We speak to a Disability Rights campaigner who visited so-called "death clinics" around Europe. Would her experiences change her mind on the emotional and controversial issue of assisted suicide? And Brenda Donohue meets the couple who've given up their jobs and are travelling Europe in a camper van!
Hollywood actor and former Galway resident Martin Sheen is an ardent campaigner against assisted death.
We’ve spoken frequently on the programme over the years about end-of-life decisions. We’ve interviewed doctors and various spokespeople about HOW sick people should die and what control they should be allowed over their own death.
And we’re all going to 'go' someday, so it’s an interesting debate to have.
There was a very 'thought-provoking' radio documentary on the BBC World Service recently about this very subject. It was entitled When Assisted Death Is Legal and the presenter was British comedienne, actress and disability rights campaigner Liz Carr.
She travelled to the five countries in the world where assisted death is legal, namely Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, and the States of Oregon and Washington in the United States.
It was a fascinating documentary, especially as Liz is a campaigner AGAINST assisted suicide in the UK. She wanted to visit these other places to see if she is right to be concerned and could anything change her mind.
She joins Derek from the BBC studios in London to tell us what she uncovered... For more information about the documentary, visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p014dkq5.
Today we bring you the story of our very own Tom and Barbara Good, who have decided to cut themselves loose from the shackles of work and mortgage payments and head – literally – for the hills…
From the banks of the river Blackwater, on the 4th of May this year, June Molloy Vladicka and her husband Arunas are setting off on a trip of a life time…
They will head through the highways and byways of Europe. They will stop off in destinations as various as Glastonbury and Seville, the Champagne region of France and Lake Garda of Italy. Final destination - Adakavas in Lithuania.
And their home for the next – unspecified – period time of their lives… a splendid 1998 Mercedes Sprinter
They brought the camper van into RTÉ, where Brenda Donohue had a nose around... To read their blog about preparing for the journey, visit www.myfoododyssey.com.
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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