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    Mooney, Wednesday July 31st 2013

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    On Mooney today...

    We pay remember Pat Kenny's RTÉ career in the company of Gay Byrne, Dustin the Turkey and Louis Walsh, singer Shane Filan tells us about life after Westlife, and how much time spent on personal activity is too much? To find out, Derek is joined in studio by Patricia Murray, Occupational Psychologist with the Health and Safety Authority, and bookmaker Paddy Power!

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    Farewell To Pat Kenny

    This lunchtime brought the shock news that Pat Kenny is to leave RTÉ after 41 years, and move to Newstalk.  We remember Pat's ground-breaking work with RTÉ in the company of Gay Byrne, Dustin the Turkey and Louis Walsh!

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    Shane Filan & Louis Walsh

    Shane Filan was just two months old when Pope John Paul II visited Ireland. The youngest of seven children, one of his big breaks was appearing in Grease at the age of 12 with the Sligo Fun Company. His Mum, Mae, worried that her baby, 'Danny Zuko', was a little 'shorter' than Sandra Dee! 

    He had tasted stardom and he didn’t want it to end. In Summerhill College his pals included Kian and Mark. Along with three other friends they formed a boyband called I-O-YOU...

    Mum Mae, badgered Boyzone-manager Louis Walsh: "Look at my son!" she cried – "Isn’t he fantastic?!".

    And Louis had to agree! He plucked Kian, Mark and Shane out of I.O.YOU to form a new boyband... Westlife! 

    Westlife had 14 successful years together, constantly topping charts and selling 50 million records. But, last year, after a sell-out Greatest Hits Tour, they all went their separate ways.

    The next step for Shane is to pursue a solo career - his new single, Everything To Me, will be released in three weeks time, on August 23rd, and today both Shane and Louis Walsh join Derek in studio... 

    To find out more about Shane, visit his website: www.shanefilan.com, and click here: @ShaneFilan to follow Shane on Twitter!

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    Time-Wasting At Work

    If you’re listening to us from your place of work this afternoon, you may be very interested in this!

    A recent survey has found that whilst at work, the average employee spends one hour every day on personal tasks, such as online shopping, paying household bills and sorting out their social life. According to the survey, on average, seven personal tasks are carried out during working hours every day.

    Mary Kingston has been out on the streets to speak to members of the public who have been wasting their employer’s time, and Derek is also joined in studio by Patricia Murray, an Occupational Psychologist with the Health and Safety Authority, and on the line from Galway racecourse by Paddy Power, the bookmaker, who employs 3,500 people in Ireland, the UK and Australia...

    Hedgerows: It is an offence 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'. For more information, click here.

    UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:

    Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed

    BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted.  It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.

    Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made.  This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.

    The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:

    (a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
    (b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).

    The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.

    Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.

    BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal.  In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.

    BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.

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

    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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