Wednesday, 20 March 2019

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20th March 2019

48% have little to no understanding of drones and 71% think drones are invasive, under-regulated and potentially dangerous. 


Of those (8%) who own or use a drone only 29% have had some specialized training to allow them to operate their drone safely.
The top concerns the general public has around drone usage is; 1. Causing accidents (72%), 2. Spying (72%), 3. Security Issues (60%).
4 out of 5 adults in Ireland think there is an urgent need for solutions to stopping malicious drone operations.

In December 2018, Gatwick Airport in London was forced to cancel hundreds of flights and leave thousands of passengers stranded due to a repeated drone incursion. More recently, in February, Dublin airport grounded all flights for 30 minutes due to a drone sighting. With this in mind we recently conducted a nationally representative survey on 1000 adults in Ireland to find out what people in Ireland think of drones and whether these are useful or dangerous.

48% of adults in Ireland feel that they have little to no understanding of drones and 71% think drones are invasive, under-regulated and potentially dangerous.


8% of adults in Ireland own or use a drone (11% of males and 4% of females). The main uses of the drones are for 1. Entertainment (59%), 2. Video Photography (22%) and 3. Geographical Mapping (18%). Of those who own or use a drone only 29% have had some specialized training to allow them to operate their drone safely. However, 25% of adults in Ireland think that drone operators should have to obtain a license in order to be allowed to pilot a drone.


Although 77% of adults in Ireland think that drones are becoming increasing popular in the future many still have concerns. The top concerns the general public has around drone usage is; 1. Causing accidents (72%), 2. Spying (72%), 3. Security Issues (60%), 4. Drones falling from the sky / Crashing (52%), and 5. Drones being hacked (37%).


People in Ireland believe that more needs to be done about drones. 4 out of 5 adults in Ireland think there is an urgent need for solutions to stopping malicious drone operations. Furthermore, 91% think that limits must be introduced about how and where drones can fly, including no fly-zones at airports.


Drones can also be used positively and to aid individuals to carry out tasks more efficiently. 39% of people in Ireland think that it would be useful to see drones used as delivery vehicles but only 27% of people believe that drone delivery services would be safe. In some circumstances adults in Ireland are supportive of drone use. People support drones for; 1. Emergency response (72%), Gardai Assistance (67%) and Environmental Conservation (45%).



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 7th and the 13th March and has a 3% Confidence Interval and 95% Confidence Level.

Questions asked of participants:

Do you feel that you have a good understanding of drones? 
Do you own or use a drone?
What do you use your drone for? 
Do you have any specialised training that allows you to operate your drone? 
Please state to what extent you agree or disagree with the following statements: 
What are your main concerns around drone use? 
In what circumstances are you supportive of drone use? 

 

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

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Despite some controversial views on St. Patrick’s Day among the adults in Ireland, it still remains one of the most popular and celebrated festivals all around the world

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13th March 2019

Despite some controversial views on St. Patrick’s Day among the adults in Ireland, it still remains one of the most popular and celebrated festivals all around the world

Overall, the majority (71%) enjoy St. Patrick’s Day.

64% believe that it portrays Ireland positively.

Nevertheless, 88% are worried that too much alcohol is consumed during this festival.



It’s that time of a year again, St. Patrick’s Day is approaching. Soon not only the streets of Dublin and Ireland as a whole, but also in many other parts of the world will blossom into green, white and orange. The spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day fascinates many people worldwide every year, but what do the adults in Ireland themselves think about this day?

A nationally representative survey of 1001 people carried out by iReach shows that 71% of adults in Ireland like Saint Patrick’s Day. This result is supported by the fact that 64% believe that St. Patrick's Day casts a good light on Ireland.

A large proportion (77%) of people in Ireland are proud to see that this national holiday is celebrated in many places around the world. 61% even assume that the parades outside the country are better than here in Ireland.

Nonetheless, 79% are concerned that St. Patrick’s Day feeds into Irish stereotypes of drinking. The majority (88%) thinks that too much alcohol is consumed on Patrick’s Day.

Moreover, 60% are afraid that St. Patrick’s Day is too commercialised nowadays. 






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 21st February to the 26th February and has a 3% Confidence Interval and 95% Confidence Level.


Questions asked of participants:

Do you like Saint Patrick’s Day?
How will you celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day this year?
Will you be wearing green on Saint Patrick’s Day?
Will you drink alcohol on Saint Patrick’s Day?
Will you drink a green beer on Saint Patrick’s Day?
How would you describe the level of alcohol consumption on St. Patrick’s Day?
How much do you agree or disagree with the following statements?
 


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