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Co Clare school wins EU Model Council 2017

TweetSt Joseph’s of Tulla, Co Clare have won the 2017 Model Council of the EU debate. Runners-up were Maynooth Post-Primary, Co Kildare. St Joseph’s beat a strong field of 27 other schools from all over Ireland, discussing the hot topic of EU trade policy. With future trade

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Over €10 million in EU funding for 5 Irish SMEs

TweetThe EU’s scientific research fund has just announced funding for five small Irish companies with big ideas to get to market: DP DesignPro Ltd of Abbeyfeale, Luxcel Biosciences of Cork, Axonista of Dublin, Slainte Beoga Teor of Galway and Altratech of Shannon. The five Irish SMEs will

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New EU anonymous whistleblower service

TweetWhistle-blowers who want to report secret business deals, like price-fixing, can now use an anonymous tool to inform the EU competition authorities. Unveiled in Brussels this week, the new service is designed to make it easier to tackle secret cartels agreeing on prices or procurement bids, keeping

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Saturday 25 March: 60th anniversary of the Rome treaties, Rome

TweetEU heads of state or government will meet in Rome, Italy, on 25 March, for the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaties. The Treaties of Rome were the founding treaties establishing the European Economic Community (EEC) and the European Atomic Energy Community (EAEC), which were signed on

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€7m from EU for Wales and Ireland’s fisheries industry

TweetThe EU is to invest €7 million in two science and technology projects to help protect and develop the marine life and the fisheries industry in Wales and Ireland. Around €5.5 million will go to the Bluefish marine science partnership led by Bangor University in Wales, which

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Share of social protection expenditure related to old age lowest in Ireland

TweetNew Eurostat figures show that in 2015 the share of government spending on social protection was below the EU average (40.6%) in Ireland (32.7%). The main reason for this was that spending on old age (mainly pensions) in Ireland (8.2%) was well below the EU average (21.7%)

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E-books to be excluded from reduced VAT rates

TweetIn a judgment issued this week, the European Court of Justice ruled that the exclusion of digital books, newspapers and periodicals from the application of a reduced rate of VAT where they are supplied electronically is not contrary to the principle of equal treatment. Under the VAT

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Housing costs share less a burden for Irish people

TweetIreland has the third lowest share of people (4.6%) who spend 40% or more of their disposable income on housing in the EU where the average is 11.3%. However, the figure for those living in private rented accommodation in Ireland is significantly higher (18%). Malta (1.1%) and

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Successful launch of new Copernicus satellite

TweetIn the very early morning of 7 March, the 5th satellite of Europe’s Earth observation programme Copernicus was successfully sent into orbit from Kourou, Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. With the addition of satellite Sentinel 2B, Copernicus can now build up a high-resolution image covering the entire

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Ireland’s birth-rate slips to 2nd place in EU

TweetIreland has slipped to second place behind France in the EU birth-rate league table. New figures from Eurostat show that in 2015, the average rate of live births per Irish woman was 1.92 babies, down from 1.94 in 2001. By contrast the French birth rate was up,

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