Miriam Donohue: Enough is enough – carers need cherishing not cuts
The death last week of popular RTE sports broadcaster Colm Murray at the age of 61 after a battle with motor neurone disease saddened the nation. It was impossible not to have been touched watching the repeat of the TV documentary on Sunday night on his valiant fight to find a cure for the illness that takes the lives of more than 100 people in Ireland each year.
Colm was diagnosed three years ago and in recent months was totally incapacitated and needed full-time care. He died peacefully at home in Dublin surrounded by his family. As well as the care of his medical team he was lovingly looked after by his devoted wife, Anne.
A case of another well-known broadcaster being cared for by his wife was highlighted at the weekend. The BBC's political presenter and commentator, Andrew Marr, spent two months in hospital after suffering a stroke in January, and his wife Jackie Ashley became his full-time carer.