What would you be prepared to do to achieve fame and fortune? Derek talks to two celebrity wannabees. We hear the story of the New Yorker who pretended to be famous – and as a result – BECAME famous. And if YOU’RE hoping to hit the big time, tune in to Mooney at 3pm to sing live for pop impresario Louis Walsh!!
Back in 1987, Bros wanted to know When Will I Be Famous?, and 26 years later, thousands of teens want to know the same thing. Brenda met two of them, Darragh Reck and Diandra Xavier, to find out why they wanted to achieve fame...
Darragh Reck, Brenda Donohue and Diandra Xavier
The legendary music manager and The X Factor judge Louis Walsh is in studio to chat about the return on The X Factor in two weeks time, why this year will be his last on the show, why he is looking to create a new boyband - and if you would like to come on air and sing for Louis, then send a text to 51551, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet us: @MooneyShow!
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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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
Presenter: Derek Mooney