Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
Karl Deeter from Irish Mortgage Brokers on the current state of the mortgage industry. And, why he was compelled to design a unique locking system for his own wheelie bins! Brenda Donohue reports on a novel approach to making the arts accessible to the people of Wicklow: the Dunlavin culture bus! And Katrina McFadden examines what to do, and what not to do, if you intend proposing on St Valentine's Day...
We are less than 36 hours away from the most ‘Wonderful’, ‘Blissful’ and ‘Romantic’ day of the year – or is it?!
Shops are full of ‘red’, ‘rosey’ St. Valentine's Day cards… Flowers have been imported by the tonne-load... Lingerie and jewellery shops experience one of their busiest weeks of the year... Restaurants are booked out… and Off-Licenses report increased wine sales.
And sometimes, in the midst of all that heady love and passion, three little words are said…..
“I love you”
Followed up by four little words…
“Will You Marry Me?”
But it’s important that it’s done right, ESPECIALLY on Valentines Day.
Katriona McFadden goes out and about to find out how couples have proposed, and gives examples from The Huffington Post on the top dos and don'ts of proposing on St. Valentine's Day! To read their tips, click here.
Last Thursday, we premiered the five acts who will vie to represent Ireland at Eurovision 2013. The winning act will be decided on during Eurosong 2013 on The Late Late Show on Friday, February 22. Today, we hear again Crashing Down, performed by Aimée Fitzpatrick (written by Robert Grace; mentor: Mark McCabe).
Since the introduction of bin charges in recent years, there has been a sneaky nasty habit creeping into neighbourhoods with not-so-nice people living next door. If you are unlucky, you may have had the displeasure of having people dumping their rubbish in your bins – including smelly nappies in your Green Bin. It is a habit that has annoyed Karl Deeter, from Irish Mortgage Brokers, so much that he has an devised an improvised locking system for wheelie bins!
Today, he joins Derek in studio to chat about his experience of anti-social behaviour, how to make bin locks - and of course all things mortgage-related! So if you have any questions that you would like to put to Karl, then e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, tweet us @MooneyShow, or from 3pm you can call us on 1850 715 900 or text us on 51551.
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