues for young europeans is unemployment.

Interviewee:
Aisling O'Callaghan

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
combat youth unemployment

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Report Number: 1411 Date: 8/5/2014

Title:
EU Waters Mapping Plan (Alt)

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Union is to map all the waters off the coasts of EU member states.

The entire seabed will be digitally mapped and available online by 2020 as part of plans to develop the Blue Economy.

The Marine Institute in Galway is the beneficiary of a €4.1 million EU grant for research in this area.

Dr. Peter Heffernan says today's news will see Ireland well placed to take full advantage of the new marine information from the mapping project.

Interviewee:
Dr. Peter Heffernan

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
economy by 2020

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Report Number: 1410 Date: 8/5/2014

Title:
EU Waters Mapping Plan

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Commission is planning to map all the waters around the EU as part of plans to develop the blue economy.

The proposed digital map of waters off all EU states is expected to be completed by 2020.

Already there is some great work going on in Ireland, where researchers and companies are benefiting from EU grants for marine and maritime research including developing products from marine culture.

Speaking in Brussels, Research, Innovation and Science Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn said, the potential of the seas in advancing science is massive

Interviewee:
Maire Geoghegan-Quinn

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
such as osteoporosis

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Report Number: 1409 Date: 6/5/2014

Title:
EU Irish Banking Crisis

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The former Prime Minister of Belgium says the only way to get the Irish economy moving again is for the banks to increase lending.

Guy Verhofstadt made his comments during a visit to Dublin today.

He is currently canvassing to be the next president of the European Commission.

He says Europe can learn a lot from the Irish banking crisis.

Interviewee:
Guy Verhofstadt

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
from the crisis

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Report Number: 1408 Date: 6/5/2014

Title:
EU Computer Coding Plan

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Commission is exploring ways to make the teaching of computer coding compulsory in all schools across Europe in the coming years.

That was the clear message from Nellie Kroes, the EU Commissioner for the digital agenda who was in Dublin today.

The growth in coding classes in Ireland has helped to make this country a major european digital location.

Commissioner Kroes said her dream is to have computer coding taught in all schools across the EU in the same way as reading and writing.

Interviewee:
Nellie Kroes

Duration:
0 minutes 22 seconds

Out-words:
possibilities and opportunities

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Report Number: 1407 Date: 6/5/2014

Title:
EU Irish Ambassador to the US

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The new EU Ambassador to the United States, says increasing trade between the two blocks will be one of his key objectives.

61-year old David O'Sullivan from Churchtown Dublin who heads up the EU's Foreign Affairs unit, will take up his new role in September.

In his first interview for Irish commercial radio since his appointment, he said he will have a number of priorities to address while in Washington DC.

Interviewee:
David O'Sullivan

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
important and unfluential

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Report Number: 1406 Date: 30/4/2014

Title:
EU Irish Work Figures

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:


Today is International Labour Day and new figures from Eurobar show that 80 per cent of Irish respondents think their working conditions are good.

The EU average is 53 per cent.

At 87 per cent, Danish people are most satisfied with their working conditions while just 16 per cent in Greece are happy in their job.

Peter Power of the EU office in Dublin says working conditions have vastly improved thanks to our membership of the European Union.

Interviewee:
Peter Power

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
on this day

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Report Number: 1405 Date: 30/4/2014

Title:
EU Irish Clean up Europe

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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An Taisce is calling on individuals and communities to get involved in the "Let's clean up Europe Day" on Saturday week May 10th.

A "Clean Coasts" week which encourages people to rid beaches and surrounds of litter and debris, will run from May 9th to May 18th.

Annabel Fitzgerald of An Taisce says "Let's clean up Europe" day is a real opportunity to tidy up Ireland for the summer.

Interviewee:
Annabel Fitzgerald

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
up Europe day

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Report Number: 1404 Date: 30/4/2014

Title:
EU Expansion Praised

Of interest to:
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The European Union is now the largest economy in the World.

That's the clear message from Brussels as it marks the 10th anniversary of its expansion from 15 to 25 States.

The addition of ten new members states was marked by a major ceremony in Dublin on May 1st 2004 as Ireland hosted the EU Presidency at the time.

EU President Jose Manuel Barosso says as a result of taking on ten members states, Europe is now a better place to live, work and do business in.

Interviewee:
Jose Manuel Barroso

Duration:
0 minutes 17 seconds

Out-words:
in the World

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Report Number: 1403 Date: 30/4/2014

Title:
EU Grant for Dublin, Cork & Kerry

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Three major projects in Ballymun Dublin, Duhallow Cork and Killarney Kerry are to benefit from an EU Commission grant of €11.7 million.

The funding is part of an EU-wide budget of €282 million for 225 projects related to the environment and climate change.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says the funding will benefit the environment in the three counties.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 17 seconds

Out-words:
nature conservation projects

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Report Number: 1402 Date: 23/4/2014

Title:
EU Airline Safety List

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Commission has launched a website that tells consumers which airlines are subject to an operating ban within the EU.

The European Union and the USA are the safest regions in the World to take flights in.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says the new website is easy to use and gives guidance on what airlines to avoid.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 22 seconds

Out-words:
air safety list

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Report Number: 1401 Date: 15/4/2014

Title:
EU Child Custody Proposals Sought

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Commission is seeking submissions from citizens to address cross-border abductions of children.

Close on 140,000 married couples, where a spouse is from a different EU state, divorce each year, resulting in disputes over child custody.

Proposals can be submitted to the office of the EU Justice Commissioner between now and July 18th next.

Commissioner Viviane Redding says submissions from the public and law practitioners will determine change in this area.

Interviewee:
Viviane Redding

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
front of us

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Report Number: 1400 Date: 15/4/2014

Title:
EU E-Call Vote

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A new e-call system is to be installed in all new cars in the European Union no later than October 2015.

The new device will automatically dial 112-the EU emergency number -when a vehicle is involved in an accident.

This will ensure that emergency services will arrive at the scene in the quickest time possible.

The use of e-call devices was agreed following a vote at the European Parliament earlier today.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says the new device will greatly reduce emergency response times.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
severity of injuries

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Report Number: 1399 Date: 15/4/2014

Title:
EU Irish Travel Websites Warning

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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People who book flights or holidays online are advised to check that the respective websites are compliant with EU consumer rights.

A new EU survey has found that 21 Irish-based websites had irregularities when it came to honouring consumer rights.

EU Authorities will be clamping down on Irish sites that don't uphold EU law.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says 14 Irish websites remain to be fully compliant.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 18 seconds

Out-words:
require further action

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Report Number: 1398 Date: 9/4/2014

Title:
EU Website Booking Advice

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Consumer Centre in Ireland is advising consumers to be
cautious when booking holidays this summer through third party websites.

One out of every two bookings on such sites resulted in complaints to the European Consumer Centre in 2013.

Grace Duffy of the ECC office in Dublin says consumers are advised to closely read the terms and conditions attached to the booking website.

Interviewee:
Grace Duffy

Duration:
0 minutes 20 seconds

Out-words:
where to turn

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Report Number: 1397 Date: 9/4/2014

Title:
EU UCD Robot Invention

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The daily lives of incapacitated elderly people around the world look set to change thanks to creative work from a team of scientists in UCD.

The team has just invented a robot which which will act as a companion and can tell people they have left the cooker on or it's time to get up in the morning.

The RUBICON robot which received a €2.5 million research grant from the EU, could be on the market by 2016 at a cost of €1,500,

Dr. Mauro Dragone of UCD says the robot still has some way to go before being sold on the market.

Interviewee:
Dr. Mauro Dragone

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
simple robot intelligent

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Report Number: 1396 Date: 9/4/2014

Title:
EU Clamp-down on undeclared work

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Commission looks set to clamp down on undeclared work.

A recent EuroBar survey found that 10 per cent of Irish people on average do not declare work carried out by them and for them.

Ciara Eustace of the EU Office in Dublin says undeclared work undermines fair competition in the European Union.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
social security systems

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Report Number: 1395 Date: 9/4/2014

Title:
EU (Limerick) Solar Power

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Scientists at the University of Limerick have developed new technology which could prevent increases in electricity costs in the coming years.

The team at U.L. have created a device which removes the need for water in cooling systems thus helping to make solar power generation cheaper.

The EU has granted the team €4 million towards the project.

Dr. Ronan Grimes from the University of Limerick says it will mean that power stations can run on solar power rather than oil.

Interviewee:
Dr. Ronan Grimes

Duration:
0 minutes 10 seconds

Out-words:
of fossil fuels

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Report Number: 1394 Date: 4/4/2014

Title:
EU Irish Roma Conference

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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A major conference on the plight of the Roma community in Europe takes place in Brussels today.

It's estimated there are close on 3,000 Roma living in Ireland at present.

The successful integration of Roma emigrants remains a major challenge throughout the European Union.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says plans are in place to improve the plight of Roma across Europe as well as in this Country.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 20 seconds

Out-words:
level, including Ireland

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Report Number: 1393 Date: 3/4/2014

Title:
EU phone roaming charges to end

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Mobile phone roaming charges in the EU will cease at the end of next year.

The good news for phone owners follows a vote in the European Parliament today.

It comes after years of protracted negotiations with mobile phone companies across Europe.

Peter Power of the EU office in Dublin says from December next year Irish people can make calls from anywhere in the European Union for the same cost as a call in Ireland.

Interviewee:
Peter Power

Duration:
0 minutes 16 seconds

Out-words:
here in Ireland

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Report Number: 1392 Date: 2/4/2014

Title:
EU Chronic Diseases Summit

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Embargo: 7am Thursday April 3rd)

The Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly and former Health Commissioner David Byrne are among a number of key Irish personnel attending the first ever EU Summit on chronic diseases which gets underway in Brussels today.

The summit will develop a set of policy recommendations on how the medical, social and economic burden of chronic diseases should be tackled in the European Union now and in the years to come.

Peggy Maguire from the Dublin office of the European Institute on women's health says a major lifestyle shift is needed if people are to avoid chronic diseases in the future.

Interviewee:
Peggy Maguire

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
in the future

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Report Number: 1391 Date: 2/4/2014

Title:
EU Apps Ideas

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The National Space Centre in Midleton Cork is looking for ideas to develop mobile phone apps.

The Centre is giving away €20,000 worth of supports for the best idea and has the backing of the European Commission.

Entries can be submitted to the National Space Centre website.

Linda Fitzpatrick of the NSC says they are looking for ideas rather than the apps themselves.

Interviewee:
Linda Fitzpatrick

Duration:
0 minutes 15 seconds

Out-words:
for new uses

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