Richard Downes is back from Washington after reporting there as the Washington Correspondent for RTE for the past three and half years, he is now reporting with Prime Time and spoke to Derek about his time abroad.
Mark fell from a second story window in 2010 and that fall left him paralysed from the waist down. 12 years earlier at the age of 22, he lost his sight. Mark Pollock, has a Bionic Walking Suit which aids him to walk.
Halloween is upon us now and children all over Ireland are getting their costumes ready to go out knocking on doors in hope of gathering great bags of sweets and other goodies. But I'm told that this year it's more a case of "trunk or treat" rather than "trick or treat".
Our own Michael Lawless went out to Dogstrust to find out how people should look after they're animals on Halloween night.
Heated floors & 24 hour care, a nice home even for a dog.
All of these lovely animals are ready to be homed, click here to find out more.
We hear from Michael Kiely as the new mentors for next year's Eurovision are announced.
Ryan Dolan pictured above at Malmo last year.
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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