Leinster House, Dublin 2
Vera Twomey (pic 3) joins protestors to support People Before Profit TD Gine Kenny’s bill to legalise medicinal cannabis, currently being debated in the Dáil.
Vera says her daughter Ava’s sezures from Dravets Syndrome
Watch proceedings here
Top: Solidarity People Before Profit TDs Paul Murphy. Richard Boyd Barrett, Gino Kenny and Brid Smith talking to the media before the debate.
Shocking to hear @veras1 has collapsed outside the #Dáil as it looks likely government will introduce a restricted medicinal cannabis bill that won’t help Ava Barry #Veratwomey #Dáil pic.twitter.com/rohwlXeJc5
— Mick Caul (@caulmick) November 9, 2017
I just spoke on #MedicinalCannabis Bill and it appears FF and SF are going to support the Bill now, public pressure has clearly been a part of this. It shows that campaigning can have impact, particularly the campaign work of Vera Twomey @veras1 #dubw #Dáil
— Ruth Coppinger TD (@RuthCoppingerTD) November 9, 2017
Interesting development with Gino Kenny’s Medical Cannabis Bill – Health Committee recommended killing the Bill, but now FF and SF members of that committee seem to be changing their views to allow it to proceed – heavily amended.
— Justin McCarthy (@MrJustinMac) November 9, 2017
More as we get it.
The Government has agreed to allow the progression of legislation to provide for medical cannabis to the next legislative stage.
The move is despite the fact that the Oireachtas Committee on Health recommended withdrawing Gino Kenny’s bill because of “fundamental flaws” in the legislation.
Minister of State at the department of Justice and Equality David Stanton said he was of the view that “if you have a very flawed piece of legislation, it might not be possible to amend it, perhaps it should be redrafted and resubmitted”.
However he said there seemed to be a consensus among TDs that the bill should proceed to Committee stage in the Dáil.