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Vera Twomey has medicine confiscated in Dublin Airport

Friday, 21st April, 2017 2:58pm

Cork medical cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey tried to bring medical cannabis into Ireland today through Dublin Airport.

The medicine is illegal here and an RTÉ journalist reported that Ms Twomey was held for over an hour and the substance was seized.

It is believed that she and her companions MEP Luke Flanagan and TD Gino Kenny were searched by customs but were not arrested and that the medicine has been sent for forensic testing.

Speaking to media in Dublin Airport, she said: “It's a complete travesty, it's a complete injustice. This medicine is available all over Europe. This is the medication that can give my daughter a future and I'm not being allowed to have it.

“I want the the very best that I can get for my daughter. I'm not going to come in through Dublin Airport like a sleeveen with something to be ashamed of. I have nothing to be ashamed of.”

The move was 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.

This morning 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 and Mr Kenny said they were 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. 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.

Vera Twomey's seven year old daughter Ava suffers from a rare form of epilepsy and has multiple seizures each day.

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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