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    Mooney, Friday August 15th 2014

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    On Mooney Goes Wild today...

    It's the big wind debate! Will wind turbines provide the answer to all of our clean energy needs, or is the potential overstated? How do windfarms interact with Ireland's wild bird population? And, if not wind power, then what other alternatives for Ireland's energy future?

    That's all on Mooney Goes Wild, this afternoon from 3pm, on RTÉ Radio 1.

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    The Big Wind Debate!

    Nature, as we all know, is a powerful force. And we have learned, as a species, that our best bet is to try to harvest the forces of nature, for our own benefit.

    Of all of the forces of nature, man has embraced wind energy to great effect for many thousands of years. From the earliest known sailing boats, around 5000 years ago, to the very first wind wheel, apparently developed by the Greek engineer Heron of Alexandria in the first century AD.

    Heron's Wind Wheel

    In more recent history, we know that windmills have provided a practical source of power in traditional agriculture. Indeed, the word "windmill" derives from the fact that those familiar wind sails, dotting the European landscape, were primarily used for milling grain, for food production.

    The Dutch went on to develop wind technology further, using the power of windmills to pump seawater over levees, and reclaim vast amounts of land from the sea. And to this day, those windmills are a treasured part of the Dutch landscape.

    Well, closer to home...

    For the last two decades so, the rotating blades of wind turbines have become a familiar sight across the Irish landscape. But whether they are treasured or not by the Irish public is still a matter of some debate.

    And that's exactly what we are doing today! Debating the place of wind power in Ireland, and our attitudes to it...

    So what about the people who live in close proximity to windfarms? What's their perspective? How do they feel about these giants becoming an inescapable part of their landscape?

    Earlier today, Mooney producer Fergus Sweeney travelled to Wexford, to the town of Bunclody, which is earning the nickname "the windy city", because of the increasing prevalence of wind turbines in the local environment. We hear their views on the turbines...

    And Derek has a full panel in studio today. In addition to Mooney Goes Wild regulars Eanna ni Lamhna and Dr. Richard Collins, Derek is also joined by Paula Byrne (PRO of Wind Aware Ireland), Kevin O'Rourke (Head of Low Carbon Technologies Unit at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland), Dr. Michael Connolly (Environmental Consultant and former lecturer who opposes wind farms) and Kenneth Matthews (CEO of the Irish Wind Energy Association).

    The two reports that Derek referred to are Dr. Michael Connolly's Yellow River Wind Farm Assessment of Environmental Impact Statement, and SEAI's Quantifying Ireland’s Fuel and CO2 Emissions Savings from Renewable Electricity in 2012.

    Mooney's Singers In The Shower

    The winner of MOONEY's Singing in the Shower competition will get a Voucher from TileStyle worth €2500.

    TileStyle is a one stop shop, offering a vast selection of high quality Bathrooms, Tiles, Stone, Wood Flooring and Paint. TileStyle is open 7 days a week and is conveniently located just off the M50 at Exit10. Their highly trained team is available to offer any advice or assistance you might need. Meet them here or drop into the stunning showroom. To find out more visit www.tilestyle.ie

    To enter, all you have to do is make an audio recording of yourself singing in the shower. (If you do this during your daily wash you will not waste water).

    Send your audio recording, not to exceed one minute in duration, along with your name and contact number to mooney@rte.ie. Please do not send recordings of original compositions. Click here to read terms and conditions for RTÉ.ie and click here to read competition terms and conditions.

    Entry to the competition confirms your acceptance of these terms and conditions. 

    The prize for Ireland's Best Singer in the Shower, as decided by our panel of judges, will be announced on Mooney. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

    Please note that if you submit a recording, RTÉ reserve the right to use this material as it sees fit in accordance with the terms and conditions for rté.ie. 

     

    Singles Night Out!

    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 mooney@rte.ie, with the subject line 'Singles Night Out'. And keep listening for further information!

    Search For A Child Star Finalists

    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.

    To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.

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    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.

    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

     

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