Blood sacrifice: banning gay blood in Northern Ireland
The health ministers in England, Scotland and Wales have already lifted the ban on the basis of a new review of the clinical evidence which concludes that there is no significant risk to public safety warranting a continuation of the ban.
Edwin Poots's decision dominated the Nolan Show on Monday and Tuesday of this week, with many callers ringing seeking an explanation from the minister. Some commentators argue that his decision reflects an "outdated and irrational prejudice" rather than a concern for public safety.
Read a background briefing on the issue from the Terrence Higgins Trust.
On Sunday, I'll be talking the new Chief Commissioner for Human Rights in Northern Ireland about whether he thinks the minister's decision raises any issues of concern.