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Be the Change public meeting comes to Cork

Thursday, 21st September, 2017 9:26am

A People Before Profit (PBP)TD has accused the Government of failing Cork mother Vera Twomey and her sick daughter.

Speaking at a PBP public event in Cork city earlier this week, where one of the main issues addressed was the ongoing campaign for medicinal cannabis access in Ireland, Richard Boyd Barrett lashed out at the Government

“The cruelty, the contempt, the dishonesty, the deception that has characterised the Government’s response and much of the mainstream media who have colluded with them in deceiving people about what is at stake in Vera’s individual case with Ava and in terms of what's in that bill is just shocking,” he said.

The case he was referring to is that of Cork woman Vera Twomey, who has been fighting for the legalisation of medical cannabis for her daughter Ava, who suffers from Dravet’s Syndrome - an extremely rare form of drug-resistant epilepsy that affects one in 60,000 children.

Earlier this summer Ms Twomey said she was being “forced out of the country” to access treatment for Ava and in June Ms Twomey revealed that her daughter was starting “life-changing” treatment in the Netherlands.

According to the Ava Barry fundraising page, the seven year old is remaining seizure free after taking medical CBD and THC in Holland.

Last month however, Ms Twomey and her other three children were forced to return to Ireland, while Ava and her father Paul remain abroad.

The meeting, which was held in the Clayton Hotel on Monday night, is part of PBP’s nationwide Be the Change campaign, which aims to connect local communities and encourage people to get politically active on the issues that matter to them.

The need to campaign on issues such as the legalisation of medicinal cannabis is one of the reasons Mr Boyd Barrett is keen to grow the party.

“PBP can't grow quick enough. There's still not enough of us. We need to build and build quickly and I think Vera’s story and Gino’s story around the issue of medicinal cannabis sums up the reasons why we need to grow and need to grow fast.”

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