THIS hermit lives alone in a remote part of the country with no television, computer, electricity, smart phone – or even a standard phone for that matter.
His lighting is provided by candles and a battery-operated head torch.
Alex Scade is one of the people Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte last week referred to as "cavemen" – people who, despite their frugal lifestyle, are set to be hit by the Government's controversial new broadcast charge.
"It isn't fair. It is undemocratic and penalises people for the lifestyle choice they make," Alex told the Sunday Independent from his neighbour's phone in Allihies, West Cork.
"Of course it is unfair. Why should I have to pay a broadcasting charge when I don't have anything to broadcast with? I don't even have a telephone," he said.
"It is a shame if this charge is going to apply to people like me. I think it is very unfair. If you don't have a car, you don't have to pay car tax, do you?"
His home on the rugged Beara Peninsula operates as a self-funded sanctuary for injured wild animals.
Alex cooks on a small gas hob and heats his home in the winter with a solid fuel stove.
Virtually every cent he gets is spent on helping nurse injured wild animals back to health.
"I wanted a peaceful life where it was just me and nature," Alex added.
"I don't think I am missing out on anything with modern appliances. Far from it. People who visit my home are constantly telling me that they cannot get over the peace and the tranquillity it has. There are no distractions with ringing phones and beeping noises from TVs and computers."
Alex is furious over the new broadcasting charge which, from 2015, will apply to all Irish households irrespective of whether they have a TV set, computer or even electricity.
He is particularly annoyed because his small income is already invested in helping the animals he has devoted his life to.
The 64-year-old is famous throughout west Cork for his love of animals and is regarded locally as a modern day 'Grizzly Adams'.
"I have a kestrel at the moment that I'm looking after because it had a badly broken wing," he said.
"A while back I was able to release a heron into the wild. I had been looking after it for three months after it suffered a badly broken wing as well."
Alex calls his home the Beara Donkey Sanctuary and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and what he doesn't spend on fuel and food for himself goes into animal feed and medicines.
"I don't know what this broadcasting charge is going to be but whatever it costs it would pay for a good bit of feed for my donkeys and birds," he said.
As well varying numbers of injured wild birds, Alex has seven donkeys and ponies to feed.
Mr Rabbitte has insisted everyone will have to pay the broadcasting charge which replaces the old TV licence fee.
He dismissed concerns that the charge is unfair for those who do not have TVs or computers.
"I don't believe that we have cavemen in the country. I don't believe there are people who don't watch television and don't access content on their iPhone, iPad or whatever," Mr Rabbitte said in an RTE interview last week.
The new system is designed to take account of the fact a growing number of people do not own a TV set and view their television content on computers or mobile devices.
The Labour TD said the new charge will not necessarily be higher than the existing TV licence fee.
"Publicly funded, public-service broadcasting and content are now available to everyone on an ever-increasing number of platforms and devices, and in fact access is not dependent on the ownership of a device," he said.
"Everybody benefits from the availability of these services, regardless of how content is accessed or relayed to the public, and therefore it is my view that the cost should be borne by society as a whole."
Mr Rabbitte has hinted that the Revenue Commissioners may be tasked with collecting the new charge.