Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
Since Laser Eye Surgery was introduced to Ireland in the late 80s it has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Irish citizens. People can finally throw away their glasses and contact lenses and experience 20/20 vision for the first time.
Many people are quite squeamish about eyes, and don’t like the thought of people, even surgeons, ‘touching’ their eyes – but do have serious respect for the skills that many of these surgeons have with a laser beam, because eyes are such small, intricate and important organs.
It’s one thing operating on an adult’s eyes, but imagine trying to do laser surgery on a tiny baby’s eyes?! But think even smaller than that... imagine the tiny little eyeball of a premature baby! How could you possibly operate on a piece of tissue so tiny and delicate as that?
Well we were fascinated to learn that in the last 20 years over a thousand premature babies have had their eyes lasered in Ireland! Katriona McFadden visited Professor Michael O'Keeffe at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street to find out more...
Last week Emma Gollogly from Co Monaghan created quite a stir on the show. She told us that she planned to marry her true love, Thomas Cobine, in September 2014 - but instead of their guests buying presents or giving €200 (apparently the going rate for a wedding), they wanted them to buy a ticket.
The ticket would cost €30 and cover most of the cost of the wedding reception and the music. How would their nearest and dearest react? Would they think it is offensive or a fantastic idea? Have Emma and Thomas started a new trend in weddings? Well Mooney's Matron of Honour. Ms Brenda Donohue, went to Castleblaney to meet the happy couple, and found out about them meeting at the Monaghan Sub-Aqua Club.
The Club has brought out a calendar to raise funds, and you can get hold of one, for €5, by visiting www.golo.ie or the Facebook page of the Monaghan Sub Aqua Underwater Search & Recovery Unit.
In this life, one thing is certain – we will all die. You don’t get a say in when you go, but you might like to have a say in how you go. The vast majority of people in Ireland who die choose to be buried. But a growing number of people are opting for cremation. It’s estimated that between 10 and 12% of people here choose cremation. That’s a very low proportion compared to around 70% in the UK, 99% in Japan and 40% in Germany.
At the moment, in Ireland if you do choose cremation you’d have to travel to Dublin, Cork or Belfast where crematoria are located.
Michele Browne went onto the streets to hear people’s attitudes to being cremated, and Derek is also joined in studio by Galway businessman Tommy Varden, who is trying to get planning permission for a crematorium in Tuam...
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney