Is the queue for your local sandwich bar becoming a place of tension, rivalry and bickering? Brenda explores the new phenomenon of sandwich etiquette. We find out more about RTÉ Radio 1's award-winning documentary strand, Doc On One. And Channel 4 news reporter Paraic O'Brien talks to Derek about the distressing experience of reporting on people living underground in the sewers of Bucharest...
Brenda Donohue visits sandwich shop Savoury Fair, in Athlone, to find out more about our sandwich etiquette!
Brenda with Des Hennelly in Savoury Fair in Athlone
If you watch Channel 4 News regularly, you'll probably be familiar with one of its most dedicated reporters, Paraic O'Brien (left). He is a native of Ballinasloe, County Galway. But over the last few years, he's been at the forefront of some of the most significant news reports on British television, including a very brave exposé from inside the ranks of the notorious English defence league.
Paraic recently travelled to Bucharest, Romania, to report on an underworld which many people will be shocked exists in the 21st-century. Deep under the streets of Bucharest, there is a network of tunnels and sewers that is home to hundreds of men, women and children, stricken by drug abuse, HIV and TB. If you visit www.channel4.com/news/romania-tunnels-bucharest-orphans-photo, you can read more about this, and view some clips into this harrowing existence.
Paraic O'Brien joins us this afternooon from the BBC studios in London to explain more...
RTÉ is often accused of blowing its own trumpet, but there are times when this self-praise. Last week, the prestigious annual New York Festivals International Radio Program Awards were announced and once again RTÉ did itself proud, winning 23 awards, a phenomenal amount.
We're joined in studio by RTÉ documentary producer, Ronan Kelly, whose own documentaries have won numerous awards, including a couple at this year’s New York Festivals...
We are organising a singles night out for our listeners who are over 35! The where and when is still being finalised, but if you are interested in joining in the fun, then send us an e-mail! Let us know your age, gender, and if you are single. You must be available to travel to the venue at your own expense. Please send your e-mail to email@example.com, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!
Earlier this year, we launched our competition to find Ireland's newest child star. The competition was open to boys and girls who were aged 10 years old or under. We asked you to record a piece that was no more than three minutes long, and e-mail it in to us.
The finalists, in no particular order, are:
- Hannah Kinsella (9 years old, from Lucan, Co. Dublin) with Pushover
- Nikki Brown (8 years old, from Saggart, Co. Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind
- Anna Lily Fox (6 years old, from Ballinalee, Co. Longford) with a Johnny Cash medley
- Laoise Farrell (9 years old, from Ogonnolloe. Co. Clare) with The Call
- Alannah Bermingham (10 years old, from Kilmacud, Dublin) with Colours Of The Wind
The date for the final will be announced shortly and the winner will perform at our Christmas Mooney Tunes concert.
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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If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie
Presenter: Derek Mooney