Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
Derek meets the secret artist who's literally giving it away for free! He talks to the businessman who's found a solution to the problem of the lost sock. And solicitor Gerald Kean drops in for a chat...
The man sitting in front of Derek today could be described as the epitome of sartorial elegance. However, a couple of weeks ago he attended the Eminem concert at Slane and some people seemed to suggest he was dressing a little younger than his age - according to the The Irish Mail On Sunday, he appeared to be attempting to "embrace his inner rapper"!
Celebrity legal eagle Gerald Kean joins us in studio today...
The big finale of RTÉ’s The Hit takes place TOMORROW! Presented by Nicky Byrne and Aidan Power, The Hit is the latest music reality show format – and it’s been doing relatively well, with a quarter of a million people tuning in each week.
And that’s just in Ireland. It’s about to travel around the world!
If you were listening yesterday, you'll have heard Philip Kampff, who is the creator of The Hit and the owner of Vision Independent Productions, as did Declan Jones, who is the Head of Development with Vision Independent Productions, and whose job on The Hit was to listen to and whittle down the 1000 songs received into the show...
Today, we'll play all six songs!
To find out how to download Mundy's Jigsaw Man and Finbar Furey's The Last Great Love Song, visit www.rte.ie/tv/voting/thehitdownload.
Mooney Tunes 9, with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, will take place at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on December 16th; the close of applications for stories from listeners is September 30th. Visit www.rte.ie/mooney to find out how to submit your choice of music and accompanying story!
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