On Wednesday Kate & William, the Duchess & Duke of Cambridge will christen their three month old son, Prince George. When William was christened 31 years ago his godparents included the former King Constantine the second of Greece, Princess Alexandra and the Duchess of Westminister although this week’s ceremony will be a different affair, with non royal godparents being chosen for the royal baby.
Noel Cunningham (pictured above), our own 'Royal Correspondent' spoke to Derek about godparents.
A Canadian doctor says he wants doctors to take a radical re-think on their approach to medicine, focusing on preventing illness rather than treating it. He says that all we need to do is get people to live smart to stay healthy. Dr. Louis Francescutti, gave a keynote speech at a symposium for the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland & spoke to Derek earlier today.
Dr Louis Francescutti pictured above (www.drlou.ca).
You know the saying 'No one knows what happens behind closed doors', well Brenda met an author this morning who has made it his business to know what happened behind the closed doors of Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin & he has written a book called 'Lives Less Ordinary'
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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Presenter: Derek Mooney