Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Despite Ministers’ criticism of checkpoints, new legislation aimed at drink drivers overwhelmingly welcomed by people in Ireland

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23rd January 2019
Despite Ministers’ criticism of checkpoints, new legislation aimed at drink drivers overwhelmingly welcomed by people in Ireland

79% agree with clamp down on drink driving

Women and older people most conscious about the risks of driving the morning after drinking

28% believe the government should supply households with breathalysers

A nationally representative survey of 1001 people carried out by iReach has found that people in Ireland agree strongly with the GardaĆ­ clamping down on drink driving. At the end of 2018, new legislation on drink driving came into effect, under which all drink drivers receive a driving disqualification. Over the last week, the tighter drink driving laws have been criticised by Ministers with the increased prevalence of Garda checkpoints the focus of the condemnation.

The new laws remove the possibility of some drink drivers receiving penalty points instead of this disqualification and are backed by an enormous 79% of respondents.

However, there is far less enthusiasm about Independent TD Michael Healy-Rae’s suggestion that the government should supply every household in the country with same breathalyser devices as used by the GardaĆ­. Just 28% of those asked expressed support for the idea.

According to the study, just 5% of people in Ireland own a breathalyser. 61% say they don’t own a breathalyser because they don’t need one, a further 20% don’t own one as they don’t drink with 15% who say that breathalysers are too expensive.

 A mere 9% of people do intend to buy a breathalyser in the near future.

There is a notable difference between demographics when considering the risks of driving the following day after drinking. Women (78%) and adults over 55 (81%) are more conscious than men (68%) about the dangers of driving the day after drinking.

Almost one in three males in Ireland were not conscious about the risks of drinking over Christmas and then driving the next day.

Additionally, 17% of males think they have been over the legal limit while driving over the last three years, compared with 12% of females. 


About iReach Insights

iReach Insights provides a range of research and market intelligence services in Ireland and Europe. iReach has built a Consumer Decisions Research Panel of 40,000 members in Ireland, delivering robust research insights. The survey questions were included in the Nationally Representative iReach Consumer Decisions Omnibus run between the 10th January and the 17th January and has a 3% Confidence Interval and 95% Confidence Level.


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iReach Managing Director: Oisin Byrne
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PR@ireachhq.com

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Significant majority of people in Ireland support the planned strike by Irish Nurses and Midwives

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17th January 2019
Significant majority of people in Ireland support the planned strike by Irish Nurses and Midwives

64% back strike action scheduled for the end of January

An enormous 87% believe the Government could do more to recruit and retain Nurses and Midwives in Ireland

Women more supportive of planned strike action than men

With Irish nurses and midwives planning to strike later in month as a pay dispute with the Government rumbles on, iReach has conducted a nationally representative survey of 1001 people to understand what people in Ireland make of the situation. The findings demonstrate the great level of sympathy the public have for nurses and midwives, as well the widespread feeling that the Irish Government could do more to make their working conditions more favourable and attractive.

The results also indicate that support and sympathy for nurses and midwives is significantly higher among women rather men in Ireland.

64% of respondents support the nursing strike, though interestingly, support is far higher among females at 71% than it is with males, at just 56%. Additionally, 27% of males oppose the strike whereas only 11% of females disagree with the planned action.

65% of the overall population believe that is unfair that nurses are paid less in comparison to their healthcare counterparts, such as physiotherapists and occupational therapists. Yet, once again there is a discrepancy in the level of sympathy for nurses and midwives between males and females. 71% of females felt that the pay conditions of nurses are unfair with the figure for males substantially lower again at 59%.

On the question of whether the Government could do more to recruit and retain nurses and midwives in Ireland, a rather emphatic 87% of those asked believed that more could be done. It is notable again that female respondents (90%) are more demanding than males (83%) in looking for action from the Irish Government.


About iReach Insights

iReach Insights provides a range of research and market intelligence services in Ireland and Europe. iReach has built a Consumer Decisions Research Panel of 40,000 members in Ireland, delivering robust research insights. The survey questions were included in the Nationally Representative iReach Consumer Decisions Omnibus run between the 10th January and the 17th January and has a 3% Confidence Interval and 95% Confidence Level.


iReach Insights Limited – Temple Hall, Temple Road, Blackrock, CO. Dublin, IRELAND.
iReach Managing Director: Oisin Byrne
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PR@ireachhq.com

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

As Facebook faces more questions over the security of user data, 44% of young adults feel overwhelmed by social media

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16th January 2019
As Facebook faces more questions over the security of user data, 44% of young adults feel overwhelmed by social media

Almost one in two people delete or restrict social media posts that could negatively impact them later

42% hide posts from family members


The rise of social media has ensured that we are more connected than at any time in history. Yet, in the aftermath of new revelations in late 2018 about Facebook’s malpractice in sharing user details with other tech firms without their consent, it is fair to say that public confidence in the security of their data with major social media networks is ambiguous at best.

A recently conducted nationally representative survey of 1001 people carried out by iReach demonstrates the pressures felt by young Irish adults as a result of their usage such social media platforms.

In Ireland, 79% of the total population are social media users, with usage of those aged between 18-34 far higher at 87%. Nearly half of young Irish adults say social media is the first thing that they check in the morning, whilst 44% are overwhelmed by the drama of social media.

Similarly, 44% of young people (18-34 year olds) feel under pressure to post content that makes them look good to others and get a lot of comments and likes.

Almost one in two people delete or restrict social media posts that could negatively impact them later, with 42% of 18-34-year olds hiding content from family members.

Somebody creating too much drama (50%) is the top cited reason for unfollowing a person on social media, followed by bullying of other users (41%) and posting too regularly (36%) as the most common gripes.

Special occasions (53%) along with family and friends (41% and 38%) are the most commonly posted about topics on social media, with the main reasons for using social media keeping in touch with friends and family (78%), staying up to date (59%) and getting news (58%).


About iReach Insights

iReach Insights provides a range of research and market intelligence services in Ireland and Europe. iReach has built a Consumer Decisions Research Panel of 40,000 members in Ireland, delivering robust research insights. The survey questions were included in the Nationally Representative iReach Consumer Decisions Omnibus run between the 6th December and the 13th December and has a 3% Confidence Interval and 95% Confidence Level.


iReach Insights Limited – Temple Hall, Temple Road, Blackrock, CO. Dublin, IRELAND.
iReach Managing Director: Oisin Byrne
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PR@ireachhq.com

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

January viewed as the most depressing month of the year

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9th January 2019
January viewed as the most depressing month of the year

Bad weather (72%) and dark mornings and evenings (71%) to blame

Around one in two people in Ireland feel low and deflated in January


With the Christmas holidays having come and gone for another year and 2019 well underway, the Winter Blues or ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ are often cited as reasons for feeling a little down at this time of the year. To understand more about the Winter Blues and Irish Winters, iReach has recently conducted a nationally representative survey of 1001 people.


January (56%) is seen by an enormous margin as the most depressing month of the year. There is an interesting variation between age groups as 60% of 18-34-year olds chose January compared with only 46% of those over 55.

72% of people who selected January as the most depressing month did so because of bad weather, with dark mornings and evenings (71%), returning work (42%), a bad financial situation (41%) and taking down Christmas decorations (40%) as the top five reasons for disliking January.

November (16%), February (10%) and December (10%) follow as the least popular months of the year.

As for disliking Winter in general, poor weather and lack of natural light stand out as the main themes. 57% of respondents dislike Winter because of the shorter days, with dark mornings on 56% and the weather at 55% following close behind.

For adults under 34, 51% feel low and deflated in the wake of the festive period, with only 29% of those aged over 55 feeling the same way.


About iReach Insights

iReach Insights provides a range of research and market intelligence services in Ireland and Europe. iReach has built a Consumer Decisions Research Panel of 40,000 members in Ireland, delivering robust research insights. The survey questions were included in the Nationally Representative iReach Consumer Decisions Omnibus run between the 13th December and the 20th December and has a 3% Confidence Interval and 95% Confidence Level.

iReach Insights Limited – Temple Hall, Temple Road, Blackrock, CO. Dublin, IRELAND.

iReach Managing Director: Oisin Byrne
T: 01-214 3740 or email:
PR@ireachhq.com