We meet the entrepreneur who’s going from strength to strength since his appearance on Dragon's Den. Find out how unsuspecting wedding guests can end up marrying couples when the solemniser drops out. And Derek asks whatever happened to going Dutch at dinner when it comes to picking up the tab in post-feminist Ireland?
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.
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Going Dutch, paying your way, 50/50 - we have been discussing splitting bills on the show for the past few days. Derek mentioned a story that a friend of his told him - he had gone on four dinner dates with a woman and she NEVER offered to pay, she just either went to the toilet or starting texting on her phone when the bill was put down on the table.
Derek asked whether this this ok? Was it normal? Who is expected to pay on a first date?
Brenda Donohue has been delving a little deeper into this and hearing some people's experiences but we have had plenty of reaction ourselves to this dating dilemma.
Would you assume your date would pay for the bill if he or she had asked you on the date? Or would you always insist on going halves? Let us know - e-mail email@example.com, text 51551 (whilst the show is on air), or tweet us @MooneyShow.
Brenda went to the Brassiere 66 restaurant on South Great George's St in Dublin, to meet diners and find out who's paying for the date, and to have a chat with Elaine Nolan, Manager of Brassiere 66...
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Dragon's Den is back on our screens again, helping to give entrepreneurs a hand-up with their new ideas. And it is precisely two years since we met Dragon's Den competitor Jason O'Reilly. When two mentors decided to invest in his business, the emotion all got too much for him.
Now Jason’s company is a familiar name to listeners of Mooney. Each week on Mooney’s Monday Quiz we give away a "Mooney PRIDE watch", thanks to Jason whose company is 'Pride Watches', based in Virginia, Co Cavan.
Jason's pitch to the Dragons
Jason joins us in studio today with an update on how his watch business has developed since we first met him - including a very special deal with the soccer game Subbuteo...
And Jason mentioned that all watches are half-price until the end of the week if you mention that you are a Mooney listener!
The Wedding March is one of the most popular entrance songs for couples getting married, especially in churches. But would you hear it at a humanist wedding? Our Mooney Goes Wild reporter Terry Flanagan may be able to tell us because he’s going to a non-religious service on Friday. Terry is a guest but he could well end up officiating at the service...
His niece is getting married in a hotel on Friday in a humanist service. A couple of weeks ago Terry's niece asked if he would stand in for the solemniser - if he doesn't turn up.
Terry is in studio today and says he’s honoured to be asked. He doesn’t yet know what he’d have to do. And he doesn’t know if it would be legal.
To help answer some of those questions, we're also joined in studio by Brian Whiteside, Director of Ceremonies with the Humanist Association of Ireland...
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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