Time To Shine


This afternoon.

Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly arriving for Cabinet meeting in Government Buildings to discuss tougher NPHET measures on the elderly, publicans and sports matches.

Would someone please give him a hat?

Ah here.




Minister for Social Protection and Minister for Community and Rural Development and the Islands Heather Humphreys arrives for Cabinet in red to match her motor.

Name that jammer, anyone?


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13 thoughts on “Time To Shine

    1. GiggidyGoo

      Has to be an Opel Insignia. Not a Vauxhall. Angela wouldn’t like it if it wasn’t an Opel.

  1. Johnny Green

    Times up.
    Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the status of the relevant programmes and routes to medicinal cannabis for children that may be considered suitable.
    Donnelly asked the Minister for Health when medical cannabis will go on sale here at licensed pharmacists; the way in which it will be distributed to pharmacists once approved; and the location from which it will be sourced.
    Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the progress made on the commencement of the compassionate access programme for patients that require treatment with medicinal cannabis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
    Donnelly asked the Minister for Health when a cannabis for medicinal use access programme will be put in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

    Perhaps,Stephen would be so kind as to now answer his own questions.


    1. GiggidyGoo

      Wouldn’t it be gas if Simon Harris were to ask him – won’t happen because they are in Government together though.

        1. Johnny Green

          Hilarious Cian.
          I’m sure the many long time sick and suffering cannabis patients,will see the gallows humor in FG/FF kicking the ball down the road once again – HAHA !

          1. Johnny Green

            Totally supportive of full legislation,they will miss the tax or vig on dealers,but it is what it is….

          2. Johnny Green

            -“Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Justice and Drugs Jonathan O’Brien TD has tonight outlined the party’s support for passage of the Cannabis..

            Research has indicated that introducing medicinal cannabis legally does not have any crime exacerbating effect.

            The research findings run counter to arguments suggesting the legalisation of cannabis products for medical purposes poses a danger to public health in terms of exposure to violent crime and property crimes.

            It is Sinn Fein’s view that every person has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

            In the past, myself and other Sinn Fein TDs called for Sativex spray and CBD oil to made available to persons suffering with conditions such as MS and Dravet’s Syndrome.

            We need to move towards an evidence-based model of depenalisation of drugs founded on international best practice, so that vulnerable drug users can access the supports they need, but also that persons who have specific medical conditions can access cannabis based medicines when they need them.

            It is bad enough to witness the pain of a loved one with a chronic debilitating illness where there is no prospect of recovery, but simply the vista of watching their condition slowly deteriorate until death – but to have to try and ease their pain under the threat of prosecution for providing them with a product that might ease their suffering is another thing altogether. for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016”-


      1. Johnny Green

        -first we expand qualifying conditions from the 3 today to include “chronic pain”,allowing patients to grow their own Trojan Horse:)

  2. Johnny Green

    this ‘reserch’ conducted by people who’s livehoods depend on drugs reaming illegal is widely quoted(laughed at) as having set back legislation by years.

    “..cannabis use among adolescents and young adults increased after 2011, coinciding with a decline in perceived risk of regular use. The prevalence estimate for cannabis dependence increased from 1.1% to 3.6% from 2011 to 2015. From 2008 to 2016, there were increases in the rates of cannabis related addiction treatment episodes among adolescents and among young adults of 40% and 168% respectively. Cannabis related admissions to general and psychiatric hospitals increased by 90% and 185% respectively. Conclusion A concerted public health response is required to address escalating cannabis related health harms which have coincided with the arrival of more potent cannabis..”


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