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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

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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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

Script details:
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

Script details:
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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Report Number: 1390 Date: 31/3/2014

Title:
EU UCD Regio Stars Awards

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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A team of scientists from UCD head to Brussels today where they will take part in the EU Regio Stars Awards for 2014.

The objective of the RegioStars Awards is to identify good practices which can be attractive and inspiring to other regions.

Dr. Ravi Dranathan is heading up the EU Interreg-funded ARBOR project for UCD.

He says it's objective is to create technology that will burn fossil fuels in a carbon neutral way.

Interviewee:
Dr. Ravi Dranathan

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
carbon dioxide neutral

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Report Number: 1389 Date: 27/3/2014

Title:
EU Irish Citizens Dialogue

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Three Irish people are heading to Brussels today to take part in the first ever EU-wide Citizens Dialogue Forum.

The Citizens Dialogue is a new platform in which the European Commission adopts ideas from EU citizens on the future direction of Europe.

As promised in the Lisbon Treaty, three citizen dialogue conferences took place in Ireland last year.

Angela Holohan from Stranorlar Co. Donegal who is taking part in the Brussels Forum, says she will be submitting ideas on a wide range of issues today.

Interviewee:
Angela Holohan

Duration:
0 minutes 21 seconds

Out-words:
will be discussed

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Report Number: 1388 Date: 26/3/2014

Title:
EU Irish Undeclared Work Figures

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Only two per cent of Irish people have engaged in what's known as 'undeclared work'.

New figures out today from Eurobar show we rank alongside Germany,Portugal, Cyprus and Italy.

The highest are Latvia, Netherlands and Estonia.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says however, the rate of Irish people concerned at the risk of being detected, is high.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 12 seconds

Out-words:
36 per cent

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Report Number: 1387 Date: 26/3/2014

Title:
EU Irish Sports Activity

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
New figures show that the Irish engage in daily exercise more times than any other nationality in the European Union.

The statistics compiled by Eurobar show that 16 per cent of Irish people exercise regularly.

Bulgarians exercise the least in the EU with only 2 per cent recorded.

Alicia O'Rourke of the EU office in Dublin says even though the Irish are the most active in sport and leisure, the numbers are actually decreasing.

Interviewee:
Alicia O'Rourke

Duration:
0 minutes 17 seconds

Out-words:
back in 2009

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Report Number: 1386 Date: 19/3/2014

Title:
EU Irish Petition Initiative

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The fist citizens-led initiative arising from the Lisbon Treaty is to be adopted by the European Commission.

The initiative will make the provision of water a legal right within the EU.

The Irish Lisbon Treaty vote in 2009 allows citizens to present certain issues to the EU Commission for consideration if a petition of one million signatures can be realised.

Ciara Eustace of the EU Office in Dublin, says today's development could inspire other such petitions across the European Union.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 12 seconds

Out-words:
seven member states

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Report Number: 1385 Date: 19/3/2014

Title:
EU Galway Arthritis Progress

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Scientists at NUI Galway have moved a step closer to finding a cure for osteo-arthritis.

The team are studying the appplication of stem cell therapy thanks to an EU Framework Seven grant of just over nine million euro.

One in every two Irish persons over 50 experience problems with arthritis and the figure is close on 30 million across the EU.

Professor Frank Barry of NUI Galway, says the work being carried out at the Irish end of the research is producing positive results.

Interviewee:
Professor Frank Barry

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
stage clinical trial

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Report Number: 1384 Date: 12/3/2014

Title:
EU Package Holidays Rules Update

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Parliament has voted to introduce new rules which will determine if a holiday booked on the internet constitutes being a package or not.

The measures will provide compensation where a holiday organiser goes bust.

Where a natural disaster occurs, the holiday provider will be obliged to provide accomodation for the traveller.

Compensation will also be provided if a flight time is altered by more than three hours.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says the new measures, which should be law by the end of the year, is great news for the consumer.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 21 seconds

Out-words:
in unforeseen circumstances

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Report Number: 1383 Date: 12/3/2014

Title:
EU Waterford Kid Critical of Government

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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A 13-year old entrepeneurial whizz kid from Waterford has voiced his concerns on the teaching of computer science in Irish schools.

Addressing an Innovation event in Brussels, Jordan Casey from Ardkeen in Waterford City said the Curriculum here on computer programming is behind the times.

13-year old Jordan, who owns two companies namely 'Casey Games' and 'TeachWare', says computer programming is the future and unless things change, Ireland is in danger of getting left behind.

Interviewee:
Jordan Casey

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
things like that

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Report Number: 1382 Date: 12/3/2014

Title:
EU Irish Vote Appeal

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Union is calling on the Government here to extend voting rights to Irish citizens living elsewhere in the EU.

At present, only citizens resident in the Republic can cast votes here at election time.

Five EU countries deny their ex-patriot citizens the Right to vote if they live elsewhere in the European Union.

Barbara Nolan of the EU office in Dublin says Irish people are being denied their voting Rights for simply living elsewhere in Europe.

Interviewee:
Barbara Nolan

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
the European Union

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Report Number: 1381 Date: 6/3/2014

Title:
EU Female Tech Numbers

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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More women need to get in to the booming technology sector.

That's the clear message from Ms Neelie Kroes, EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda.

She says tech is too important to be left to men.

Ciara Eustace of the EU Office in Dublin says the number of women working in the technology area is rather low.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 18 seconds

Out-words:
of male graduates

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Report Number: 1380 Date: 5/3/2014

Title:
EU Irish Climate Change Stats

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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82% of Irish people believe that fighting climate change and using energy more efficiently will boost the economy and employment.

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

The survey found that 22% of Irish respondents feel that business and industry are responsible for tackling climate change, which is below the EU average of 41%.

EU spokesperson Isaac Valero Ladron says the Irish are more aware of climate change issues than most other nationalities in the European Union.

Interviewee:
Isaac Valero Ladron

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
of climate change

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Report Number: 1379 Date: 5/3/2014

Title:
EU Debating Winners (Kilkenny)

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Loreto College in Kilkenny has won this year's EU Model Council debating competition.

Three students at the College defeated 29 other schools across the Country when they argued in favour of fracking or fracturing coal and rocks seams to extract gas.

The Kilkenny teenagers will now represent Ireland in a pan-EU debate at the European Parliament in September.

Student Sarah Lanigan says they convinced the judges that a fracking tax will ultimately benefit the environment.

Interviewee:
Sarah Lanigan

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
aided our debate

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Report Number: 1378 Date: 5/3/2014

Title:
EU Journalism Competition

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Commission is looking for Ireland's next generation of young top journalists.

The Commission is seeking articles of 750 words from third level students on what the European Union means to them.

The deadline is Friday March 21st and details are available on www.oxygen.ie.

According to Peter Power of the EU office in Dublin, this is a fantastic opportunity for aspiring reporters.

Interviewee:
Peter Power

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
and start typing

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Report Number: 1377 Date: 27/2/2014

Title:
EU Irish Gender Pay Gap Widens

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(EMBARGO: 7am Friday February 28th)

The gap between pay for men and women in Ireland is widening, according to new figures for 2012 just out.

Men in the Republic of Ireland are now paid 14.4 per cent on average more than women, that's an increase of 1.8 per cent since 2008.

Today is 'Europe Equal Pay' Day which aims to highlight the difference in pay between males and females.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says in real terms, Irish women work almost two months for free before matching their male counterparts.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
across the EU

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Report Number: 1376 Date: 27/2/2014

Title:
EU Rare Disease Day (Cork)

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Tomorrow is International Rare Disease Day and a team of doctors in Cork are at the forefront of solving one of nature's most baffling problems.

The team at Cork University Maternity Hospital have just received an EU grant of €5.5 million to study the causes of low blood pressure in premature babies born up to 28 weeks.

'The HIP Trial' as it's called, will explore why up to 25,000 babies in Europe are born annually with hypotension.

Professor Gene Dempsey of Cork University Hospital says the research will hopefully prevent brain haemorrhage occurance in young babies.

Interviewee:
Professor Gene Dempsey

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
born very premature

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Report Number: 1375 Date: 26/2/2014

Title:
EU Visa Card Reductions

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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There's good news today for Visa card holders.

The European Commission has put in to law commitments by Visa Europe to cut inter-bank fees.

This ultimately means that fees for credit card payments will be reduced to 0.3 per cent of the value of the transaction, a reduction on average of close on 50 per cent.

Ciara Eustace of the EU office in Dublin says today's news means consumers will be charged less for credit card transactions in Europe.

Interviewee:
Ciara Eustace

Duration:
0 minutes 17 seconds

Out-words:
should be reduced

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Report Number: 1374 Date: 26/2/2014

Title:
EU Soccer Tickets Warning

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Consumer Centre in Dublin is warning Irish soccer fans to do their homework before purchasing tickets online for the forthcoming series of games in the European Championships.

The Republic of Ireland will play Germany Georgia, Poland, Scotland and Gibraltar over the next 20 months.

Grace Duffy of the ECC office in Dublin says if online offers of tickets and accomodation sound too good to be true, then they should be avoided.

Interviewee:
Grace Duffy

Duration:
0 minutes 17 seconds

Out-words:
to even exist

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Report Number: 1373 Date: 20/2/2014

Title:
EU RIA Award for Kildare Scientist

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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A Kildare-based scientist has just won the top academic award in Ireland for research.

Dr. Rob Kitchin of NUI Maynooth was presented with a Royal Irish Academy Award this evening by the Taoiseach at a function in Dublin.

Dr. Kitchin is the recipient of an EU-funded grant for research into how software is shaping the living habits of citizens in Dublin City.

He says receiving the Award is quite a priveledge.

Interviewee:
Dr. Rob Kitchin

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
we work on

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Report Number: 1372 Date: 20/2/2014

Title:
EU Ireland Electricity Action

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The Government here is being taken to the European Court of Justice for failing to introduce real competition in the electricity sector.

The electricity Directive on greater competition was introduced on March 3rd 2011 and the EU is now seeking a daily fine on Ireland of €20,000 per day.

Peter Power of the EU office in Dublin says the failure to provide real competition in the supply of electricity, has prompted this case.

Interviewee:
Peter Power

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
down energy prices

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Report Number: 1371 Date: 20/2/2014

Title:
EU Aviation Changes

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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There's good news today for struggling regional airports.

The European Commission has announced changes in State aid funding to boost access to the regions.

State aid for investment in airport infrastructure is allowed if there is a genuine transport need and the public support is necessary to ensure accessibility to a region.

The news could see the re-opening of Galway Airport.

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia says access to grant aid will be higher for smaller airports than for larger ones.

Interviewee:
Joaquin Almunia

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
by 20 per cent

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Report Number: 1370 Date: 12/2/2014

Title:
ECC Dating Sites Warning

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The European Consumer Centre is warning people to think twice before signing up to dating sites.

It says people who sign up in good faith can find themselves being over- charged for failing to properly read the terms and conditions.

Grace Duffy of the ECC office in Dublin says unsuspecting consumers should read the details before parting with money.

Interviewee:
Grace Duffy

Duration:
0 minutes 18 seconds

Out-words:
continue your membership

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Report Number: 1369 Date: 12/2/2014

Title:
EU Smart Car Agreement

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The days of EU motorists getting stuck in a traffic jam anywhere in Europe could soon be a thing of the past.

The European Commission today agreed pan-EU standards for equipment fitted into 'smart cars'.

So-called Smart cars are evolving in all EU states but operating standards vary from Country to Country.

EU Spokesperson Ryan Heath says today's agreement means that all evolving smart cars will have compatible equipment right across the European Union so that they can communicate with each other.

Interviewee:
Ryan Heath

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
the continent itself

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Report Number: 1368 Date: 12/2/2014

Title:
EU Rogue Waves Plan

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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UCD looks set to become the World leader in the study of rogue waves.

Freak waves or rogue waves kill close on 50 people around the World every year and sink as many ships.

Last year a rogue wave measuring 23 metres was recorded off the coast of County Donegal.

Frederic Dias of UCD, who recently received EU grants of €1.9 million to study the phenomenon, says understanding rogue waves will ultimately help save lives.

Interviewee:
Dr. Frederic Dias

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
for recreational activity

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Report Number: 1367 Date: 10/2/2014

Title:
EU Irish Female Delegation (Alt)

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
(EMBARGO: 9am 11th February)


20 female election candidates are off to Brussels today to learn more on how EU institutions impact on our daily lives.

The delegation is part of "Women for Election" which aims to increase female participation in Irish political life.

The trip is organised in conjunction with the European Commission Office in Dublin.

Michelle O'Donnell-Keating of 'Women for Election' says the trip will help the female candidates prepare for the local and European elections in May.

Interviewee:
Michelle O'Donnell-Keating

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
stand for election

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Report Number: 1366 Date: 10/2/2014

Title:
EU Irish Female Delegation

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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(EMBARGO: 7am Tuesday Feb 11th)

A delegation of 20 Irish women head to Brussels today for a fact-finding mission aimed at increasing female participation in political life.

Organised in conjunction with 'Women for Election', the visit aims to provide the candidates with a greater understanding of how EU institutions function.

86 of the 566 candidates in the last General Election were women.

Barbara Nolan of the European Commission Representation in Ireland, says the number of Irish women in political life needs to be increased.

Interviewee:
Barbara Nolan

Duration:
0 minutes 24 seconds

Out-words:
career in politics

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Report Number: 1365 Date: 5/2/2014

Title:
EU Fruit & Milk Scheme

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Plans are underway to increase the Fruit and Milk scheme for school children across the EU from 2016.

Under the proposal close on €900,000 will initially be provided by the European Union for Irish schools, a figure that will be matched by the Government here.

EU Agriculture spokesperson Roger Waite says the programme will help greatly in tackling obesity in children.

Interviewee:
Roger Waite

Duration:
0 minutes 18 seconds

Out-words:
children in future

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Report Number: 1364 Date: 5/2/2014

Title:
EU Irish Translation Winner (Kerry)

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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Aileen Ní Ghloinn of Coláiste Ide in Dingle has won the top prize in Ireland for translating Spanish text in to English.

Over 3,000 teenage pupils in over 7,000 Irish schools took part in the annual EU Young Translator 'Juvenes Translatores' contest for second level pupils.

Aileen Ni Ghloinn will attend an award ceremony in Brussels on April 8th next.

Speaking from Dingle, she said she loves Spanish and hopes it will assist her for a career in law.

Interviewee:
Aileen Ni Ghloinn

Duration:
0 minutes 10 seconds

Out-words:
I love it

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Report Number: 1363 Date: 3/2/2014

Title:
EU UCD Cancer Research

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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(EMBARGO: 7am February 4th)

UCD looks set to become the leading university in Europe for cancer research in children.

A team of scientists there have just been awarded €12 million through the EU Framework 7 programme to diagnose and treat deadly forms of childhood cancer.

Today is EU cancer day and a reminder that 76 children on average die of the disease in Ireland each year.

Professor Walter Kolch of UCD says the €12 million grant will greatly assist in helping to understand the cause of childhood cancer.

Interviewee:
Professor Walter Kolch

Duration:
0 minutes 21 seconds

Out-words:
treating those cancers

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Report Number: 1362 Date: 29/1/2014

Title:
EU Employees Convention

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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EU countries have been authorised to ratify the International Labour Organisation Convention concerning fair and decent work for domestic workers.

The 2011 ILO Domestic Workers Convention requires signatory countries to take measures to ensure fair and decent working conditions.

It also obliges countries to prevent abuse, violence and child labour in domestic employment.

Alicia O'Rourke of the EU office in Dublin says the new measures aims to ensure that domestic employees are treated with respect and dignity in the workplace.

Interviewee:
Alicia O'Rourke

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
a complaint mechanism

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Report Number: 1361 Date: 29/1/2014

Title:
EU Irish Vote Appeal

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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The Vice-President of the European Commission has issued an appeal to the Government here to give Irish citizens living elsewhere in the EU the right to vote in our elections.

Justice Commissioner Viviane Redding says Ireland is one of five EU States where ex-patriot citizens living outside the Country are denied the opportunity to exercise their democratic right.

Speaking in Brussels, she called on Governments denying this Right to think again.

Interviewee:
Viviane Redding

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
the electoral roll

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Report Number: 1360 Date: 28/1/2014

Title:
EU Irish Smart Window

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

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A new Irish invention looks set to revolutionise heat insulation in homes across the World.

The CLIMAWIN 'smart' window will improve heat retention by up to 24%.

Developed by Solearth Architecture in Dublin with the assistance of financing from the EU Framework Programme fund, the new-style window will enter the market at the end of the year.

Brian O'Brien from Cork explains the window's unique characteristic.

Interviewee:
Brian O'Brien

Duration:
0 minutes 23 seconds

Out-words:
in the window

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Report Number: 1359 Date: 22/1/2014

Title:
EU Voting Seminar

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
Former Tanaiste and Education Minister Mary O'Rourke is to undertake a nationwide tour informing people why they should cast their vote in the European Election next May.

Next Monday she will hold a Europe Direct Information Centre seminar in Portlaoise, followed by Galway on Thursday January 30th.

She will also visit Bundoran, Mallow, Tubbercurry and Dundalk next month.

Mary O'Rourke says people need to understand how their vote elects an MEP which in turn determines legislation for all of Europe.

Interviewee:
Mary O'Rourke

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
the European Legislation

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Report Number: 1358 Date: 22/1/2014

Title:
EU Greenhouse Gas Targets

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Commission is mandating EU countries like Ireland to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 40 per cent between now and 2030.

The Commission is also setting an energy efficiency target of 27 per cent over the next 16 years.

EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says the programme of lowering greenhouse emissions will now be left to individual member states to achieve in sync with the performance of their respective economies.

Interviewee:
Jose Manuel Barroso

Duration:
0 minutes 19 seconds

Out-words:
cost effective way

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Report Number: 1357 Date: 15/1/2014

Title:
EU Music App Initiative

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
A project being developed by scientists at Maynooth College could prevent heart attacks in the future.

A team at NUI Maynooth has just received a grant of €3 million to develop a phone app which plays music in sync with human heartbeat.

A separate music app is being developed for people suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Team member Joe Timoney says the application, if used frequently, will help significantly in reducing stress on the human body.

Interviewee:
Joe Timoney

Duration:
0 minutes 29 seconds

Out-words:
between the two

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Report Number: 1356 Date: 15/1/2014

Title:
EU Grant for Galway Academic

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
A Galway-based academic has just been awarded two million euro to research the historic contribution and impact of female authors between 1550 and 1700.

The project will explore how women across Europe took full advantage of the printing press in the immediate aftermath of its invention.

Dr. Marie-Louise Coolahan of UCG says the pan-europe project will also focus on the huge contribution made by Irish female writers.

Interviewee:
Dr. Marie-Louise Coolahan

Duration:
0 minutes 18 seconds

Out-words:
Britain and Ireland

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Report Number: 1355 Date: 15/1/2014

Title:
ECC Trials Warning

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Consumer Centre is warning people to be cautious if signing up for post-Christmas free trials.

People who sign up to receive items like slimming pills or beauty products may be served with hefty bills if they don't read the small print.

Grace Duffy of the European Consumer Centre says then message is clear, read before your sign or else you'll pay.

Interviewee:
Grace Duffy

Duration:
0 minutes 21 seconds

Out-words:
up to them

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Report Number: 1354 Date: 8/1/2014

Title:
EU Light a Beacon for Climate Change Campaign Alt

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
EMBARGO: 7am THURSDAY 9th JANUARY)

The BT Young Scientist of the Year at the RDS formally opens to the public today.

The European Commission in Ireland has teamed up with The Festival of Curiousity to launch a campaign on climate change.

Attendees at the event are invited to attend the EU Commission stand at the RDS to 'Light a Beacon' to help save the planet.

Each participant's instagram will be uploaded on to www.lightabeacon.eu

Vincent McCarthy from The Festival of Curiousity says there are other ways to get involved.

Interviewee:
Vincent McCarthy

Duration:
0 minutes 25 seconds

Out-words:
save our planet

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Report Number: 1353 Date: 8/1/2014

Title:
ECC Voucher Advisory

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The European Consumer Centre is advising people to check the expiry dates on gift vouchers received at Christmas.

A growing number of people receive vouchers each year but fail to use them within their valid life-time.

Grace Duffy of the European Consumer Centre says it's important to use them as there is no legal obligation on most retailers to honour such purchases past the use-by date.

Interviewee:
Grace Duffy

Duration:
0 minutes 16 seconds

Out-words:
avail of them

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Report Number: 1352 Date: 8/1/2014

Title:
EU Light a Beacon for Climate Change Campaign

Of interest to:
All Ireland Provinces

Script details:
The 50th Young Scientist of the Year competition gets underway in the RDS Dublin this week.

Among the many exhibitors at the event will be European Commission representation in Ireland.

The EU Commission in collaboration with The Festival of Curiosity, is inviting people to Light a Beacon for Climate Change during the event and play their part in protecting the planet for future generations.

It's CEO Vincent McCarthy is encouraging people attending the event to visit the EU stand and light a beacon for climate change.

He says the more who participate, the more who will get the message.

Interviewee:
Vincent McCarthy

Duration:
0 minutes 18 seconds

Out-words:
really important issue

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