While on route to Dublin on bank holiday Monday, I read this week’s health feature ‘Having that conversation’ in which Margaret Hawkins speaks with Ireland’s longest-surviving heart transplant recipient, Andy Kavanagh. I remember being quite young when I first heard about someone donating their organs and I was full of curiosity.

In an effort to increase organ donations, Minister for Health Simon Harris will soon introduce a new system that will presume consent for organ retrieval unless the deceased person, ‘opted out’ in advance of their death