Derek Mooney with his unique mix of conversation, information, advice and entertainment
We hear how dangerous atmospheric conditions due to air pollution have led to drastic driving restrictions in Paris. Stylist, fashion journalist and TV presenter Darren Kennedy will be in studio with Derek. And Katriona McFadden goes to Ballymore Eustace in search of a loo with a view!
It's Mooney, it's Wednesday - so it must be time for our Mooney's Wednesday Quiz! And we have a FANTASTIC prize up for grabs today...
Maybe you’re in need of a little 'Spring Break'? Maybe something to look forward to this summer? Well our prize today is a two-night weekend break in the 4-star Imperial Hotel in Cork City!
It's based on two people sharing one room. You'll enjoy breakfast on both mornings, dinner on an evening of your choice in the hotel's Pembroke Restaurant AND spa treatments in their Escape Spa!!
So if that sounds like something you’d like to win, we are looking for three contestants to take part in our Quiz today.
To enter just text your name to 51551 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The quiz will take place just after 4 o'clock today.
You must be over 18 to claim the prize but under 18's can play on your behalf.
We've €1,000 to give away today to save or spend as you please, take a break from your bills, or a make a break to the sun, it's up to you!
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Wednesday, March 19th 2014
True or false: Paris is the capital of France?
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We were all bit fans of Paris in the Springtime last Saturday! But while our boys in Green were doing us proud on the rugby pitch, the City of Light had become the city of SMOG...
Last Friday, Paris' air quality index rose to 185, higher than the world’s most notoriously polluted cities - including Beijing! The authorities introduced a range of emergency measures to deal with the problem, including - for the first time in 20 years - a partial driving ban in the French capital on Monday.
Earlier today, our reporter Katriona McFadden spoke to Professor of the Geography department in NUI Maynooth, John Sweeney, to find out a bit more about smog and air quality in Ireland...
We're joined in studio by Michael Sheridan, Motoring Correspondent with RTÉ Online, to try and find out how common it is that motoring restrictions are introduced around the world when high levels of pollution are present in the atmosphere... and we're also joined from Paris by Siobhan Silke, journalist with France 24...
The documentary that Derek mentioned is called Inside Rolls-Royce and Boodles and is on Channel 4 tomorrow night at 9pm. For more information, visit www.channel4.com/programmes/inside-rolls-royce-and-boodles.
Join Mooney in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday, May 10th 2014. The party takes place in the Circle Club.
If you want to be there, all you have to do is tell us in not more than forty words why you and a friend or friends LOVE the Eurovision. All entrants/attendees must be over 18. If you are lucky enough to receive a golden invitation to our EUROVISION GREEN ROOM you will get to see all the action as it happens live from Copenhagen.
March is the month for mothers. That's why we here on Mooney want to make this coming Mother's Day extra special for yours. Mooney, the Sunday World and americanholidays.com are giving you the chance to win a Royal Carribean International Cruise for your mammy and a friend!
Whilst onboard they'll enjoy dazzling West End style shows, relax in the spa, or take shore leave in the Bahamas. To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is enter!
All you have to do to nominate your mammy for this fabulous prize is simply upload a picture of your mammy and tell us in a few short words why she’s the best! Click here to enter! The closing date is TOMORROW, March 20th 2014 at 16:00.
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We often tell you that you can 'contact us about anything at all' - and you do! You tell us about the wildlife you’ve seen, sometimes you tell us how great we are, sometimes you tell us how terrible we are – whatever it is, we LOVE to hear your thoughts.
But we must admit, we REALLY like it when an e-mail is a little 'unusual', or 'queer'! Like Grania Glancy’s!
A couple of weeks ago Derek was on holidays, and Shay Byrne was in the hotseat. He wondered out loud if anyone in Ireland had clear glass in their bathroom.
And Grania texted in to say: "yes, I have a 'loo with a view' – and yes, people can look in!"
So our Katriona McFadden rang her - and Grania said 'come on down to Ballymore Eustace, and I’ll show you my loo with a view…' - we hear today how she got on!
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