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Vera Twomey touching the gates of Leinster House after her marathon walk in March 2017 in support of her campaign for her daughter Ava Barry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey has said she was “devastated” to read comments from doctors in Monday’s Irish Times criticising “the one-sid(...)

Vera Twomey says her daughter, who has severe epilepsy, is thriving since she started using medicinal cannabis and hasn’t been admitted to hospital in two years. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Vera Twomey has said that she was “devastated” to read the comments of doctors in Monday’s Irish Times who criticised “t(...)

Sean Fenton, a first year student at Trinity College Dublin, believes cannabis oil helped him to reduce the level of strong anti-epileptic drugs which he said had the side effect of slowing his brain down.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Sean Fenton spoke to The Irish Times this time last year while in the middle of repeating his Leaving Cert. On January 16th, 2017 he said he hoped ca(...)

Yvonne Cahalane with Tristan Forde (3) and his brother Oscar (5) at home in Dunmanway, Co Cork.  Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

The last two Decembers have been the best and worst of times for Yvonne Cahalane and her husband John Forde. In December 2015, she set out with their(...)

Ava Barry, a seven year old girl from Co Cork, has been granted permission to use medicinal cannabis to prevent severe epilepsy attacks. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Ava Barry, a seven year old girl from Co Cork, has been granted permission to use medicinal cannabis to prevent severe epilepsy attacks. Minister for(...)

Vera Twomey touching the gates of Leinster House after her marathon walk in March 2017 in support of her campaign for her daughter Ava Barry. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris has granted a licence for the use of medicinal cannabis by seven-year-old Ava Barry from Cork who suffers with a seve(...)

A rally in support of Ava Barry held at the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin on Saturday, September 16th saw a crowd of about 120 gathered at 2pm. Photograph: Peter Smyth/The Irish Times

A rally in central Dublin is being held in support of seizure-sufferer Ava Barry (7) on Saturday afternoon calling on the Government to allow her acce(...)

Vera Twomey  from Aghabullogue, Co Cork, with her daughter Ava, who suffers from Dravet’s Syndrome. Photograph:   Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

The mother of a child who suffers from catastrophic seizures arising out of an extreme form of epilepsy has said she is “ecstatic” that the Governmen(...)

Dr Colin Doherty  said there was growing evidence for the effectiveness of CBD (a cannabidiol oil derived from  cannabis, pictured above) and initial studies were encouraging, but not definitive. File photograph: Getty Images

Treating epilepsy using medicinal cannabis offers a “tantalising new horizon” for severe disabling seizures, but scientific studies are not yet “defin(...)

Buds of cannabis at a a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, California, US. Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised he will take action on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. File photograph: Jim Wilson/The New York Times

Minister for Health Simon Harris has promised the mother of an ill child that he will take action on the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in Jan(...)

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