A Facebook post from Vera Twomey yesterday

Vera Twomey received a People of the Year award last week for her successful campaign to obtain medicinal cannabis for her daughter Ava, a sufferer of Dravet Syndrome.

Ms Twomey has claimed she confronted Mr Varadkar before the awards ceremony about the passage of legislation to make it easier to access cannabis oil.

Describing him as “rude”, Ms Twomey said the Taoiseach told her he could not support the bill as he had not received promised amendments from its sponsor, Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Gino Kenny.

Ronan Emmett writes:

Is he a liar or not? This cuts to the very heart of our democracy and people like him get away with it when good people say nothing.

Is Leo a liar? If he is he needs to go. This isn’t funny anymore. It’s time for some radical action.

Vera Twomey (Facebook)

Previously: And It Stoned Me

Vera Twomey on Broadsheet

Good times.

Never mind.

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Pix 1,2: Behind the Merchant’s Quay centre, opposite the bus station, Cork city today.

Pix 3,4: Washington street, Cork.

(Thanks Anne Patricia)


Dublin 2.


Carole writes:

Jaysus! The crowd from The Barge is all the way up past Rathmines Bridge….

There’s even a Garda van circling.

More as we get it.



Carole adds:

With sun melted heads as far as the eye could see.Pic 1: From The Barge up to Rathmines; Pic 2: From Portobello towards HaroldsX and Pic 3: Garda van full of Gardai, circling

Above: Maser with his Repeal mural at the Project Arts Centre , Temple Bar

It went up.

It went down.

It went up again

Via The Project Arts Centre

The Charities Regulator has informed Project Arts Centre that the display of Maser’s ‘Repeal the 8th’ artwork is ‘political activity’ and that Project is therefore in breach of the Charities Act 2009 and not in line with Project’s ‘charitable purpose’.

Should the artwork not be removed, Project risks losing its charitable status. Project Arts Centre respects the authority of the Charities Regulator and will comply with their order to remove Maser’s artwork.

Fiona Slevin, Chair of Project Arts Centre said:

“We strive to sustain Project’s stated purpose and objectives, namely to remain Ireland’s leading centre for the presentation and development of contemporary art, and to work with artists across all art forms to make and present extraordinary works that inspire and provoke.

The artwork by Maser fits precisely with this remit. In presenting Maser’s work, we are facilitating the presentation of art by a highly regarded, award-winning street artist who has displayed artworks across Ireland, Europe and the United States.”

Maser’s artwork will be painted over by the Artistic Director of Project Arts Centre, Cian O’Brien at 11am at the centre on Monday.

All welcome.

Previously: It’s Back

Meanwhile, In Temple Bar

Top pic: Ste

Did you remember to watch?

You forgot?

No. Worries. Man.

A big, warm hug to, clockwise from top left: Richy Sheehy & Johnny Keenan; Vanessa Foran; ‘Preposterous‘; Dan BoyleMarc ‘Prince of Pot’ Emery, Niall Neligan and Vera Twomey, our panel on last night’s Broadsheet on the Telly.

To celebrate our 60th episode, we held a 420 special covering all aspects of the struggle to legalise cannabis in Ireland.

Vera took us through her fight to obtain a licence for cannabis oil for her daughter Ava, Canada-born Marc eloquently recalled his own 30-year campaign (five of them in prison) while Niall, from the law department at DIT, explained the business behind the global ‘Green Rush’.

A rousing, Richie Sheehy (with Johnny at an undisclosed location; both possibly pickled on ‘jazz cigarettes’) closed the evening with his aged, yet timely, ‘The Cannabis Tree’.

Some light swearing.

Previously: Broadsheet on the Telly


We mistakenly omitted the ‘sheet‘s Olga Cronin (above) from our ‘Brady Bunch‘ panel above.