Vera Twomey faces arrest in Dublin today
Cork campaigner Vera Twomey plans to bring medical cannabis into Dublin Airport today, which could result in her arrest, as the medicine is illegal here. Ms Twomey, MEP Luke Flanagan and TD Gino Kenny are due to arrive at Dublin Airport at midday, although the flight has been delayed until 12.25am.
The move is an echo of the famous contraceptive train in 1971, when members of the Irish Women's Liberation Movement illegally brought contraceptives into the Republic of Ireland, from Belfast.
Vera Twomey has fought a long-running battle for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis in Ireland. Her seven year old daughter Ava suffers from a rare form of epilepsy and can have multiple seizures each day.
Vera posted a video of Luke Flanagan, Gino Kenny and herself, apparently in Barcelona Airport where Vera said she had legally bought medicine to treat her sick daughter Ava and was planning to bring it into Dublin.
Mr Flanagan said he was in Barcelona to support Vera in her quest to get justice for her child. “We are going back to Dublin Airport now and we will see what will happen now. There is one thing for sure, the right thing is being done,” he said on a video posted on Facebook.
In a Facebook post, Mr Flanagan wrote that “today Vera has challenged the Irish state right at its border. By bringing medicinal cannabis into Dublin Airport, Vera was taking a big step in the fight to decriminalise the plant for medicinal use.
“She has travelled the road of ‘compassionate exemption’ for the importation of cannabis. This road, as laid down by Minister Harris and his civil servants, is neither compassionate nor an exemption.”
He added that “Vera did her upmost to comply. Doctors were consulted, neurologists were consulted, reports were submitted, endless forms were filled out. She complied with every step asked of her by the HSE, the Department of Health and the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA). She got caught in a circus which spun her from the Ministers office to the Oireachtas Committee on Health and on to the HPRA.
“As per the women and men of the condom train, she has challenged the state by going abroad and importing something that the state deemed immoral. Arrest her and deny her child the medicine she needs, or let her through and collapse this farce,” he said.
Vera Twomey had also planned to walk for her daughter tomorrow to highlight her campaign.
The march to make cannabis legal is due to take place tomorrow at 2pm starting at the Peace Park on Grand Parade.
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