We speak to Devon Harris, a member of the Jamaican Bobsleigh team whose exploits at the Winter Olympics in 1988 were made famous in the film Cool Runnings. Motoring correspondent Michael Sheridan talks about clocking cars, and reporter Brenda Donohue finds out about a Jack Russell dog in Wicklow whose developed a very close friendship with a cat!
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Yesterday, on Mooney's Monday Quiz, one of our contestants was called Ger Thunder! And we thought, what an unusual and wonderful surname! So we would like to gather together as many people who have the surname Thunder, and as many with the surname Lightning, as we can! If your surname is either Thunder or Lightning, get in touch with us: email@example.com.
Tom and Jerry never got on this well!
Yesterday, listener Wanda Bourne sent us in this thirty-second video that just has to be seen to be believed. When you watch it, you'll rub your eyes and say "am I correct in what I’m looking at?!"
You see, what was on Wanda's video was her ten-year-old terrier dog Millie, and one of her four-year-old cats, called Indi (after Indiana Jones). Now Indi was contentedly suckling Millie. Indi the cat was having a right good old suckle on Millie – yes, a cat was receiving milk from a dog!
Is this possible? Is it a freak of nature? Is it commonplace? Are Millie and Indi a one-off? Well to answer some of these questions and to find out a little bit more, Brenda showed the video to our very Andrew Byrne, who was in studio yesterday, and she got his take on it...
Brenda visited Wanda in her home in Goldenfort, in Co. Wicklow, to see this most unusual phenomenon with her own eyes...
Wanda with Millie the dog and her cats
Brenda with Wanda, Millie the dog, and the cats
Millie and Indi
Wanda since sent us in a further two videos:
Millie feeding Indi:
And she also told us of the close relationship that both her dog and cats have with her fish!
Wanda's dog Millie and goldfish
Wanda's dog Millie and goldfish
Wanda's cat and goldfish
"Car clocking" is when you change the genuine odometer reading of the car in order to make the car seem like it has driven a shorter distance than it actually has. It may surprise you to learn, that as the law stands right now it is not an offence to clock a car.
In fact, there are even "mileage correction services" which - as one company declares on its website - is a service that "becomes necessary when the mileage on the electronic display differs from the value which you believe to be correct".
However, it is an offense if you go to a car dealership and somebody sells you a car and doesn’t tell you it is clocked. But the actual clocking of the car in itself is ok!
So it is good news for the consumer that a upcoming amendment to the law will for the first time make it an offence to tamper with an odometer.
Motoring Correspondent Michael Sheridan, from RTÉ Online, is in studio to talk about the practice of "clocking" a car...
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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