Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
Yesterday, we revealed that a new spider, Aptostichus bonoi, has been named after U2 singer Bono. The trapdoor spider can be found in the Joshua trees of California - and of course U2's seminal 1987 album was called The Joshua Tree. But why? Broadcaster and RTÉ 2fm legend Dave Fanning joins us in studio for the definitive reason for the album title!
Dolly Parton's musical 9-5: The Musical opened at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre last night, and there's no doubting that Ms Parton is a multi-talented lady: singer, actress, songwriter, entrepreneur. There's also no doubt that she is as equally known and loved for her buxom bosom! We can all be very flippant about breasts. After all, most of us have had a relationship with them dating back to our infancy! But for many women, a hugely prominent set of breasts is far from a laughing matter. They can, in certain circumstances, become a real liability.
Journalist and former Miss Ireland, Amanda Brunker, has been just as frank as Dolly Parton about her relationship with her "twin girls", as she calls them. And in last weekend's Sunday World, she spoke with her usual full-blown honesty about her decision to finally bring them back to a manageable size. Amanda joins Derek in studio today to talk about her decision to undergo a breast reduction operation next month...
Walk in to any book shop and you might well have an avalanche of autobiographies looking down at you from the shelves. From Twink to Mary Byrne, Charlie Bird to Katie Price (who has written five autobiographies!) ... do any of them ever get read at all - or are any good to begin with? We asked Donal O'Donoghue, Features Editor with the RTÉ Guide, to come in today to talk us through the best and worst of autobiographies!
Hedgerows and the Law
Hedgerows in Ireland form important features in maintaining wildlife diversity and in establishing wildlife "corridors", particularly for birds. The commonest nesting birds found in hedgerows such as wrens, dunnocks, robin and willow warblers depend entirely on insects during the Summer months. In general untrimmed, thorned hedgerows containing species such as blackthorn, whitethorn and holly are favoured by birds as they provide ample food and also serve as a protection against predators.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act, 1976, as amended by Section 46 of the 2000 Act, provides protection for hedgerows by providing that it shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions. It is important that, where possible, necessary work to hedgerows is carried out outside this period.
It is possible in most cases to schedule and carry out necessary work to hedgerows outside this period. The legislation makes provision for works (other than road or other construction works) to be carried out for reasons of public health and safety under the authority of any Minister or a body established by statute that lead to the destruction of vegetation. There is also a provision to enable the Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government to request from the relevant Minister or body details of any such works together with a statement of the public health and safety factors involved.
It shall not be an offence to destroy vegetation in the ordinary course of agriculture or forestry. Also it shall not be illegal to destroy vegetation while preparing or clearing a site for lawful building or construction works.
It is the policy of the Minister to prosecute for offences under section 40 of the Wildlife Acts 1976 and 2000 and successful prosecutions have been taken under this section in recent years. Members of the public are encouraged to contact their local wildlife ranger and report instances where hedgerows are being destroyed during the prohibited period.
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