Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment.
On Mooney this afternoon, Brenda meets a housewife who's started a campaign against the banks and austerity...
Vet Andrew Byrne tells us why we should follow the UK’s example and introduce micro-chips for all our dogs.
An Icelandic mother goes to Court to earn the right to use her daughter's name.
We’ve news of some the latest technology to help tinnitus sufferers.
Brenda meets a Mullingar mother of six, Linda Raeside, who has started a one-woman crusade to get the powers that be to help the hundreds of thousands of ordinary, hard-working families who are struggling to make ends meet.
She wants homeowners to sign up to her Spartacus letter campaign and ask the banks for mortgage relief.
Her campaign is gaining momentum and yesterday Brenda went to her home in Walshestown, Co Westmeath to met Linda and find out what drives her.
In a bid to get the government and banks to do something, Linda wants as many mortgage-holders as possible to send letters calling for mortgage payment relief in to their banks on February 9. That will coincide with a series of anti-austerity demonstrations taking place across the country on the same day.
She has set up a website from which people can download a template letter, www.spartacusireland.com
Last week we brought you the story of the Icelandic mother who was suing the state to enable her child to use her given name. The name "Blaer" means "light breeze" - and pretty and all as it is - it is only registered as a boy's name. Because of this, Blaer Eidsdottir's can only use the name "Girl" on official documents like her passport - because the name Blaer isn't on the national "Naming Register".
All dogs in the UK will have to be microchipped by 2016. Would this work here? Vet Andrew Byrne is in studio. Dogs Trust in the UK are offering free microchipping. For more details visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21345730
This is Tinnitus Awareness Week. Dr. Ross O'Neill has a degree in Electronic Engineering; a Postgraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering and a PhD in Sensory Substitution. and when he first appeared on the show he told us of the 'MuteButton' device he had invented to re-train the brain to cancel out the tinnitus noise. He is back to give an update on progress with his device.
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