On Mooney this afternoon (with Olan McGowan),
A personal story of how debt can be overwhelming ;
how the new insolvency laws will affect people in debt;
why kids as young as 5 are being suspended from school in the United States because they choose to play with toy guns...
Paul Carroll from Neo Financial Solutions is in studio to talk about his new Personal Insolvency Guide which can be downloaded here:
Andrea Smith tells her own story of how her dream unravelled and she fell on hard times
In the United States in the last few weeks a number of children have been suspended or reprimanded for playing with toy guns. Lenore Skenazy reports.
Meteorological Society Custom House lecture
Tomorrow evening (Thursday) in the Custom House in Dublin there is a fascinating public lecture by Dinah Molloy who has recently received an M.Sc. in Polar Studies through the Scott Polar Research Institute in Cambridge University.
The lecture is being hosted by The Irish Meteorological Society whose secretary is our own Evelyn Cusack and Evelyn has asked me to invite anyone interested to come along.
The name of the talk is 'Thar She Blows: A Whaler’s Fortuitous Legacy'
Dinah will tell about her research into the meteorological treasures buried in British whaling logs of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Over the last ten years she has been investigating non-instrumental, historical weather reports concealed in Arctic whaling logs within the period 1750 to 1850 and especially a group of British Arctic whaling logs between 1810 and 1820.
Dinah will discuss the use of this data in current climate research.
The talk will be held in the Custom House, Dublin on Thursday, 21 February and will commence at 6.15pm.
All are welcome and admission free but you must book at http://www.irishmetsociety.org/
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