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    On Mooney today...

    Brenda Donohue finds out if there’s a stigma against wearing second hand clothes, David McWilliams asks whether we've learnt anything from the property boom, and we’ll have the latest news from Nestwatch 2013!

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    NestWatch 2013

    In our Blue Tit nest, in Derek's back garden, we DEFINITELY have seven eggs - but could there be more?

    This screenshot was taken around midday today - have you any more recent screengrabs that show more than seven eggs?  If so, we'd love to see them - please send them to mooney@rte.ie!

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    Kamikaze Capitalism

    The economist who coined the terms "Decklanders" and "Miss Pencil Skirt" – and sometimes credited for the term "Celtic Tiger" - is back with "Kamikaze capitalism".

    David McWilliams is completely depressed about the fact that houses in up-market Dublin are again selling well over the guide prices at auctions while productive SMEs are going to the wall for want of credit, and he joins Derek in studio to explain why he feels we have learnt nothing from the boom and bust of recent years!

    The article "Back to Kamikaze capitalism" appeared on May 20th on http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2013/05/20/back-to-kamikaze-capitalism.

    David’s next book: The Good Room: Why We Ended Up In A Debtors' Prison - And How We Can Break Free, published by Penguin, will be out next week.

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    Hand-Me-Down Clothes

    Would you dress your kids in second hand clothes?

    Is your little darling too good for hand-me-downs, or are you a savvy shopper getting designer labels from the charity shop for next-to-nothing? Kim Kardashian caused a bit of a stir when she said recently when she said that her impending arrival would not be wearing hand-me-downs, only custom-made designer gear. But in these recessionary times, is there still a stigma attached to second-hand shops and clothes?

    Our reporter Brenda Donohue has been rummaging in the rails of Rathmines charity shop Barnados, to check out the business of second-hand kids clothes …

    Hedgerows: It is an offence 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'. For more information, click here.

    UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:

    Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed

    BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted.  It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.

    Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made.  This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.

    The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:

    (a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
    (b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).

    The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.

    BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal.  In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.

    BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.

    If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie

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