Personal Finance columnist Jill Kerby will be in studio with advice on what to do with the property you invested in during the good times. An Irishwoman abroad gives Derek a glimpse behind the curtain at life in Russia. And Brenda Donohue revisits the happy story of a young man who has grown up between two cultures – his birth place in Romania and his adoptive home in Mayo...
Derek chats to Brenda Donohue about his favourite TV shows: 'Off Their Rockers' (which was on last night), and Channel 4's 'First Dates', which is on tonight...
If you're lucky enough to own property in Ireland that isn't in negative equity, good for you. If you’ve a number of properties and you’re not too bothered about the second homes tax and water charges, better still. Your investment here may well provide you with a nest egg in retirement or you might have a nice little inheritance for someone close to you.
Now, what if you own property abroad. Many Irish people were forced to emigrate to the United States or Britian in the 70's and 80's and returned to live here in the boom years. Some may have cashed in on foreign assets upon moving back home, but many others might have held onto their investments.
Jill Kerby is a Personal Finance columnist with The Sunday Times. And Jill has been receiving letters recently from Irish people who are experiencing problems with foreign based investments – property, stocks and shares, bonds, even life assurance policies. And she's got bad news for people who lived and worked in the US with a Green Card... She joins Derek in studio today to explain why...
For more information about Jill, and read some of her articles, visit www.jillkerby.ie.
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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.
It's the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area and spanning nine time zones from Eastern Europe to Northern Asia.
Russia is nothing if not epic in size. Its' history is epic - from the czars, through the Russian Revolution, Lenin, Stalin, gulags and glasnost. Russian stories are epic - like War And Peace, Crime And Punishment and the amazing Doctor Zhivago. The word 'epic' also springs to mind when we think of Russian composers: Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff and the great Tchaikovsky.
In the west, Russian people have long been stereotyped as harsh, aggressive, even dour - from the baddies in From Russia With Love to Indiana Jones to Rocky...
But are those stereotypes accurate? To find out more, we're joined from Moscow by Grace Cuddihy, an Irish journalist who has now settled in the Russian capital...
Two years ago on Mooney, our reporter Brenda Donohue interviewed a mother and son, Geraldine and Bryan Minton from Ballinasloe. Now Geraldine had adopted Bryan from Romania in 1991.
Brenda Donohue with Bryan Minton and his family
If you cast you mind back to the early 1990s, you will probably remember being moved to tears by TV pictures of Romanian children living in orphanages. Bryan would have ended up in a state orphanage but for the intervention of Geraldine and her husband Dennis.
It was an extraordinary story, and one that brought a huge amount of reaction.
Two years on and Bryan, now a multimedia student in Athlone IT, has been finding out more about himself and his extended family in Romania. Brenda went to Athlone to meet them again.
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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