Nearly There


This morning/afternoon.

Inchicore, Dublin 8.

Vera Twomey with supporters on the final day of her 260km walk from her home in Cork to the Dáil.

Vera’s walk is a protest against decisions to restrict her seven-year-old daughter Ava, who has a rare form of epilepsy, from accessing cannabis-based medication.

Worsening health has forced Vera to finish her journey in a wheelchair.

Vera is expected to arrive at Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 at approx 3pm today.

All welcome.

Previously: Vera Twomey on broadsheet.

Picture: Sam Boal/



Vera Twomey with supporters on Kildare Street, Dublin 2 this afternoon

G’wan Vera.



Vera Twomey and People Before Profit Gino Kenny TD on the plinth at Leinster House this afternoon.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

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40 thoughts on “Nearly There

  1. Anomanomanom

    So no job then, looking for hands out is she ppffttt off to the stocks. But seriously Everybody knows by now that cannabis related medication works, its known for hundreds of years now, I really cant understand why its not legal.

        1. Clampers Outside!

          Big pharma had a hand in keeping cannabis illegal through their interest / lobby groups in the US and thus preventing any research on the plant for decades.

          But you fire ahead on the pullpoo if you so desire.

    1. ReproBertie

      Because “everybody knows” =/= scientific evidence. Sure everybody knows that the holy water from St. Malachi’s Well will cure gout.

      It’s happening though. Legalisation comes dropping slow.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        They’ll drag their feet on this as long as they can, regardless of the many, many examples of the medical effectiveness of marijuana.

        It’s yet another example of vested interests, along with an old-fashioned conservatism at work in government.

        1. MoyestWithExcitement

          +1 You can grow cannabis in your bedroom, unlike medicine, plus anything fun and pleasurable is dangerous and will corrupt society.

        2. ReproBertie

          The bill to legalise is already at committee stage.

          As I said, it’s slow but it’s coming.

      2. Anomanomanom

        One is everybody knows, becausr its been proven and used for centuries, the other is everybody knows*wink wink* that miracles happen because they believe, not proven every.

  2. Rob_G

    While I wish that lady and her daughter all the best, I don’t think that national health policy should be decided on the testimony of a single person.

    1. Gah!

      There’s a wealth of evidence to back her claims and it is a policy change that would improve the lives of thousands over a broad range of ailments.

      1. Cian

        I thought she couldn’t get a paediatric neurologist to sign-off that the child needed it. And if she could get a paediatric neurologist to agree then an exception could be made.

        1. anne

          They’re not trained to sign off on the use of it..they are some willing to go abroad for training but the gov dont want that either.

      2. Rob_G

        I don’t disagree with you; but I think that if we legalise medicinal cannabis, it should be on this basis, and not on the basis of a popular campaign.

        I don’t think that the HSE should pay for homeopathy, regardless of how popular this might be as a decision, for example.

        1. Cian

          Of course the HSE should pay for homeopathy.

          One thing I’ve learned over the last 2 years is that nobody in Ireland wants to pay for water – it should be funded from general taxation.

          1. MoyestWithExcitement

            Yes that’s a funny joke because a plant with demonstratable benefits is homoeopathy and homeopathy and water are the same thing.

    2. Kieran NYC

      That’s pretty much how Ireland is run, for better or worse.

      An issue can chug along for years, but one phone call to Joe…

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        To be fair, it’s one of the few positives of Liveline, having such a public platform to air grievances.

        Once you sift through all the general giving out, that is.

        1. postmanpat

          HA!! I though ” one phone call to Joe” was a euphemism for weed dealer! Seriously though, if everyone in the country who uses cannabis donated half a gram towards this poor young wan , she’d have enough for a lifetime.

    3. Devine

      No Rob_G it isn’t being decided on the testimony of one person, seriously…you need to do your homework!

      1. Rob_G

        If, as Cian has suggested above, Vera Twomey was in fact unable to get her paediatric neurologist to agree to an exception, then yes, we are being asked to take a person’s personal testimony over medical evidence.

  3. DavidT

    As your one says, if things happened depending upon deaths caused, heroin would be legal and cars would be banned but I think that’s called utilitarianism and we can’t have that.

    Any other examples?

  4. louislefronde

    Reading through the recent HPRA report on Cannabis for Medical Use. One would have to conclude that the worst affliction that exists in Ireland, is the typical conservatives addicted to ignorance and stupidity.

    Seriously, that HPRA report is truly narrow and ignorant in its ‘understanding’ of medicinal cannabis….or the lack thereof. The writers of the HPRA report are wilfully ignoring that fact that there is already a lot of evidence in support of medicinal cannabis beyond the three categories which they have directed their limited their attention to. Which of course was predetermined before the report was written.

    Perhaps the conservatives in the Department of Health on the HPRA should consider the following: why is it that both Canada and Germany (two larger and more scientifically advanced countries than Ireland) have more progressive approaches towards medicinal cannabis? Bearing in mind health departments in both countries have the same access to scientific and medical evidence as Ireland’s HPRA

    If the only true answer to that is that Ireland (the HPRA, the medical profession and the Department of Health) has a ‘conservative culture’…well then, that is no answer at all.

    Science is science irrespective of where it emanates from, the evidence is there which supports medicinal use of cannabis in a variety of ailments The HPRA and the morons in the Department of Health can try and ignore it, but ultimately they end up looking foolish.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      Hi LeFronde, may I call you Louis….

      Well Louis, I’d love to see you do a BS post or two on here with regard to two big debates I see going on in Canada at the mo…
      1) The ‘M-103’ motion with regard to free speech and the special inclusion of ‘Islamophobia’
      and 2) The ‘C-16’ bill and gender pronouns / gender identity

      I have an opinion myself largely formed from listening to Superman… I mean…. Dr. Jordan Peterson of UoT debate others on both these discussions …so I’m sure you’ll guess which side I fall on for either :)

      Anyway, wondering how these issues are playing out for Joe Canada… or is he even paying any attention…

    2. Sheik Yahbouti

      Agree fully, it is anti science. Sadly our ‘conservatives’ appear to be obsessed by the fear that someone, somewhere, might be having a good time – and we can’t have that, can we?

      1. Zena

        I’d be very interested to hear both Louis and your views, on the verdict of this case.

  5. The Lorax

    Kate O’Connell is a Fine Gael TD and PHARMACIST in Rathgar with her husband, she has just compared risks of CBD with that of using Thalidomide when pregnant ‘look what happened then’? She meanwhile rolls out (sorry) the prescriptions for opiate painkillers etc which are seriously habit forming and cause overdoses…

    Fine Gael TD Kate O’Connell said she would be concerned if the State started telling doctors what to do.
    She said that if anyone suffered an overdose of CBD (cannabinoid), “the blood could be on our hands.
    “Let’s not rip up the rulebook, with the possibility of terrible unintended side-effects that were never anticipated. That’s why we have robust trials,” she said. “Everyone thought thalidomide was great at first.”

    1. MoyestWithExcitement

      “She said that if anyone suffered an overdose of CBD (cannabinoid), “the blood could be on our hands.”

      She’s a pharmacist who doesn’t know that is effectively impossible to overdose from CBD. Or maybe she does know.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        I’d call it wilfully stupid.

        She’s counting on the fact that because she’s a pharmacist people who don’t know much about marijuana will take this utter nonsense as fact.

        1. Yep


          Ridiculous. You don’t have to believe marijuana is a magic medicine (I don’t ) but to try frame it with it thalidomide is shameful.

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