From Rihanna to Rita Ora; from Carly Rae Jepson to Kelly Clarkson - we find out why women are doing so well in the Pop charts. Following news that a bank clerk mistakenly gave a pensioner millions of euros, we hear about some of the other mistakes that have been made in the workplace and we find out why there are no nudist beaches in Ireland all on Mooney today at 3PM.
With all this recent good weather lots of Irish people have been stripping off but we ask how come we haven't a nudist beach in Ireland? Pat Gallagher, head of the Irish Naturist Association joins us in studio to discuss the topic in more.
Female music stars are top of their game ahead of men but how come men in suits are controlling the music industry while female artists are breaking waves in the charts. Una Mullaly, music journalist with The Irish Times joins Shay & Brenda in studio to discuss the topic in more detail.
Ruairi Mc Kiernan is a young man who as he says is ‘hitching for hope’, he is armed with his tent, some clothes, his laptop and mobile phone. He is spending the month of July on the road, hitching about. The idea for the trip came after he was asked to speak at the MacGill Summer School on the theme of citizens’ views of the republic, he didn’t feel qualified to talk without first connecting deeper into people's dreams for Ireland.
Ask yourself, have you ever dozed off at work? What is the worst thing you have ever done at your desk, or place of employment. Our reporter Pat O'Mahony has been looking at some of the biggest blunders in the workplace and speaks to Shay today in more detail.
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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