Spring has sprung at last and as the sun shines and the temperature rises, we look at the birds who are starting to build their nests. Fergus Sweeney continues to unravel the mystery of what happened to the silver teapot Charlie gave to Maggie. And Katriona McFadden finds a hidden gem: the museum in Dublin’s Shelbourne Hotel, with stories of the stars who stayed there and the part the ‘Grande Dame of Stephens Green’ has played in Irish history...
The teapot that Charles Haughey gave to Margaret Thatcher
This is a picture of the teapot presented by Charles Haughey to Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street in May 1980. Our producer Fergus Sweeney found the picture in the National Archives in the personal collection of famous silver collector Dr Kurt Ticher.
Information regarding the teapot that Charles Haughey gave to Margaret Thatcher
The print on the back of the photo shows that this is the famous teapot that has entered Irish political folklore. To the best of our knowledge pictures of the teapot were never made public.
Derek's blue tits are back!
The view from inside derek' nest box. Still no bird! But Derek says both the male and female were prospecting this morning!
Derek needed to pop into the Shelbourne Hotel last week, and he got talking to Head Concierge Denis O’Brien. And he said "Did you know, we have a museum here in the Shelbourne?"
So he showed Derek the museum, and told him a bit about the history of the hotel. It was so fascinating that we sent reporter Katriona McFadden along with her tape recorder to find out more!
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