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    Environmentalist and TV presenter Duncan Stewart gives us some water saving tips. With burglaries on the rise, we hear about a new facility which will keep your valuables safe, we find out how Steve Collins Jr got on in his recent boxing fights, and Michael Doherty tells us why older women are flourishing in Hollywood!

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    Steve Collins Junior

    A few weeks ago, we spoke to the son of former World Champion Steve Collins, who was about to make his professional boxing debut.  Well since then, Steve Collins Junior has had not only one but two professional fights tucked under his belt, and he joins us on the line today to tell us all about the fights!

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    Safety Deposit Boxes

    Have you jewelry or important documents, share certificates, rare coins, precious metals that you don’t want to keep at home? Burglaries are on the rise, after all.

    Up to now, you might have considered keeping these valuable possessions in the bank. But all the Irish banks have now ceased offering safety deposit boxes, and existing clients are being asked to remove their valuables.

    Seamus Fahy (and his business partner David Walsh) have set up the country's first independent private vault in Dublin. Their company is called Merrion Private Vaults, and Seamus joins Derek in studio today to tell us why they felt an independent vault was needed!

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    Our Water Footprint

    Think tanks around the world that have projected that there could be wars within decades over struggles to access water supplies.

    We use far more water than we realise, and freshwater – no more than fossil fuels – is not a limitless resource. Yes freshwater is continuously generated in the water cycle, but this is limited and is not always useable. When you add population growth and changes in consumption patterns are considered, we need to use water more efficiently..

    So how do you do that? Today we are looking at a new term to hit the streets - the water footprint – and if you are not familiar with it you can probably guess that it indicates the direct or indirect consumption of water need to keep you going. Environmentalist Duncan Stewart is very familiar with the issue of water shortages, and he joins Derek in studio today with advice on how to limit our water footprint...

    For more information, visit the websites for Imagine All The Water (www.imagineallthewater.eu/EN) and Generation Awake (www.generationawake.eu/en).

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    Older Women In Hollywood

    She might be 67 years of age, but the advanced years don't stop Helen Mirren kicking ass in her latest role. In RED2, she joins fellow Hollywood veterans Bruce Willis and John Malkovich in another comic book spy caper.

    Helen Mirren in RED2

    But Helen Mirren doesn't just kick ass on the big screen. She packs a powerful punch as well in terms of the fees she charges for movie roles.

    And she's just one of a group of older women in Hollywood who are keeping their younger counterparts in the shade.

    Michael Doherty is film correspondent for the RTÉ Guide, and he's in studio with a look at the rise and rise of the older woman in Hollywood!

    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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