We're looking for your ideas for Minister Leo Varadker on growing tourism in Ireland. Brenda gets an update from the Mooney Show wedding couple and 15 years to the day from when they officially formed, we get the lowdown on life for some of those who missed out on a career in Westlife
This year we have seen the Government’s Gathering initiative unfold. The good news is that figures are up – by over 6 per cent in the first 5 months of 2013 compared to the same period last year. That translates as 2 and a half MILLION visits to this little island so far this year.
So is it the case that The “Gathering” is gathering momentum?
Two years ago, and only a month in office, Dr. Leo Varadkar, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, came into this very studio and responded to your calls and emails about what needed to be done to get this country’s tourism back up and running…
And he has come back in today to take more of your ideas from you… and to tell us about how his whether his ambitions for the Tourism Sector while he is in office are on target!!!
Brenda gets an update from the Mooney Show wedding couple
They became the biggest boyband in the world – Westlife of course. It all started for the 5 boys on this day 15 years ago and the hits like Unbreakable, Flying Without Wings and Uptown Girl just kept coming, one after another.
But if we rewind just a little earlier a boyband called I.O.You with a song called Together Forever Girl.
The man who actually owns that song is Aidan Mannion, who runs The Record Room, a music store in Sligo.
Aidan tells Derek the story of how I.O.You became Westlife
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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