We hear some of the songs that will represent their countries at Eurovision 2013, and find out what happened when Conor Brady tried to get the Dragons to invest in gourmet dog food!
On today’s Mooney Bank Holiday Special, Paul G joins Derek and Brenda to preview some of the songs taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Amongst the line up is Sweden’s Robin Stjernberg (pictured), who surprised everyone by winning Melodifestivalen 2013 with the song You, and thus will represent Sweden in the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö in May.
We also hear the songs that will represent Austria, Holland, Croatia, Russia, Ireland, Norway, Malta, Armenia, United Kingdom, Finland, France, Spain and Belarus.
For more on Eurovision 2013 click here: www.eurovision.tv/page/malmo-2013.
It was all drama on Dragon’s Den (in association with Bank of Ireland) last night. There was cloak and there was dagger and there were tactics fit for Machiavelli himself… Zoologist and canine nutritionist Dr. Conor Brady was pitching his gourmet dog food business to the dragons. And then, Gavin Duffy stunned everybody by questioning the morality of the business. Some of the Dragons were surprised, to say the least, with Gavin’s moral dilemma. But then, just when we think it is all over and all by one Dragon were out, the strangest thing happened - Gavin revealed that his previous comments were merely a ploy to get the best possible deal!
Conor Brady, Managing Director of Dogs First, joins Derek in studio to tell us what he made of it all! For more information about the business, visit www.dogsfirst.ie.
Dragons' Den is on Sundays at 9.30pm on RTÉ One - for more information about the series, and to play the Sixth Dragon, visit www.rte.ie/tv/dragonsden. To watch the episode again on the RTÉ Player, click here.
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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