On Wednesday 20th of June I travelled with my mum to Belfast. That evening we were audience members in the Stephen Nolan Ulster BBC show. The show is normally aired on TV on Wednesday nights on BBC1 from 10.35pm until 11.25pm. It was the last show in the series until they resume in September. It is a current affairs show. It is similar to the Frontline, current affairs show in Ireland that is on RTE1.

Stephen Nolan is a presenter on radio and TV. He is extremely good at his job and the BBC is very fortunate to have him.

My mother is a huge fan of Stephen Nolan. She continuously listens to him when he is on the radio. Even in bed at night time the radio is on listening to his weekend show which he hosts in the UK.

Through my mother I have now become a fan of Stephen’s radio and TV shows. I regularly listen to him. Some people might find him controversial but that is because he deals with the topics that people don’t want to deal with. For example, the first topic on his show last Wednesday night was the topic about the right to die. The topic centred around the debate as to whether a paralysed man should have the right to die.

The paralysed man can only blink and thus is taking a court case to allow him the right to die. Assisted suicide is available in Switzerland by an organisation called DIGNITAS. It begs the question will it ever become available in Ireland or the UK?

When the topic was being discussed I asked a question from the audience – it was more of a rhetorically question – if you legislate for assisted suicide in the UK or Ireland then where do you draw the line? How loosely do you allow the legislation? The show is a fast flowing show and there are time constraints like any other TV program. Hence, I wasnt expecting to debate out the issue of whether legislation should be implemented? Moreover, how such legislattion should be drafted. As a solicitor I feel it would be difficult to legislate because the courts normally judge each case on its own merits and facts.

Other topics on the show was about fixing the mileage on a car and then selling. Another topic was about how some people didn’t get the queens jubilee tickets.

After the show my mum and I got to meet Stephen. We were so happy to meet him. He is such a nice guy and so down to earth. His production team were very friendly to my mum and I and accommodated us to whatever we needed in terms of our disability.

I wish Stephen and all his team all the best with their next series of his TV show.

Keep up the good work.

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