The proposals come just days after Minister in charge of the National Drugs Strategy Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said a more liberal and progressive attitude towards illegal drugs was needed. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Ireland should follow the example of Portugal and offer counselling and other assistance to people caught by gardaí with small quantities of drugs rat(...)

Independent TD Finian McGrath: ‘Very violent people had to be locked up in prison’

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World War Two graves in Normandy, France. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

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