Should the topless models on Page 3 of the Sun finally get consigned to history, as a 1970s relic? We hear about the campaign to the page 3 phenomena. And Dermot O'Neill is in to answer all of your gardening queries!
Today, February 13th, is UNESCO World Radio Day — a day to "celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international co-operation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves".
RTÉ Radio 1 will broadcast specially recorded inserts from a range of personalities, reflecting on the power of radio. You can get a sample of the inserts here www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tE1rV5OFjs.
The TV series that followed gardener Dermot O’Neill’s restoration of 'Clondeglass', his 19th century Victorian Walled Garden near the Slieve Bloom mountains, was a fantastic success. But the series had an added parallel story that wasn’t intended when, at the time of the shooting, Dermot learned that he had stomach cancer…
Thankfully Dermot has made a complete recovery, and today he is here to tell us about the new six-part series of Dermot’s Secret Garden that that is going to start on RTÉ One tomorrow night…
Dermot’s Secret Garden is broadcast on Thursdays at 7pm on RTÉ One - for more information, visit www.rte.ie/tv/dermotssecretgarden.
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 22nd. Today, we hear again Fire, performed by Zoë Alexis Bohorquez (written by Lauren White, Niall Mooney & Willie Weeks; mentor: Niall Mooney).
Sometimes it can just be too much hassle to head out to the theatre, an art gallery or an exhibition. You have to find parking, the bus stop is too far away from the venue - or you are just hooked on the latest gripping storyline in Fair City!
Excuses, excuses, excuses... well a group from Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow have come up with a novel way of keeping in touch with the arts. They all travel together on the Dunlavin Culture Bus, and last week they headed up to Dublin to check out at the Natural History Museum and the latest IMMA exhibition (at the NCH). Brenda caught the bus to find out more about the Wicklow culture vultures!
In 1970, a British institution - the topless Page 3 girl - first appeared in the Sun newspaper. Her name was Stefanie Rahn, and she was pictured semi-nude on Page 3 on November 17, 1970, just over 42 years ago.
Needless to say, the intervening four decades have seen another massive cultural shift. And many people see the whole page 3 phenomenon as completely anachronistic, inappropriate and definitely not in keeping with the times.
Well, those people will have been heartened by the news today that Rupert Murdoch, who owns the Sun newspaper, might actually feel the same way. He has dropped a major hint that the topless Page 3 model might be a thing of the past!
Laura is part of the "No More Page 3" campaign, and she joins Derek on the line today from London... If you'd like to find out more information about the campaign, then you can visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NoMorePage3.
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