Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
The ongoing saga of love locks on the Ha’penny Bridge Here today – gone tomorrow – whatever happens to TV talent show winners?And what if we could cycle all the way from Dublin to Galway?
If you were listening yesterday you’d have heard us discuss the problem of ‘love locks’ on Dublin’s iconic Ha’penny Bridge over the River Liffey that links Temple Bar with Liffey Street.
Anyone who’s crossed the bridge over the past two years will undoubtedly have spotted these numerous clumps of padlocks securely locked to the rails and overhead arches on the bridge.
These so called “love locks” are being put there by couples as a very public symbol of their love for each other.
Brenda give Derek an update on the locks and they speak to Siobhan Silke from France 24 about the problem in Paris. See her pictures below.
As cycling grows in popularity around the country, more and more people are opting to get up on their bike..
And a man who is leader of all things green Eamon Ryan is in with us today to discuss the possibility of a National Bike Route from Galway to Dublin.
If you’re a fan of TV talent show’s you’ll know that Tyrone singer, 27 year old partially-sighted Andrea Begley, mentored by The Script’s Danny O’Donoghue, won the BBC's The Voice over the weekend.
Andrea is now putting her master’s degree in law on hold after bagging herself the top prize of a record deal with Universal worth up to £1million.
And did you see how Andrea’s win visibly upset the Black Eyed Peas Will.I.Am who was looking after the beaten hot favourite Leah McFall, also from Northern Ireland? What was THAT all about?
But now certain fame and fortune awaits Andrea. Or does it? Pat O Mahony is in studio to chat about the winners and losers in TVs Talent shows.
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