Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment.
On today's programme Motoring correspondent Michael Sheridan on the continuing decline in car sales in 2013.
Prof Desmond O’Neill explains the new guidelines brought out by the Road Safety Authority lay down the law on who can or cannot hit the road.
And we meet the advocate offering media training to the children of gay parents.
New car sales are down nearly 19% on January last year. Does it mean that the new number plate system isn't working or could there be other reasons why sales of new cars are down. Michael Sheridan, Motoring Correspondent with the RTÉ Guide is in studio.
It seems like a no brainer that you need to be medically fit to get behind the wheel of a car and new guidelines brought out by the Road Safety Authority lay down the law on who can or cannot hit the road.
Prof Desmond O’Neill, Director of the National Programme Office for Traffic Medicine, and Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine at Tallaght Hospital, is in studio to give us the detail.
PUBLIC MEETING - Driving Safely with a Medical Condition is a public meeting taking place in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland on Friday 22 February 2013 at 6.30pm. It will focus on medical fitness to drive. All welcome.
An advertisement in the Gay Community News newspaper from the Marriage Equality advocacy group offers free media training to the children of gay parents! Katriona McFadden investigates.
Marriage Equality are organising a training day for young people with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) parents. With a specialist media trainer, participants will learn how to share their stories in newspapers, on the radio and on television.
Training will be held at The Office of the Ombudsman for Children (Millenium House, 52-56 Great Strand St, Dublin 1, near the Jervis Luas stop) on Saturday, February 9 from 10am to 2pm. Lunch will be provided and if participants are not based in Dublin, Marriage Equality are happy to cover travel expenses within Ireland.
If you are over 18, have LGBT parent(s), want to share your story and make an important difference in the campaign for equality for all families, call 01-873 4183 or email email@example.com to reserve your place.
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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