TV sports reporter Stephen Watson has hailed the Health Minister's decision to consult on soft opt-out organ donation.
he broadcaster, who's one of Northern Ireland's best-known kidney transplant recipients, told the Belfast Telegraph that it was "amazing news".
Soft opt-out would mean that adults automatically become donors unless they specifically say otherwise, and it would see Northern Ireland mirror the rest of the UK, including England, where the law changed earlier this year.
Stephen, who had a second kidney transplant in December 2019, having received the first from his father 30 years earlier, said, if successful, "it will bring us in line with the rest of the UK".
"It's a wonderful day for organ donation," the 48-year-old added.
"What difference it makes to organ donation in the long-term remains to be seen because the live donation programme in Northern Ireland is so strong as well, but what it will do is make the conversation with families much easier if they lose a loved one."
The consultation is expected to begin in the autumn. Currently around 47% of the population here is on an organ donation register, and there are approximately 112 people waiting on a transplant.
The BBC reporter, who has spoken publicly about his personal journey on dialysis, also said he hopes it "makes a big impact on organ donation down the line".
"I would always stress for people to remember is that when this system is brought into Northern Ireland the permission to donate an organ will still rest with the person's loved ones and next of kin, so it's not as if someone is going to take organs away without your consent," he added.
"It is great news and it will make the conversation with people a lot easier. I hope it makes a huge difference."
The Health Minister said we had an excellent record in organ donation and transplantation, but believes more can be done to increase the number of organs available for those in need of a transplant.
"While approximately 47% of the Northern Ireland population are currently on the organ donation register, there are still approximately 112 waiting on a transplant," he said.
"We must do more to increase the number of donor organs available. With many more people willing to consider donating an organ than are actually registered as donors, I have long believed that an opt-out system would be hugely beneficial and ultimately would save lives here.
"It is therefore my intention to consult on policy proposals for the introduction of a soft opt-out system. This would bring us in line with the other countries in the UK. In the meantime, I encourage everyone to discuss their wishes about organ donation with their family and friends."
In 2016 former UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson tabled a piece of legislation to introduce an opt-out system, but it was rejected by Stormont's health committee.
At that time some senior clinicians warned that we were not ready for such a system, and described the Assembly Bill as unhelpful.
Fearghal McKinney, head of BHF NI, which "has long supported this proposal", welcomed the move towards introducing soft opt-out organ donation legislation. "It is a positive step that ultimately could help end the heartache for those who are waiting on the precious gift of a donated organ," he said.