Saturday 25 February 2017

When the nanny State mistakes our bodily organs for its own

New rules governing the donation of bodily parts after death are very disconcerting, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Enda Kenny wants your body. A terrifying thought at the best of times. Add to that shock the disturbing news that Eamon Gilmore wants it, too, and you have all the makings of a woman's worst nightmare. Not just a woman's either. The new Government isn't fussy about whose body they get their greedy mitts on -- male, female; young, old; black, white.

We're all fair game, thanks to a little-noticed clause in the Programme for Government changing the traditional rules on organ donation. Once the paperwork is completed, it will be assumed that anyone who dies in an untimely fashion, with healthy, usable organs to spare, has given their unspoken consent to have them harvested by doctors, unless they apply to the relevant authorities for an exemption.

In the midst of the new Government's efforts to get to grips with Ireland's ongoing economic woes, it might seem like a small matter, but the pleasing thing about George Hook is that nothing is so insignificant as to miss the broadcaster's beady eye.

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